Don Faust Sr.
10 April, 1927 – 22 March, 2021
On Sunday, the 21st of March 2021, Donald Frank Faust, Sr., loving and loved husband, father, uncle, father-in-law, grandfather and dear friend to countless others passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side.
Don was born in Galveston, Texas, on the 10th of April 1927, fourth son of Rose Traverso and Robert Lee Faust.
Don’s career began in the beverage business working at the Southern Select Brewery when he was a senior at Ball High in Galveston. After graduating, he began working at the Falstaff Distributing Company in Galveston where he steadily moved up in the company.
At the age of 30, he became the youngest distributor ever appointed by the Falstaff Brewery, which covered a 32-state territory. In 1957, he established his first distributorship in Baytown. In 1965, Miller Brewing Company appointed Don to represent the Miller High Life brand. The Baytown distributorship continued to grow until it became necessary to move to Houston in 1980, where a “state-of-the-art” facility was built to accommodate its rapid growth. Through the years, more acquisitions occurred, and the company continued to grow and prosper as employees increased from 9 to 350. Today there are 3 large office/distributing locations in Houston, La Marque, and Montgomery County. Don’s unstinting passion for palm trees is regally represented at all 3 locations, his home and the ranch, for a total of 1087. The most magnificent presentation of 527 palm trees beautifully line the drive and accent the spacious grounds at the Houston I-10 location.
From the beginning, Don had a deep, abiding love for his employees; he respected and appreciated each and every one of them. His leadership was an open-door and open-mind policy. Always generously expressing his gratitude for them, he awarded them for their accomplishments with incentive programs, company fish fries, weekend trips to Squirrel Creek Ranch, Christmas bonuses, generous health care plans, a Wellness Program, and 401- K plans for all of them. Don truly loved his company, employees and work.
Don’s accomplishments in the industry were legendary. In 1977, he received the prestigious annual Miller Masters Award, given to only 15 to 20 distributors out of the 650 in the United States. Faust Distributing Company was, hands down, the most consistent winner, winning 16 Miller Masters Awards out of a total of 17. A highlight of the award was the annual Miller Masters trips for the winners and their wives to visit exotic places like China, Thailand, Kenya, Russia, the Scandinavian countries, as well as European countries. Wife, Sidney and Don enjoyed many wonderful adventures together exploring the world. As was true to Don’s sincere humility, he always gave his employees the credit for continually winning this outstanding award. In 2005, Miller Brewing Company honored Don by naming him a “Miller Legend,” thus becoming a legend in his own time.
Don’s devotion for his employees also extended to that of his friends. He was a loyal, steadfast, and generous friend who could always be counted on for his support, especially in times of need or distress. On a regular basis, he gathered old friends together to lunch with him and visit at Faust Distributing Company, never forgetting his faithful retired employees, who were also regularly invited to join him for lunch.
In 1972, he met his wife, Sidney Broadfoot, through mutual friends. For both of them, it was “love at first sight” and for the next 50 years they shared, supported, enjoyed and devotedly loved one another. Don was a member of the River Oaks Country Club and supported the arts, including Alley Theatre, Houston Ballet, Houston Symphony, and Houston Grand Opera. He and Sidney also generously supported The Salvation Army, Texas Children’s Cancer Center, Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation, Petset, Houston Zoo, and The Houston BARC Foundation.
