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Born to Luther and Hattie Ruth Younts on April 25, 1939, in Temple, Donal, known as "Don," lived a rich, full life. Don was steadfast, kind-hearted and extremely hard working.
At 17, he enlisted in the Army and was a member of the Mountain Brigade in Germany. There, he fell in love with classical music, sparking a life-long respect of all the great composers.
After meeting his sweetheart, Linda, in the fall of 1963, he called his sister to tell her that he had just met "the one." He was right. They were married Feb. 1, 1964, in Greenville. Together, they joyfully raised three beautiful, strong daughters. In 1973, they moved to Dawson.
Don worked as a salesman for Woolsworth in Corsicana, then the Army Corps of Engineering and finally as a technician for Master Vending. He retired in 2000 to travel the world and enjoy his family. Affectionately known as "Granddaddy," he played a large role in his eight grandchildren's lives. From teaching them to drive, that Braum's milkshakes can cure anything, how to not take life too seriously and everything in between, he was a constant in their lives.
He enjoyed the occasional water gun fight. He also rooted for whoever was playing against the Cowboys. Among various treasured memories, he will be remembered for his famously hilarious catch-phrases.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Curtis, L.J. and Johnny, as well as his sister, Ann Beutler
Don is survived by his wife of nearly 55 years, Linda; his daughters Diana Owens and husband, Joel, Sharon Mitchell, and Sarah Swain and husband Trey; eight grandchildren, Josh and Matthew Owens, Kaitlin Griffin, Reuben, Madelyn and Allison Mitchell, Grayce Younts and Gunnar Swain along with many friends.
Family will receive the public from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 at First Baptist Welcome Center in Dawson.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 at First Baptist Church in Dawson, with Steve Burleson officiating.
The family would like to thank the staff and nurses at Heritage Oaks, Hand-in-Hand Hospice and Angels at Home for all of the loving care they provided.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.
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