Dennis Dwain Tarrant, 63, of Abilene, was led by Jesus to eternal life in Heaven on Monday, April 3, 2023, at his home following a valiant battle with cancer. He was born in Abilene on June 2, 1959, to Bill and Nita (Dixon) Tarrant.
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Monday, April 10 at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Tuesday, April 11 at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, with Dr. John Whitten and Dr. Jeff Reid officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Milliorn, Mike Bannister, Bobby Johnson, Terry Holden, David Pitzer, and Fernando Quintana.
Dennis graduated from Clyde High School in 1977. He then attended Tarleton State University, graduating in 1981 with a BBA. He married the love of his life Kim Flournoy, on May 21, 1983, in Abilene. Dennis worked at First State Bank from 1981 to 1988 and First Financial Bank for 33 years until 2022. In 2000, he received a degree from SMU Southwestern Graduate School of Banking. He served in several leadership roles in the Kiwanis Club of Greater Abilene over a 35-year period and served on several non-profit boards including Abilene Slowpitch Softball Assoc., American Heart Assoc., and March of Dimes. Dennis also served Pioneer Drive Baptist Church by sitting on two committees.
When not working, Dennis enjoyed spending time on the family farm in Callahan County and at Lake Brownwood in his RV. In his younger years he loved motorcycles, was an avid softball player, and loved following son Troy’s various sporting activities, especially baseball. Dennis was a high school football official for the Abilene Chapter of UIL Texas Assoc. of Sports Officials for several years and enjoyed helping with D1 and D3 college football chains. He was known as Pops to his grandchildren and enjoyed watching his grandson Waylon play sports as well.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Nita Tarrant.
He is survived by his loving wife of almost 40 years, Kim; sons: Troy Tarrant and wife Whitney of Lubbock, TX, and Clay Tarrant of Abilene; grandchildren, Waylon Tarrant, Landri Tarrant, and Maddox Tarrant; sister Joleene Carson of Abilene; as well as aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Dennis was loved by many who considered him a good friend and who will do anything to continue caring for the family that he cherished.
Gifts and donations may be made to the Kiwanis Club of Greater Abilene, The Pioneer Drive Baptist Church Pioneer Possibility fund, or a charity of the donor’s choice.