Don’s sincere passion and main interest that served as the perfect pastime and escape from the everyday world was the beautiful serenity of their Squirrel Creek Ranch located 75 miles west of San Antonio in D’Hannis, Texas. The ranch is home to a menagerie of animals such as camels, zebras, kangaroos, buffaloes, and a wide variety of African exotics, and buffaloes, just to name a few. Don and Sidney enthusiastically shared the ranch with employees, friends and family. It should be noted, because of Don’s love of animals, the ranch became a haven for many animals that called Squirrel Creek home. This was the inspiration for naming St. Francis as the patron saint of the ranch. Equally so, Don also gave home to a number of rescue dogs at Faust Distributing. The family’s side
Don’s greatest sense of achievement and satisfaction, however, was realized in 1998, after he and Sidney were honored at the Cancer League Luncheon where they had the opportunity to meet the children from Texas Children’s Cancer Center. It was there the dream was born for Sidney and Don to do something for the children at their ranch. A program that entertained the cancer patient, the parents and their siblings had never been done by anyone before, so there were no guidelines to follow. Nevertheless, through vision, imagination, and a tremendous amount of hard work, a beautiful, highly successful weekend experience was created. The first retreat was held in 1999, and for the next 17 years, four or five were held yearly for an amazing total of 75 cancer retreats. For every retreat, the Faust’s flew patients and families into San Antonio; picked them up at the airport in limousines; and took them to the ranch for a weekend of swimming, tennis, fishing, horseback riding, crafts and hayrides to go visit and feed the exotic animals. This unique gift from Sidney and Don was so impactful that Texas Children’s Cancer Center aptly named these one-of-a-kind retreats “A Healing Tradition.”
Don’s devotion and belief in the Texas Children’s Cancer Center led to a substantial donation, consequently, the infusion center was named the Don and Sidney Faust Infusion Center.
An amazing soul, so kind, caring and generous, touching many lives in so many profound ways, he was a true gentleman of faith and absolute integrity. Conquering many obstacles in his youth, Don became an extremely astute and successful businessman, always remaining humble and down to earth. He unwaveringly loved Sidney, his family, and his friends with all his heart, he will be greatly missed by many.
Don is survived by his wife, Sidney; his two sons, Donald Faust, Jr. and Tyson Faust and their wives, Natalie and Tena; his daughter, Donna Stokes and her late husband Robert; and four grandchildren and spouses, Robert Stokes and his wife Rebecca, Jennifer Stokes Butler and her husband Weston, Rachel, Jake Faust; and four great-grandchildren, Grace and Victoria Young and Clive and Benton Stokes. A very special thank you is extended to Danny Faust, Fite Partsch, and Elsie & Les Eckert who were lovingly stayed with the family during Don’s final days, as well as to Don’s doctors Dr. Mohammed Attar and Dr. Mohit Khera and Judi McGee for organizing the prayer warriors.
Although our hearts are heavy, we will joyously celebrate his life and find comfort that he is in heaven watching over us. A private funeral mass for the family only will take place at St. Anne Catholic Church. Serving as honorary pallbearers during the service are Frank Burlison, Skip Chancellor, Danny Faust, Harry Faust, Max Faust, Rick Forcier, Harry Mach, and Fiti Partsch.
Friends are invited to gather and share remembrances of Don during a celebration of his wonderful life from five o’clock ion the afternoon until eight o’clock in the evening on Wednesday, the 31st of March, at Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston, Don will be smiling down with joy as we share some drinks, some delicious food and special memories of a life well-lived.
A large remembrance celebration and toast to Don will take place in June at the Faust Distributing Company I-10 location.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions be directed to The Don and Sidney Faust Fund, Texas Children’s Hospital, Office of Philanthropy, Suite 5214, P.O. Box 300630, Houston, TX 77030-0630.
Gathering of Family and Friends
Wednesday, 31 March , 2021
Live Stream of Memorial Memorial Mass
Thursday, 1 April , 2021
Don Faust Sr.
