Carl Don Edelen

July 10, 1930April 18, 2021

Respected business executive, community and church leader, and our beloved Papa, Carl Don Edelen passed away in Conroe, Texas on April 18, 2021 at the age of 90. Born on July 10, 1930 in Mead, Okla. to parents Lois and Cecil Edelen, Don grew up in Pauls Valley, Okla. with brothers Dean and Bob. He served in the US Air Force from 1951-53. A lifelong Sooner, Don graduated from Oklahoma University with a BBA in Accounting in 1956 and moved to Houston where he began a long and loyal career with Humble Oil and Refinery. Here he met, married, and began a beautiful 63 year journey together with fellow Oklahoman and soulmate Joetta Goins.

Don earned his Certified Public Accountant designation at the onset of his career, and maintained it throughout. He spent his entire career in loyal service to Exxon, where he held several accounting, auditing, and managerial roles. His career crisscrossed the United States, including tours at headquarters in New York City; operations in Los Angeles, Ca., Charlotte, NC.; and Houston; and Southeast Asia (Singapore). He retired in 1986 but his services to Exxon continued with several managerial/consulting tours to Anchorage, Alaska. At retirement he and Joetta settled into the Conroe area where he has been a loyal member and Beacon of the Conroe United Methodist Church, and Class President for the Basic Sunday School class. He was a tireless community service volunteer.

Don is survived by his wife Joetta; their four children, Greg, Roger, Scott, and Dana and their spouses; and his six grand-daughters Kelsey, Sabrina, April, Lucy, Reagan, and Rachel and grandson Hunter. He will be forever remembered as the loving and generous patriarch of the family.

A celebration of life will be held on Monday, April 26, 2021 at First Methodist Conroe 4308 W Davis St, Conroe, TX 77304, beginning at 1:00pm. To join the service virtually please visit and click on the livestream link at the top of the page on the day of the service.


  • Celebration of Life

    Monday, April 26, 2021


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Billie Foshee

May 5, 2021

Dear Joetta, I was sorry to hear of Don's passing He was a wonderful christian man My heart goes out to you and I pray for you in this difficult time.
Robert and I enjoyed the times we had in the basic class and meeting for lunch after church.
God Bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Billie Ann Foshee

Barbara Caldwell

April 26, 2021

I am so glad I got to watch Don’s Memorial service. It was good to see the family pictures and see pictures of the kids and grandkids that I heard stories about but had not had opportunity to meet. It was a very nice service, you will all be in my memories and prayers. Love, Barbara Caldwell, Joetta’s cousin

Gene Albright

April 24, 2021

Don was one of the nicest people,I ' ve
known. Maxcine and I, would meet Don & Joetta, Barbara & Jack, and Glen & Sondra at Branson frequently. Very fond memories. Don had a successful life i n many ways and will be missed.

David Goins

April 24, 2021

I was able to get to know my Uncle Don and Aunt Joetta and cousin on my dads side very well.
I made a trip from New York to Texas on my motorcycle to find a new career and life. Uncle Don and Aunt Joetta took me in as one of their own until I was able to get on my feet. They were so gracious and loving and supportive.
I have such very fond memories of my time with the entire family.
Uncle Don was a type of man that I very much respected. He was very kind, quiet, and to the point, a patriarch of the family.
A man of great faith, most definitely a man to admire.
I send my condolences and love to Aunt Joetta and the cousin.
We are family!
Love to you all!

Phil Edelen

April 23, 2021

My dear Uncle Don; A man whom I have many fond memories of...

I'm saddened to hear of your passing, but rejoice in where you now are. You were not only a brother to my dad, but his best friend... I fondly remember all the wonderful family Christmas gatherings, our trips to Houston to visit, and who can forget the summers at Grand Lake.

To my dear Aunt Joetta, I wish you peace and wisdom in this time and the coming days, as well as to my cousins, I wish you the same.

Phil Edelen

Dana King

April 22, 2021

Dad. We will miss you being with us, but we have the love of each other, the amazing family that you and Mom created and that you leave as a gift to us all. And we have a full lifetime of memories that will keep you with us in our hearts forever. You were always hoping that we would be close and enjoy time with one another - I love knowing that you saw and felt the depth of our relationships across the entire family. Your beloved Joetta, our beautiful Mom, is and will always be kept safe and secure with our love, care and focus. Thank you, Dad for always being there for all of us. You gave us a security that we will hold in our hearts. My heart fills with joy when I think of you spending time with my girls. Papa. You are truly a great Papa. Your gift of love for your grandchildren was immense. And they love you back equally. Rest now Dad. It is your turn to rest and enjoy the beauty that you have created. I love you. We love you.
-Dana, Charles, Reagan, Rachel

Greg Edelen

April 22, 2021

A generous, kind, and serving man who had great devotion to his family and his church. Dad ensured his children had the opportunity to explore the United States, other countries and their own hometown by engaging and encouraging his children in sports, swimming, water skiing, golfing, and even lake cabin building. Dad and Mom also took time for themselves to enjoy life after their outstanding efforts raising kids. They traveled the world and I heard went on at least 7 cruises enjoying their successful lives.

God bless
Love you Dad

April Edelen

April 22, 2021

Thanksgiving 2017 the whole family gathered for our traditional Texas Thanksgiving. As his children and us grandchildren spent hours baking and cooking, he enjoyed the valued time of his family all together having a blast. At the head of the table, Papa enjoyed a feast of garlic grits, tamale corn, turkey, and other delicious entrees alongside his beloved partner. Photo shows Charles, Roger, Nana, Greg, Kelsey, Lucy, Hunter, April, Reagan, and Scott standing with Papa as he holds hands with Dana and Rachel in front of a crisp blue background.