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Don Wilson

Don A. Wilson

Sunday, February 9th, 1941 - Friday, July 31st, 2020
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Obituary

Don was born in Waxahachie, at the W.C. Tenery Sanitarium, on February 9, 1941 to Robert O. Wilson, Jr. and Elsie Aday Wilson. He graduated from Waxahachie High School in 1959. After attending Navarro College, Don obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration in International Trade from Texas Technical College (now Texas Tech University) in 1964.

After college, Don went to work as a milk truck driver for Foremost Dairy, then Southland Corporation, where he quickly rose through the ranks to manage the company’s nationwide dairy and ice plants. He was passionate about his participation in the Private Truck Council of America, a professional organization which, at one point, he led as President. In that capacity he represented the interests of the Milk Industry Foundation and the International Association of Ice Cream Manufacturers before committees of Congress as well as advisory panels of the Department of Energy and the Department of Transportation. One of the high points of Don’s career was being invited to Washington, D.C. to witness President Reagan sign into law a bill that benefited the trucking industry.

Don continued his career in management, transportation, and logistics with Citgo Petroleum after its purchase by the Southland Corporation. There he became the fleet and distribution manager for the Citgo downstream wholesale marketing division.

After Don left Citgo, he briefly worked for Morningstar Dairy before striking out on his own. For several years he provided industry consulting services, and he produced the international Dairy Distribution Conference. During that phase of his career he was most excited about his participation in the United States Department of Agriculture Emerging Democracies program. Through that program he assisted fledgling industries in former Soviet republics. He made many new friends in his travels to Bulgaria, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan. The family will always remember the unique souvenirs he brought home from those travels.

Don also loved being involved with the Waxahachie community. He was a longtime member of the Waxahachie Rotary Club. For more than twenty years, he was a tireless workhorse for the group’s annual Cow Creek Classic bike rally, which attracted hundreds of bicyclists to Waxahachie. He took great pride in coordinating, mapping, and marking the routes for the event.

Another community passion for Don was the Dinah Weable Breast Cancer Survivor’s luncheon. He loved the smiles that the event brought to the love of his life, Diann, who is a three-time cancer survivor.

Don was also tremendously proud of his longtime service to the Republican Party in Ellis County, which started in the 1960s.

In his spare time, Don loved gardening, Texas Tech football and basketball, and dove hunting with his sons.

Don is survived by his wife, Diann, two sons, Rob and Patrick, a sister, Deana Evans, daughters in-law Kristen and Becky. He is also survived by four well-loved grandchildren, Peri, Rees, Oliver and Henry

The family is asking that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in Don’s name to the Dinah Weable Breast Cancer Survivor’s Foundation, P.O. Box U, Waxahachie, TX 75165.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    First United Methodist Church
    Address
    505 W. Marvin
    Waxahachie, Texas 75165
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    Officiant
    Rev. Val Stewart
  • Interment

    Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 | 11:15am
    When
    Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 11:15am
    Location
    Sardis Cemetery
    Address
    Honeysuckle Road
    Midlothian, Tx 76065
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DAVID P. FEARIS III, M.D.

Posted at 06:01pm
My sincerest condolences to Don's family, I was very sorry to hear of this sad news. Don was a fine man and I thought a lot of him. He was a fine friend during some 50 years. I will miss him and I know he will be sorely missed by his family and all of his friends.
May God Bless his family,
David P. Fearis III, M.D.
JS

Joe Shary

Posted at 04:35pm
Joe Shary

After 10 years in law and regulatory enforcement for the 'Feds', Don was the driving force behind me being hired by the Southland Corporation. Not only was he my mentor and supervisor he became a great friend. I know he is looking down on us right now, so Don I am asking for a small favor: although I am a rum aficionado from Bacardi to Potosi, save me a seat and a 'Shiner'or two so we can share some old times. Don, you will be missed.
JM

Jamie Morales

Posted at 10:56am
I am so sorry to learn of your loss. May God be with your family during this difficult time.
DR

D'Andra Royse

Posted at 10:26am
Please accept my deepest condolences at the loss of your loved one. My prayers are with you all.
DT

Deannie Taylor

Posted at 10:45am
Thank you so much for your help and time on the luncheon! I always look forward to it and seeing you and Dian! I will be praying for peace and comfort for your sweet wife and family. Thank you again and Rest In Peace my friend!
 
CS

Cindy Smith Posted at 10:27am

I will miss seeing you. You always made me smile. I appreciate everything you did for our breast cancer organization. Special, special man.
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