Damon Howard Wilbur was born January 10, 1977 in Okarche, Oklahoma, to parents Jack and Sharon Ashton Wilbur of El Reno. He attended school at both Darlington and El Reno Public Schools, graduating from El Reno High School in 1995 where he was perhaps best known for shaving a giant letter E into the top of his head for his senior football season. The color of the E changed from week to week, and it was a great source of motivation in the locker room.
Following graduation, Damon found his career with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections where he served the public loyally for 18 years. He earned his Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Redlands Community College in 2015.
Damon was a member of Ellison Avenue United Methodist Church in El Reno and was dedicated to the mission of Special Olympics. He volunteered, raised funds, organized bike rallies, and participated in multiple Polar Plunge events—the most notable including Elvis in full costume and a “thank you very much.”
Damon was a loving and devoted father to two children; Collin, 12 and Elaina, 2. He married Megan Sisco, originally of Huntsville, Texas, on November 25, 2017, and they made their home in Purcell, Oklahoma. Damon lost a hard-fought battle with COVID on December 15, 2020, and his family wishes to thank the staff of Norman Regional HealthPlex for the care they provided to Damon and Megan.
Damon is survived by his wife, Megan and daughter, Elaina of Purcell and by his son, Collin and Collin’s mother, Wendy Berry Cano, also of Purcell. He is also survived by his parents, Jack and Sharon Wilbur of El Reno; his brother and sister-in-law, Brack and Kara Wilbur of Edmond; his sister and brother-in-law, Trisha and Bruce Bunce of Norman; five nieces; one nephew, and too many friends to count from along his journey.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Clyde and Eilleene Ashton of Watonga and Howard and Gladys Wilbur of El Reno.
He was a fan of grand gestures and big announcements. He could make a stranger into a friend within minutes. He was loyal and loving and large in every way. His loss is also large, but the love, memories, and kind words shared by so many of those he touched is even larger. We will miss his presence, but we will carry his essence in our jokes, in our stories, and in our hearts.
A graveside service was held Monday, December 21, 2020 at Red Rock Cemetery,1147 N Red Rock Rd, in Calumet, Oklahoma.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Special Olympics Oklahoma (www.give.specialolympics.org/oklahoma). 529 College funds have been established for Collin athttps://gift.my529.org/TV35FW and for Elain at https://gift.my529.org/QWBA3C.