James Darron Merritt

James Darron Merritt, 54, of Amarillo, passed away on September 17, 2021.  He was born August 1, 1967, in Plainview, Texas, to Joe and Joyce (Christian) Merritt.

James graduated from Caprock High School.  He  worked at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice William P. Clement Unit,  as a Correctional Officer for  many years.  He loved playing video games.  James’ favorite holiday was Halloween.  He spent several years volunteering at Amarillo Scare Grounds during the Halloween season. A few days before he passed away, he posted on his Facebook account to his “haunt family” and friends that he regretted that  he would not be able to work the haunt this year due to poor health.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Those left to cherish his memory are his brothers, Ricky Merritt and wife Josie Rios, and Kennith Merritt and wife Jennifer.


  1. Sue Boston

    Darron was a nice man. We went to high school together and he was always so quiet Rest in peace, Darron. Glad you are finally pain free.

  2. Karen Conoley

    I worked with Darrin at the Haunt. He sent me a friend’s request and said that I knew him and I would see him at the Haunt. I accepted his request I curious to find out who it was. I kept looking around to find out who Darren was, finally he came up and told me who he was. He was a very nice guy, so sorry he had to leave us, but I know that the Lord holds him in his hands now, and he is inmore pain. Praying for his Family.

  3. Nicholson Darce

    I remember Rest in PEACE Longhorn

  4. Nicholson

    Rest in PEACE

  5. Patrick Pylant

    I worked with Merritt for many years at Tdcj. He was a good man and I always enjoyed working with him, he will be missed by many still there. The family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Karen Raper

    I will miss him very much. He was one of my favorite people to work with at Clements Unit.

  7. Bonnie

    Rest in Peace

    Very nice guy we worked together at the Williams Clements Unit in Amarillo

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