Darwin Leon Maxwell (Dickey), age 48, was unexpectedly called to join the Lord May 5, 2014.
Posted Friday, May 16, 2014
Darwin Leon Maxwell (Dickey), age 48, was unexpectedly called to join the Lord May 5, 2014. Darwin was born Dec. 19, 1965, to Dorothy (Dabney) Maxwell and Leon Maxwell in Roswell, N.M. He attended school in New Mexico, Texas, and Billings, Mont., graduating in 1984 from Billings Senior High School.
Darwin married his soul mate Kimberly Phillips Aug. 20, 2005. Together they have seven children: Skylar (Nicole), Kayla (Kameron), LaKendra, Kiahnna (Justin), Buddy, Zairia and Darryn. Darwin loved his children more than life and always worked very hard to support them. When he became “Grandpa Dickie” he beamed with pride, spoiling his grandchildren, Jordace, Tayshaun, Ally, Alexis, Isiaha, Julian and James. Each time these little ones saw Grandpa they squealed with excitement, ran to him and climbed all over him. Little James was just getting to know his Grandpa Dickie.
Darwin will be missed more than words can ever describe, and always remembered as the happy, optimistic father, husband, coach and friend that he was. He had friends all across the United States, more than we could even begin to count. He never knew a stranger. Everyone who met Darwin liked him immediately for his friendly and positive attitude. He had an infectious smile and laugh that is truly unforgettable and will forever be ingrained in our minds. He was also well known to always be willing to help anyone in any way he could, gladly lending a hand no matter what the situation was.
His love for sports was a major part of his life. He loved football, softball, fast pitch and even horseshoes. There wasn’t a sport he couldn’t master as he was a true athlete. He took pride playing basketball and football through high school for Senior High, and later excelled at slow pitch and fast pitch softball. This led to coaching, something he was extremely passionate about. Many kids will forever remember Darwin as their favorite coach and mentor.
When it came to work, Darwin had a code of ethics that was impeccable. In any job he worked he was very dedicated to. Rarely was the day that Darwin called in sick. Co-workers always knew they could count on him. Darwin discovered he loved working in the oil field in January of 2005, when he moved to Cat Creek, Mont., and started working for Carrell Oil. In July, 2011, he moved to Baker, Mont. and began working for 4J Well Service. He formed many friendships and bonds with his “4J family”. He was so proud to be promoted to rig operator.
Darwin died doing two of the things he loved most – supporting his family and operating his rig.
Darwin is survived by his sisters, Wanda, Gwendolyn, Gwendell, Tanginikka, Tamika, LaShay, Chelsea (Billy, a true brother), Whitney.
He is preceded in death by both of his parents, and brothers Bobby and Emmit.
A memorial service was held in Plevna at the Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church. Funeral services were held in Billings at New Freedom Church, and burial was in the Yellowstone Valley Memorial Park.
A memorial foundation has been established for his small children at Fallon County Federal Credit Union.
Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.cfgbillings.com through “Our Families”.