January 20, 1948 – January 9, 2019
Don Balch, 70, of Abilene, passed away on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. Funeral services will be held at 2pm on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Elliott-Hamil Chapel of Faith, 5701 Hwy 277 South, with burial following in Round Mound Cemetery. The family will receive friends for a visitation from 5 to 7pm on Friday evening at the funeral home. Don was born on January 20, 1948 to Jean and Gay Balch in Abilene. He graduated from Abilene High School in 1966. He then graduated in the class of '70 from Texas A&M University. Don married Martha Manly on January 24, 1969. After graduation, he worked in Houston before moving back to Abilene in 1983. He worked for U.S. Brass until it closed and then retired from Barr Roofing. He was preceded in death by his parents. Don is survived by his wife; 2 sons, Donald and wife Erin and John and wife Randi; 4 grandchildren; and sisters, Candis Dye and husband Douglas, Marty Lannon and husband Patrick and Charlotte Mims and husband Mike. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Dallas ALS Association of Texas, 5830 Granite Pkwy #100-320 in Plano, TX 75024.
- Visitation Friday, January 11, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, January 12, 2019
January 12, 2019
Don was a joy to be around, and will be sorely missed. His wit really spiced up all the dove hunts and other trips over many years. My condolences to all the family members and many other friends who also feel the loss.
Jan Nichols Batts
January 12, 2019
I remember Donald drawing all the time in elementary school. He was quite good. He drew fantastic cars and aircraft. Always a gentleman, I thought a lot of him and so did everyone else.