Dennis Eugene Wilson

Dennis Eugene Wilson, 61, of Amarillo, Texas, was born September 25, 1960, to Marion and Marie Morris in Bremerton, Washington. He was adopted at age 6 by Jack and Billie Wilson of Amarillo, Texas. He passed away on December 5, 2021, surrounded by family. 

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday,  December 11, 2021, at Lighthouse Funeral Chapel, 3707 Wolflin Ave., in Amarillo.

A viewing will be from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday,  December 10, and the family will receive visitors beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the funeral chapel.

Dennis married Troyce Beard on August 9, 1980, in Amarillo, Texas. They were married 41 years and 4 months at the time of his passing. Dennis enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1979 and ended his service in 1983. Afterward, he worked in the restaurant industry for many years. In 1996 he began working for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and retired in 2014, at the rank of Lieutenant.  After retirement, Dennis enjoyed spending time with his grandkids, woodworking, fishing, and watching the Texas Rangers.

Dennis was preceded in death by his biological and adopted parents; two sisters, Bonnie Maggard, and Sheryl Bennett; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Virgil and Roberta Beard.

Left to cherish his memories are his wife, Troyce Wilson of Amarillo, Texas; two sons and a daughter, Jerrod Wilson and wife Desiree, Carissa Wilson and spouse Luis Lujan, all of Amarillo, Texas, and Joshua Wilson and wife Lakota of Canyon, Texas; six grandchildren, Hunter, Brock, Lilith, Katherine, Arya, and Hayley;  a bonus daughter, Raquel Roberson, and family of Amarillo, Texas; his siblings, Joe Wilson and wife Debra of Amarillo; Niki Barney and husband Jay of Moody, Texas, David Hearn and wife Elise of Peoria, Illinois, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to:

High Plains Children’s Home


Storybridge,  Inc.



  1. Kila A Packineau

    My condolences, prayers, and sympathy to you and your family, Troyce.

  2. Terri Wages

    I worked with Dennis for many years. I enjoyed his friendship as well as his work Eric’s. A good man. God bless him and kelp him in your arms. Sending prayers for his family

  3. Jerry Wilton

    Sat in turnout and worked with Dennis for many years. He was always serious about his job. During turnout he would talk about the true loves of his life, his family. Good man, no longer hurting, singing with the Lord in heaven.

  4. Paul Preciado

    Dennis, loved by many! He was an amazing co worker and friend. Can’t say enough of the good he did while here on earth. For me, he picked me up, gave me rides to work when my vehicle wasn’t working. He picked up at work, when I was down. We walked fought side by side in many incidents, thereby had all my trust. Too many stories to share. One thing for certain, at the end of the day, we had each others back.
    With that type of dedication he possessed, I can’t imagine what a great husbad, father, brother, uncle and cousin I am sure he was.
    My heart goes out to Troyce and all the family members, as I know the loss is great. However, I hope you find comfort in knowing what a great addition he has made in heaven . He is now with God, conversating and hearing God say, ” What an awesome race you ran on Earth, with you I am well pleased!”
    I will miss you my brother in grey!!!!

  5. Don and Judy petersen

    We feel blessed to have been reunited with Dennis after losing track of him many years ago when he was a robust little boy with a head full of blonde curls and mischievous twinkle in his eyes.

  6. Vickie Ivie

    I worked along side Dennis for many years at the Neal unit. He was a good man and will be dearly missed. My prayers for Troyce, family, and friends. I’m so sorry for the pain in each of your heart. May Our Lord and Savior wrap you in comfort, strength, peace and love.

  7. Carissa Wilson

    In lieu of flowers, please send donations to High Plains Children’s Home or Storybridge. Thank you.

  8. Angie Longoria

    Very Sad to hear. I worked with him at Neal Unit. He was a Great person. Prayers to family.

  9. Cindy Brewer

    My sincere condolences. I pray each of you strength and peace during this time.

  10. Betty Evans

    My sincere condolences. He was a great person. Was the best guy to work with. I will miss him.

  11. Vee Gonzalez

    My condolences to the Wilson family, my prayers are with you all. I worked with Mr. Wilson and he was a goodman and supervisor. He will be missed. God Bless You, Mr. Wilson.

  12. Evelyn Parrack

    He was an awesome supervisor and friend .He trully was an asset to TDCJ

  13. Raquel Martinez

    An amazing man! I’m glad I got to meet you! Always had a smile! Rest in peace ?! Will be missed!

  14. James p Cummings

    My condoleneces. His adoptive mother Billie Fay Wilson was my aunt. I knew her and her husband Jack before they moved to Amarillo.

  15. Josh

    Dad we miss you every day. These granddaughters of yours are so big. Arya ask about you almost every day. We tell her you are gone fishing. It’s been hard. But we will make it.

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