The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

Obituaries

September 7, 2013

Donald Lee Evers

A Mass of Christian burial for Donald Lee Evers, 70, of Nacogdoches, Texas will be held on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rev. Monsignor James E. Young officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park.

Don was born on June 3, 1943, in Valparaiso, Indiana to the late Edward Evers and Ruth Johanson Evers.

He passed away on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Don joined the Air Force right out of high school and served his country until 1965 at Bergstrom Air Force Base. The service is what brought him to Texas where he lived until his death.

Don was proud to have served his country and his love for it never waivered. After he left the Air Force, he started his working career at Amtex Supply in Austin, Texas. He moved from Austin to Slocum in 1977 and went to work for Moore Supply Company in Nacogdoches, where he was employed for 36 years.

Don was someone extraordinarily special. He was the best husband, father, and grandfather and cared so much for his family and friends. He was unselfish, loved life and enjoyed it to the fullest. He had so much compassion for mankind. Anytime he saw people suffering, Don suffered with them. He loved traveling and seeing new sights, especially going back to Indiana to visit.

Don was thoughtful, caring, loving and supportive to his family, friends, and co-workers. He met so many friends along his journey and would lend a hand to anyone in need. His character gave him the ability to make everyone whom he met feel special. He would go above and beyond the call of duty to his fellow man.

Don loved farming and even tried it as a hobby in Texas. He loved watching any kind of sport, especially the Dallas Cowboys (he knew in his heart that they would return to the Super Bowl one day), but his favorite games to watch were the ones being played by his grandkids. He loved to go quail hunting with his hunting buddies, especially when his son joined him. He loved fishing and golf as well. A big kid at heart, Papa was right in the middle of any game the grandkids were playing, and loved playing Santa at Christmas. Don made the best French toast, hands down, and he even had the apron to prove it. There will never be ribs or pork chops as good as Papa’s.

There are not enough words to say how wonderful Don truly was. He will be forever missed and forever in our hearts.

“Live every moment, laugh every day, and love beyond words.”

He was preceded in death by his parents; and late wife, Donna Reed Evers, of Slocum.

He is survived by his loving wife of 17 years, Brenda Hood Evers; brother, Larry Evers and wife Charlene of Union Mills, Ind.; sister, Nancy Schwartz of Wanatah, Ind.; daughters, Wendy Wentz and husband Jim of Arlington, and Donja Turner of Mesquite; son, Steven Evers and wife Jody of Slocum; stepson, Kevin Packard of Oakton, Va.; stepdaughter, Tina Packard Franke and husband Dan of Nacogdoches; grandchildren, Mikala Turner, Briley, Brance and Brock Evers, Landon and Mason Wentz, and Kaden Packard; great-grandson, Garrison Turner; as well as many great friends and co-workers.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Catholic Charities located at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Nacogdoches.

Pallbearers will be Garry Beavers, Jay Campbell, Wade Cobb, William Fletcher, Ray Hillhouse, Tony Johnson, Steve Jones and Trae Norman.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Laird Funeral Home. Rosary will begin at 7 p.m.

To offer condolences to the family please log onto www.lairdfh.net.

 

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