Kenneth David Wallender, also known as K. David, July 28, 1939 – January 12, 2021. Passed away at his resident in Odessa, Texas.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 PM, Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 1:00 at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home in Odessa with Reverend Dr. Jimmy Braswell officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens
Born in Anderson, Missouri to Kenneth Clay Wallender and Ella Marcelle Wallender. As a child, he lived in Farmington, NM before his family moved to Crane, Texas for work. He graduated from Crane High School in 1957. While attending Crane High School, he was active in the Archery Club, Athletic Club, Rodeo Club, Study Club, FFA, Jr. Basketball and Sr. Play. He also formed a band, The Rhythm Rollers with friends, Larry Campbell, Charles Shirley, Frank Ellison and Sammy Shipman. David sang and played the guitar. Friends from high school called him Walley.
Walley started working in the oilfield as a dispatcher for Permian Mud in 1963. That same year, he started truck treating for Champion. He had a passion for the oilfield and knew he found his calling. He soon asked his boss, Sam White for a selling job. If you knew David, you know he had a way with people. In 1965 he married the love of his life, Linda Perry and got his dream job of selling and moved his family to Monahans, Texas where he became the Area Manager. In 1972 he moved to New Orleans, LA to become the District Area Manager for South Louisiana and became the top salesman for the next 5 years. He left Louisiana and headed back to West Texas where he and Linda started their own Company, ReAction Chemical Enterprises, Inc.; considered by many to be the top independent chemical company in the Permian Basin. David’s patented ParAct Wash Job was revolutionary in the oil well clean out phase. He invented and sold too many to mention desired products in corrosion, scale, and paraffin prevention and inhibition.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth Clay Wallender and Ella Marcelle Wallender; and his wife, Linda Perry Wallender.
Survivors include his children, Tine Wallender of Odessa, Joe Wallender and wife Charlotte of Midland, Molly Harris of Lubbock, Marcelle Patterson and husband Chad, Michelle Smith and husband Eric; grandchildren, Justin Wallender, Jalyn Morrow and husband Brandon, Taryn Homfeld and husband Nick, Kaleb Walker, Kaitlyn Patterson, Branden Smith, Kasey Vickers and husband Britt and Davin Smith; and his sister, Patricia Hill, all of Odessa. He was also blessed with 10 great grandchildren.
Pallbearers are Tine Wallender, Branden Smith, Davin Smith, Britt Vickers, Kaleb Walker and Justin Wallender.
He loved Johnny Cash, Playing the guitar, Mojo Football (very rarely missed a game), hunting, fishing, and gambling. After retiring he loved to spend time with Linda at their place at Lake Ivey and their house in Ruidoso, NM.
David had a way of telling stories and always had one to tell. He always had a smile on his face and a contagious laugh. He was really quiet the jokester. He and Linda loved to eat at Furr’s Cafeteria. He was loyal to a fault. He loved his 57 Chevy.
His motto was “If it was broke, he would fix it.” He called it Walley Rigging.
If you asked what the K stood for in K. David Wallender, he would smile that mischievous smile and say “King”. He was joking but we all knew he was King. Rest in Peace King David Wallender.