Don Day

July 27, 1947February 1, 2013

FORT WORTH -- Donald J. Day, a retired U.S. Air Force officer and aviation career with the FAA, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, following a full and joyful life in the spirit of his Lord, Jesus Christ. Graveside service: 10 a.m. Tuesday in Lonesome Dove Cemetery in Southlake. Memorial service: 2 p.m. Tuesday at Christ Chapel Bible Church, 3701 Birchman Ave., Fort Worth. Open visitation: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Shannon Rufe Snow Funeral Chapel, with family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorials: Memorial gifts may be made to Cornerstone Ministries or TCU Biology Department. Don was born July, 27, 1947, in Monahans to Joseph A. and Bobbie R. Day. He was a graduate of Baylor University and Texas Christian University. He served in the Air Force as a command pilot and flying squadron commander. He married Vickie Lunsford in 1980 and was the proud father of Jody and Amy Day. He took great joy in his family, church, friends and co-workers. He contributed to aviation fields from flight training to operational flight testing and from airspace and procedures development to environmental impact studies. He enjoyed teaching several years as an adjunct professor at TCU. He served in many capacities in his church, teaching Sunday school and Bible study for many years. Survivors: He was loved and cherished and is survived by his wife of 33 years, Vickie Day; son, Jody Day and his wife, Julie, and their sons, Charlie and David, of Dallas; daughter, Amy Day Radtke and her daughter, Jordan, and Jeff Patton and their son, Jeffrey, of Plano; and his children's mother, Judy Short of Dallas. He is also survived by his mother, Bobbie Day of Fort Worth; and his brother, Dale, his wife, Eleanor, and their daughter, Katie, of Corpus Christi.


  • Visitation Monday, February 4, 2013
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, February 5, 2013
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, February 5, 2013

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Roger Rapier

February 13, 2013

Dear Vicki,

My heart aches and grieves with you and your family over the loss of Don! Don was a couple of years older than me, and he became the older brother I needed in my life. He mentored me as we flew KC-135s together at Grissom AFB in the early 1980's and later at Altus AFB in the late 1980's. We were both KC-135 operations officers and squadron commanders in the Strategic Air Command and both of us served as Air Force Reps to the FAA. On top of that, we were both hired into the FAA after retirement from the Air Force. Don encouraged me so much and was indeed the best brother I could ever want. Although we shared so much in common, the most important thing we shared was our faith in Christ. I will never forget our time working together and teaching in our church in Altus, Oklahoma. In our last conversation together, he spent most of the conversation with me recounting our times serving the Lord together and how his faith in Christ was helping him through his fight against his cancer. I thank God for Don and will keep you in my prayers as we look forward to that day we will see Don again.

February 12, 2013

Karen and I are sadden with the loss of Don. We worked both as Active Duty Pilots and Controllers over the years. He taught me so much in aviation and life. Respect him so much and as all will miss him. He and his family has made all of our lives so much happier. Will always miss that smile.
Bob and Karen Brennan
Alamogordo NM

February 10, 2013

Vicki: Don was the kindest, gentlest person I have ever had the pleasure to work with. He thought the world of you. You were his rock.The world lost a truly great man. Very few people have the type of personality that Don had and he always had a positive outlook, even through the pain he suffered. Like so many that have shared a love and respect for Don I feel a deep sorrow and loss at his passing. Don was truly one of the most loved and admired member throughout the FAA family and he will be dearly missed by everyone who was blessed by knowing him. joan seward

Mike and Maurene Jewel

February 10, 2013

Please accept our deepest sympathy, Vickie. We knew you during our time in Michigan and remember all the great times we shared. May God bless and keep Don, and please know that we will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Kelli Whitton

February 8, 2013

I first met Mr. Don Day during the Columbia Shuttle Disaster in Lufkin, Texas in February of 2002. He was a "consumate gentleman" who "got the job done" and was relied upon by many. I am so very sorry for his passing. Don will be missed by many, but his impact on the individual lives of so very many people, including me, will live on. My condolenses to his family and "extended emergency response" family. He will be greatly missed.

Jimmie Jo Nicholson

February 8, 2013

I have truly been blessed to have come to know Donald, for many years I took for granted the fact that we were cousins. It wasn't until some years back, that I took the time to become his friend. Donald taught me so many things. The two that stand out the most are, how to live, and how to go back home. Our hearts are very heavy with sorrow for our loss, but the joy of knowing that Donald is so much better keeps me going. Love and prayers for all of you. Jimmie Jo, Jack, & Kristi

February 7, 2013

What do I say? He was my first born son, a joy and a blessing
Bobbie day

February 7, 2013

Very sorry to hear the news. Don was one of kindest souls I ever met, anywhere. Vicky, my family's prayers are with you.
Barry Shlachter

Noemi Lopez

February 6, 2013

Having the opportunity to meet Don Day was a real pleasure. He was always smiling and very pleasant man. His kind spirit and smile will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

Paula Lewis

February 5, 2013

Having the opportunity to work with Don Day was a real pleasure. He was extremely knowledegable and always gave 100%! His kind spirit will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.