Dwayne Clanton
Lake Ridge Chapel And Memorial Designers
6025 82nd St
Lubbock, TX
Dwayne Clanton LUBBOCK-Dwayne Clanton passed away Saturday, July 15, 2017. We will gather for fellowship and remembrance from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. Family and friends will gather to celebrate his life of 62 years on Thursday, July 20, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Rock City Church. A tribute of Dwayne's life may be found at www.memorialdesigners.net, where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family. Dwayne was born to Tommy John TJ Clanton and Bettye Nelle Baker on December 20th, 1954, their third born of five Clanton children. As fate would have it, God brought him into this world right before the big Christmas rush at the family restaurant Tom & Bingo's Bar-B-Q. By age 7, he was standing on a pickle bucket chopping onions for customers. His daddy put a match in his little mouth to keep those tears from runnin'. As a child, he had the sweetest smile on his face, and was so easy going. He loved being a brother. Dwayne was a natural born athlete. He began baseball in the Pee Wee's coached by his dad and honed his skills in Colt league where they qualified for the World Championships. In high school, he was a standout at 3rd base and catcher and helped bring in the very first State Baseball Championship for Monterey High school in 1972, under Coach Bobby Moegle. He was proudly inducted into the LISD Athletics Hall of Honor with his team in 2015. Dwayne also played football at Evans Jr. High and was a hard hitting defensive linebacker at Monterey High School. During his first start ever, he made 13 tackles and was defensive player of the week, according to the paper he was a terror on that Saturday night. After graduation, he attended Texas Tech University and studied Horticulture. He only had 16 hours left to graduate, but decided to follow in his father's footsteps. He was definitely a chip off the ole block. After spending much of his free time as a child helping his dad at the store, he became the next generation Pit Master for Tom & Bingo's Hickory Pit Bar-B-Q in 1984. He was instilled with a true Texas Grit work ethic from his parents. His roots of labor grew on the family farm where he tended to rabbits, exotic birds, the feed store and a large garden. Pit master Dwayne Clanton was a Lubbock icon and garnered numerous accolades: Texas Monthly Top -50 Best Bar-B-Que Joints in Texas (twice), other mentions in Texas Monthly Magazine, a feature on the Texas Country Reporter and ESPN college Game Day, and was included in Road Food (the coast-to-coast guide of the top 800 Restaurants) and the Texas Map Guide. He proudly bottled his famous BBQ sauce which is currently for sale in select Texas Market Streets and HEB's. The sauce was an HEB Quest for the Best Finalist in 2015. As one customer put it, the Bar-B-Q was great, but the man was better. Dwayne may have worked indoors, but his passion was for the outdoors, God's creation. He loved to ski the mountain, fly fish the river, fish and boat the lake, and hunt the wilderness. When the BBQ ran out he was gone fishin'. Dwayne met the love of his life and best friend, Liz Lawson in 1989. Actually, it was more of a reunion, as they had been classmates since Jr. High. They were married 6 months later, on August 12th and a 27-year love story thus began. It was a package deal. The story book began with Liz's 10-year-old daughter Heather, whom he loved like his very own. On August 7th 1990, they welcomed their bundle of Joy, Kristi Bess and the twinkle in his eye beamed with pride ever since. Kristi inherited his good looks, athleticism and strong work ethic. He became Pop D on April 27th, 2015. His granddaughter, Stella Ray came into this world on his Mom's birthday and she stole his heart ever since. Dwayne was a humble family man. He was real. He was very set in his ways, and lucky for us his ways were hard working, loving and providing for his family - which he always put first. Dwayne's true joy in life was his wife, daughters, granddaughter, siblings his entire family. He was the best son, brother, husband, dad and granddad. Dwayne was our rock, our leader our love. He was ready to fight, but Jesus had other plans. Survivors include his wife; Liz Clanton; daughters, Heather Espina and husband, Denis; Kristi Timmons and husband, Ian; granddaughter, Stella Ray Espina; siblings, A.I. Bubba Clanton and wife, Debby; Becky Cathey and husband, Reggie; Brenda Dunn and husband, Rodney; Melinda Ogle and Bob Sikes; and his Morkie, Crosby. He was preceded in death by his parents, Tommy John and Bettye Nell Clanton; and his Chocolate Lab, Trailer.

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Published by Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Jul. 18, 2017.
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When Keenan called me and told me about Dwayne, I knew my husband, Johnny would go into "panic mode"! We don't go home to Lubbock without going to T&Bs for every meal except breakfast!! Seriously! We've eaten at Tom and Bingos for most of MY life and Johnnys ever since he moved there in the '70's.
Every trip home was planned to get to Lubbock before the 'Q ran out! Dwayne and Liz were always friendly and the Q... well what can I say about how good that always is!
Our hearts go out to all you,
Tana Cruce Robison
Tana Robison
July 23, 2017
Dwayne kept me up a little with his sister, Becky. Becky and I were good friends in high school. Dwayne was always trying to get Becky and I off the phone so he could use the phone. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. May the sun shine brighter down the road.
Don Jones
July 20, 2017
My son grew up in Lubbock and loved Tom - Bingos. Now, he lives in Chicago and is 43 years old. Every time i fly to Chicago for a visit, he calls & gives me specific instructions to go to Tom & Bingos, get the sliced barbeque....take home, wrap in foil, and the next morning, Tom & Bingos was on a flight to Chicago!
Marilyn Arland
July 20, 2017
Dwayne was a fine man that I have know for many years. He will be missed. So sorry for your loss.

Carol Shipman Hunter
Carol Hunter
July 19, 2017
Dwayne was a great guy, I knew him for most of life. As a Lubbock Police Officer I would always stop by to see Dwayne and Liz and have a bingo burger and talk about family and fishing before I went back to work. They always brightened my day. Dwayne and Liz are like family to me and my family. God Bless and so sorry for the loss of a good man. Heaven is a better place with Dwayne there.
Billy Koontz
July 19, 2017
My condolences to the family of Pit Master Dwayne Clanton...............
Stan Stanford
USA Trucks
July 18, 2017
Tom & Bingo's was always my first stop when coming back to Lubbock. Loved talking and laughing with Dewayne and Liz in between bites of " the best brisket sandwich in the world ".I played with and against him many times and he was always a first class competitor --win or lose. Dwayne was as fine a man as I have known and I'm very proud to have been a small part of his Life. My condolences to his whole family because I know how special you all were to him. RIP MY FRIEND
July 18, 2017
Dwayne was one of the nicest guys I ever met. The whole Clanton family have been my friends since I started eating at Tom & Bingos in 1961. Liz, so sorry for your loss. Love yall Pat Murchison
July 18, 2017
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