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3 April 2021
Mr. Faust , I knew this day would come, and now that you have completed your work here on earth, may you have everlasting peace. Our paths crossed in Baytown ,Texas when I was about 12 yrs old ,that is when we first met. Mr. Faust introduced his self to me , while I was helping wash, and change the oil on the Faust Distributing Fleet of trucks on Saturdays, at the Baytown warehouse with a relative that worked for Mr. Faust . Don bent over , with his hand and said hi , my name is Don Faust , what is your name? I would like to thank you for being such a kind and generous man. I will miss , having lunch and the conversations we would have together. He cared about his family and employees , like no other. Don Faust , will always be forever in my heart. Mr. Faust made such a huge impression on me , by taking the time out of his busy schedule and showing up at my bedside after my first heart attack, I could not believe it when he walked in my room, he calmly said hey Pal , what have you gone and done now??? Words can not express my admiration for Mr. Faust, what a cool guy he really was. May God bless you and you family, my sincere condolences for the loss of such a great man. Darryl Crook
31 March 2021
I have many fond memories of Mr. Faust don’t know where to begin and certainly not enough space . I first met Mr. Faust and Sidney when they graciously started the Texas Children’s Squirrel Creek Ranch Retreats. My life was forever changed as I got to fly out to the ranch, with them on a private plane. The families who experienced these awesome retreats
to this day comment on what an amazing “heaven on earth” weekend was had. Heaven has definitely gained an Angel. Rest In Peace Mr. Faust your job on earth was done❣️
31 March 2021
Mr. Faust was an amazing man with a wonderful soul and the biggest heart of anyone I have known. He lived a bright, beautiful full life and I am very blessed to have known and worked for such a caring person. There are no words to say how much I am going to miss seeing Mr. Faust and his bright smiling face at the office asking me if I am behaving myself and him telling everyone "watch out for this one, she is trouble". I will miss the times when he would have me order every kind of pencil and shade of blue jr legal pad until we found the right one (I am pretty sure we never did). I will miss our Wednesday after lunch candy dates and talks about family, baseball and our love of animals. May you find peace in your time of grief and may your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
31 March 2021
There's not enough space to write down how great of a man you are, but what you have left behind is testement to that. Its been an honor to have known you.
Much Love, and you will always be in my thoughts .
31 March 2021
Don Faust, Sr. and his Family have meant so much to me over the years. I have know them as friends and employers. He will truly be remembered as a Titan in business and giving back to his community. Farewell Mr. Faust...Farewell.
31 March 2021
As a BRASS Scholar, I had the tremendous privilege of attending/staffing several of the Squirrel Creek Ranch retreats with kids from Texas Children's Cancer Center. It was an amazing experience to be able to witness the healing of the kids and their families, just being able to have fun together and make memories. Don and Sidney have touched so many lives, including the healthcare workers and biomedical research community, through this program alone, it is truly inspirational. Our condolences to the Faust family during this difficult time.
Cathryn and Chris Cadwell
30 March 2021
To the Faust Family: Thanks to Don and Sidney for all they have done for Houston and the medical community over so many years. The 75 gatherings for the 'Cancer Ranch' is so incredible, bringing joy into the hearts of families struggling with a child receiving treatments. Respectfully, Dan and Ellen Cartwright
29 March 2021
I’ve read all the memories shared here, about a humorous, caring man, who used his resources to care for those who most needed his help.
Joe and I took him to the ranch on many occasions, for the Children’s weekends and I never heard him even mention the cost.
I offer my condolences to Sydney and his family.
It was an honor making your acquaintance, Mr. Faust. Now that you’re in heaven, I hope the Lord has a good job for you because I can’t imagine you not having something important to take care of.
29 March 2021
I will always remember Don's sweet smile and interest in how I was doing. We were neighbors for 25 years. When Sidney hosted The Winter Ball, Don agreed to join Jim in wearing a kilt in honor of the Clans theme. What a trooper.
I will always hold a piece of Don in my heart. Like a godfather, he was always kind and interested in helping others.
Maureen and Jim Hackett and family
29 March 2021
I was saddened to hear of Don's passing. He lived a good life and enriched the lives of so many. May his life remain an example for many years. What a wonderful role model his life was and will always be. May the Lord wrap his arms around you all and comfort you. Smile, Laugh, and Cry, but he will always be in your hearts.
28 March 2021
You have finished the race and now gone on to receive your prize. I know you have heard the words, “Well Done, My Good and Faithful Servant.”
I am going to miss you, My Friend. I look forward to seeing you again one day-I’ll bring the Homemade Ice Cream Freezer and we will cut up and laugh about the Old Times. 😂
To the Faust Family, prayers for you in the days ahead. I am always available if you need anything.
