OBITUARY

Donald Chaney Mitchum

January 25, 1937April 10, 2021
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Don Mitchum passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 10, 2021, after struggles with dementia and related health issues.

Don was born in North Carolina, to William Clayton Mitchum and Mary Chaney Mitchum (both deceased). The family moved often in his early years for his dad’s career, but he completed high school in Lexington, KY. He earned a BA in Psychology from University of Kentucky and entered the U.S. Air Force. This changed his childhood desire to be a pilot and let him experience various jobs while “waiting” for that perfect career match.

He worked for Corning Glass in Kentucky and Monsanto in St. Louis, then moved to Dallas in 1971 to work for a marketing research firm. This was the beginning of a very successful 25 year career in the advertising industry. An ADWEEK magazine (June 17, 1985) profile of Don, very aptly referred to him as a “traveling man”. Don joined BBDO Worldwide which included leadership in the Denver, Los Angeles, and Atlanta offices of BBDO, a leading worldwide advertising agency. Each move brought great success and increased billing for his company.

Don was pre-deceased by his wife, Carol Mitchum, on 11-25-2020, after 44 years of marriage.

After a very active life and successful career, Don and Carol decided to retire to the Hill Country, just west of Austin, Tx. They moved to “Buckhead Ranch” in 1996 and enjoyed their life on a hilltop ranch sharing Texas hospitality with family and friends. Retirement gave Don time for family, golf, raising Longhorn cattle, following UT basketball and football, and sipping a fine Kentucky bourbon.

Don was pre-deceased by his wife, Carol Mitchum, on 11-25-2020, after 44 years of marriage. He is also pre-deceased by parents, his sister, Norma Lee Mitchum Snidow, and his brother, William Clayton Mitchum, Jr. He is survived by his niece, Mary Lois Mitchum, and nephew, Richard Mitchum. He is survived by his children David, Susan (Calvin), Abigail, Thomas and his grandchildren Trevor, Madeleine, Lee, Farrah, and Jemma.

He will be missed by many family, friends, business associates, and those lives he touched and guided during his life. He was considered extremely successful, but also humble and compassionate, and very generous with those he cared about. He is always “Papa” to his grandchildren.

Don will be laid to rest beside his beloved wife, Carol, on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home and Memorial Park, 6300 W. William Cannon Drive, Austin, TX 78749.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, April 17, 2021

  • Graveside Serivce

    Saturday, April 17, 2021

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Alvin Golden

April 17, 2021

Abby -- I knew both your wonderful parents for many years and was privileged to serve as their legal counsel and, I hope, their friend. You and Thomas have endured unimaginable loss in such a short time, and you stepped up and became the mother to the family. Both your parents were kind and loving people who would be proud of you. My sincere condolences on your loss.

Linda Roach

April 16, 2021

Don, was my leader, mentor, inspiration and so much more! I had a wonderful experience working with him at BBDO in Atlanta and will never forget his calmness under pressure. His integrity was unmatched. (Thank you, Don, for all you taught me. It was a pleasure to be your "right hand" assistant.)

It makes my heart so sad to know that this brilliant man had to face such a difficult illness. But, it fills my heart that he had so many loving family members and friends in his life, especially in his retirement.

He was so proud of his entire family - ALL of his children and grandchildren.

Rest in peace, my friend, until we meet again. (I'm still watching over your family.)
Linda Roach

Kathy Sparks

April 16, 2021

To the Mitchum Family:

Our condolences to family and friends of Mr. Mitchum.
You are in our thoughts and prayers always.

God bless all.

Kathy Sparks, Layla Washburn, and Danny Washburn

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