Danny Ireton, a dedicated family man, community member, and firefighter, passed away on August 4, 2021, in Stanton, Texas, in a line-of-duty accident. He joined the Stanton Volunteer Fire Department in 1991 and spent 30 years as a proud firefighter.
He was born on March 21, 1960, in Big Spring, to Margie and Jack Ireton, and married the love of his life, Ronda Shankle, on July 3, 1982. They recently celebrated 39 years of marriage. Danny was a lifelong resident of Stanton and graduated from Stanton High School in 1978. He was a deacon at First Baptist Church in Stanton and a devout man of God. Danny and Ronda loved opening their home to friends and family and all their other sons.
He was the catalyst for multiple upgrades within the Stanton department. He became treasurer and found grants that helped purchase multiple new fire trucks and equipment and spearheaded a new building for the department. He enjoyed giving out candy during the trick-or-treat event and made sure the ladder truck and American flag were present at Stanton High School football games.
As a founding member of the First Down Club, he was one of the biggest Stanton Buffalo supporters and made sure that he was heard wherever he sat. He worked at White Motor Company, starting in 1981 as a shop foreman, and moved up to dealer in 1995. He made sure countless cheerleaders and groups had vehicles for the Old Settlers Reunion. He served many years on the Stanton School Board and strived to make his community better. His greatest joys in life were traveling with his wife, being a dad to his boys, and being Goat to his grandkids. He might have also enjoyed pestering the town and being an Old Sorehead.
The ones tasked at carrying on his legacy include his wife, Ronda, of Stanton; three sons, Brandon and wife Jordan of Stanton, Matthew and wife Mellanie of Levelland, and Jonathan and wife Christina of Aledo. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Hailyn, Jack, Hudson, Hunter, Graham, Eleanor, and Henry; one brother, Dennis Ireton, and wife Judy of Stanton; one brother-in-law, Phillip Shankle, and wife Linda; nieces and nephews, Casey and Mike Waggoner, A.J. and Meagan Ireton, J.R. Shankle, and Tiffany Shankle; along with great nieces and nephews.