28 March 2021
Condolences to the entire Faust family from the Manne family. Don Sr. was an outstanding gentleman, whom I was honored to know when I was growing up in Baytown and later serving on the TABC. A great man and a great life.
28 March 2021
Mr. Faust was a wonderful man, a true inspiration to all of us. We were fortunate to know him. He was so wise, funny, loving, and a great listener. His life is truly something to celebrate. May he Rest In Peace.
Chris and Rick Forcier
28 March 2021
My sincere condolences to the Faust family. I met Don in 1990 and was immediately drawn to his passion ,intellect , and humility. Over 30 years , never missed an opportunity to visit with him and learn all I could from this amazing self made one of a kind leader. As a business owner , always tried to emulate what I thought Don would do in difficult instances and it always served me well. I will miss our visits ,kind notes and" swapping books ", but mostly his warm friendship.
Randall Martell and everyone at IPS Advisors.
28 March 2021
Don Faust was one of the finest, warmest, kindest and most generous individuals I have known. He and Sidney brought joy to hundreds of children and families affected by cancer and touched the lives of so many health professionals at the same time. Don’s passing leaves not only a hole in our hearts, but also in the community that he touched and helped shape in so many ways. Rest In Peace, Don. We love you.
28 March 2021
Mr. Faust...What a legacy, in every way, especially as a human being! He was the most down to earth person you'll come across that I've known. My fondest memories of Mr. Faust is cracking jokes with him and making him laugh so hard every time I see him. He laughs when I tell him that I'll keep an eye on Fiti (my husband and his right hand man for the last 30 years) to make sure he stays on task :) He always tells me "that's right" so now that he's gone, I find myself asking Fiti "is that how Mr. Faust would want to do that :)." Don't worry Mr. Faust, I'll still keep an eye on Fiti :). He will be missed by so many but I know he's now busy telling the angels what to do in Heaven. Condolences and prayers for comfort to his wife Sidney, children Donna, Don Jr. & Tyson, his grandkids and great grandchildren, and the rest of the Faust family. Love you Mr. Faust. You may be gone but you definitely will not be forgotten❤
27 March 2021
My sincere condolences to the Faust family. Mr. Faust was the example of what it means to be a gentleman and Texan. Rest in peace.
26 March 2021
My deepest condolences to Sidney, Tyson & Tena, Don & Natalie, Donna and the entire Faust family. I loved Mr. Faust and feel so lucky to have been blessed with his friendship over the years. He came from humble beginnings, built an incredible business and legacy, was extremely generous to a variety of worthy causes and he touched so many people’s lives in such a positive way. I will miss him immensely but am so grateful for all of the wonderful memories with this man.
RIP Mr. Faust💙🙏🏻🍻
26 March 2021
Don Faust was among the kindest, most compassionate, and most generous people one could ever hope to meet. He was a great friend to all who knew him. His passing is a great loss to Houston. Our hearts go out to Sidney, all the family, and to all those who loved and admired him so much.
26 March 2021
Mr. Faust was the consummate gentleman. He had a kind heart and a giving soul.
I operated Mr Faust’s airplane for the last 4 years and every time we landed wether to pick up or drop off the crew was invited inside to eat and share coffee. Every single time, not every once in a while, every time we landed he wanted to visit with us, share time, ask about our families, ask how we were doing. He shared his most valuable resource, time, with us. Mr Faust was just that kind of man, he cared. He invited me to bring my little one out to look at his animals, he invited us to fish in his ponds, he always made an effort to know who we are as family men and to let us know he cared about our well being.
I will miss Mr Faust, but he left a legacy. He left an example of how to treat people and how to be a giving, honest Christian man.
Gulf Coast Aviation
25 March 2021
Mr.Faust was a Upstanding Man He was Kind and Caring and very thoughtful. My deepest sympathy Sydney ,Don Jr. Tyson and Donna.. You are all in My Prayers. Germane