Sunday night, January 4, Dartis Marie McMackin, mother to Pennywise drummer Byron McMackin, passed away. Known around her Lawndale, California neighborhood as the funny, little lady who proudly wore her Pennywise T-shirt to the grocery store, Dartis will be greatly missed. Byron and the rest of the band are grateful for your support in this time of sorrow.
Dartis McMackin (Dec. 12, 1934 - Jan. 4, 2009)
The following post appeared on the MySpace page of band friends Roadrash and Yuka:
OUR CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO THE MCMACKINS AND EVERYONE ELSE WHO KNEW DARTIS. SHE WAS A FUNNY LITTLE LADY THAT LOVED HER KIDS AND WAS VERY PROUD OF THEM AS WELL. SHE WOULD ALWAYS GLOW WHEN SHE TALKED OF BYRON'S OR BUBBA'S BANDS. SHE WAS VERY SUPPORTIVE OF HER SONS. SHE LIVED CLOSE BY TO ME AND I WOULD ALWAYS SEE HER WALKING TO THE STORE WITH HER PW SHIRTS ON. I ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT WAS RAD.
DARTIS WAS ALWAYS MORE THAN NICE TO ME AND I NEVER HEARD HER HAVE A BAD WORD FOR ANYONE. SHE GAVE ME A PENNYWISE WRISTBAND FOR CHRISTMAS AND NOW THAT BRACELET MEANS A LOT MORE TO ME. JUST WRITING THIS IS A REAL BUMMER AND HURTS.
MUCH LOVE FROM THE RODRIGUEZ FAMILY TO THE MCMACKINS. BUBBA AND BYRON HAVE SHOWN A LOT OF PEOPLE A GOOD TIME AROUND HERE FOR YEARS, PAY THEM BACK BY SHOWIN' SOME LOVE AND SUPPORT IN THEIR TIME OF NEED.
LOVE YOU GUYS!
MIKE AND YUKA
ROADRASH & YUKA