June 23, 2009
Byron Paul Chew
Byron Paul Chew, 19, of Amarillo died Saturday, June 20, 2009. He was born May 14,1990, to Barry and Steffanie Chew. He attended Carver Elementary, Westover Middle School and Tascosa High School, where he was a member of the Tascosa baseball team and National Honor Society.
He received a scholarship to play baseball at Midland College, where he spent his freshman year. Byron was a son, brother, cousin, teammate, friend, hunter, fisher and avid baseball player. He was big brother, "Bub," to Duncan who grew up watching Byron play baseball and learned to love the sport himself.
Byron spent his high school and college years playing ball and also played one summer with the Blacksox, a summer baseball program in Burkburnett. But Byron's love for baseball didn't overshadow his other interests in life. He was a golf buddy to his grandparents, and was always ready to go hunting or fishing with anyone who would go with him. Byron's love of animals, large and small, led him to aspire to be a veterinarian.
His gentle ways would have proven to serve him well in that endeavor. Perhaps Byron will be most remembered by his awesome sense of humor and his wide grin. He was a respectful and sometimes quiet young man, but could laugh and joke with the best of them.
His quick wit was a source of entertainment to those around him. Byron was a permanent figure throughout his years at Carver Elementary School, where his mother is principal. He was always ready to lend a hand hauling books, cutting up the brisket for the faculty picnic, or helping kids shop at Santa's Shop. He will be greatly missed by the staff at Carver.
Survivors include his parents, Barry and Steffanie Chew of Amarillo; a brother, Duncan Chew of Amarillo; his grandparents, Paul and Claudia Dick from Dewey, Okla., and Lee and Mary Chew from Ramona, Okla.; his aunts and uncles, Paul H. Dick and Becky Thompson of Yukon, Okla., Bret and Melissa Chew and Jeff and BeLindia Fogle, all of Ramona; and 12 cousins, Robin, Travis and Trent Griggs, Kristie, Dustin and Kaden Minor, Brandi Woodward, Blake Chew, Blake Fogle and Ryan, Misty and Brynlee Thornbrugh, all of Oklahoma.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be to Midland College Baseball, in care of First Bank and Trust of Memphis, 6900 W. Interstate 40, Suite 125, Amarillo TX 79106. Donations may also be sent to MC for Midland College Baseball in memory of Byron, to the attention of Maricela Dominguez in the Office of Institutional Advancement, room 141 PAD, or to donate online, visit Give a Gift, or mail in your donation to:
MIDLAND COLLEGE FOUNDATION, INC.
3600 N. GARFIELD · MIDLAND, TX 79705