October 9, 1941 – October 6, 2020
Donald Larry Turner was called home by his Heavenly Father on October 6, 2020 to be in the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Age 78, he was born in Tennessee and later lived in Michigan and Texas. His loving parents Frank D. Turner and Cordie M. McCallon precede him in death. He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 32 years, Julieta Turner; his children whom he deeply loved and was so proud of, Bret (Diane) Turner and Traci (Joe) Zayance; grandchildren who were the source of much joy, Cassie (Brett) Meyer, Ryan and Cory Zayance; great granddaughter Bella Picard; brother Jerry (Gloria) Turner, and ten nephews and nieces.
Larry started working for Ford Motor Company as a young man and his work ethic and dedication led to a successful professional career rising to Director of Operations level. His job allowed him to set foot on six continents and relocate to several countries. He went into consulting for a brief period and then retired at an early age to enjoy other interests.
He loved to spend time with family and frequently traveled back to Michigan where he was blessed to see his grandchildren grow up. He also traveled with his wife to new destinations. He enjoyed playing tennis several times a week and solving the world’s problems with his friends in between sets. He was also involved with Greater El Paso Tennis Association at different times in different capacities. He loved the challenge of hiking and was in awe of God’s creation. He loved going with his wife to the movies. He enjoyed and supported UTEP Miners’ sports. He was always on the lookout for canes, which he liked to collect. He always looked forward to his weekly Bible study for over 15 years, and the conversations it inspired with his brothers in Christ. He was a member of Coronado Baptist Church and felt blessed to be a part of such a caring spiritual family. He was a man of few words who preferred to get involved behind the scenes. He had a generous heart and always helped where there was a need.
During his battle with lung cancer Larry felt God’s presence, care and loving-kindness through his children who traveled frequently to be with him or called every day when gone; sisters-in-law who provided constant support and were always available to help in many ways; loyal friends near and far who took time out of their day to visit regularly, call, and send cards. God also provided strength, courage, comfort and peace through the faithful prayers of family, friends and prayer warriors from church. Larry recognized throughout his life he was a blessed man.
His wife and children are forever grateful to his extended family, friends, Pastors Mike Woods and Sam Thomas, Hospice of El Paso and in particular, to Dr. Barbara Reeves and R.N. Marjy Brady for the care, concern, and love they showed.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Rescue Mission of El Paso. A celebration of life service will be held on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at Coronado Baptist Church, 501 Thunderbird Dr., El Paso, Texas 79912. Gathering will be from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., and service at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Woods officiating. Services entrusted to Martin Funeral Home West.
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- Julieta Turner, Wife
- Bret (Diane) Turner, Son
- Traci (Joe) Zayance, Daughter
- He is also survived by his grandchildren who were the source of muchjoy,Cassie (Brett) Meyer, Ryan and Cory Zayance; great granddaughter Bella Picard, brother Jerry (Gloria) Turner, andten nephews and nieces.
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October 10, 2020
Larry was a great friend and inspiration to me. I first met him when he came to work for Ford in Mexico at Favesa. We worked together at various plants and although many thought we didn’t get along we had a very special relationship. As our careers passed from Ford Motor to Lear Corp. we worked and travelled to various countries. We spent many nights talking about our families and life in general. Larry was influential in my automotive career and a friend away from work. When I was in the hospital for open heart surgery Larry and Julieta were there and prayed with me for my recovery. I will never forget when I opened my eyes and Larry was the first person I saw. I know it is selfish to say I lost a good friend but I know he is in a better place and at peace. I miss you and love you Larry and you will always be in my thoughts.
October 9, 2020
Larry was one of the 1st persons I met when I began my career with the Ford Motor Company in 1972 and we became friends. We played softball, basketball and an occasional touch football game! We liked music and he taught me to enjoy Country music! We had good times, we had sad times and we had a few bad times. We worked together in Michigan and Mexico. After that our careers separated us but, we always managed to stay in touch as good friends are supposed to do. He was my friend, my brother and a good man whom I loved . I miss him but, I know he is in a better place now. My life is better because, Larry was my friend. Rest in eternal peace. My deepest sympathies to your family. "John 14:2-3
2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." I know that is where Larry is today!