Donald "Don" Leslie Actkinson

December 31, 1960June 19, 2019
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Donald Leslie Actkinson, 58, of Colleyville, TX, passed away in the mountains of Colorado on June 19th, 2019 doing what he loved, enjoying nature and the beauty of the outdoors on his Harley Davidson. He truly felt that Colorado was God’s country.

He was born in Fort Smith, AR on December 31st, 1960 to Gypsy Jo and Leslie Actkinson. He was the 2nd of three boys in the family. He was proceeded in death by his father, Leslie, and oldest brother, Richie (Rick).

Donald graduated from Van Buren High School 1979. As a junior, he was a III A State Football champion leading the team as an offensive guard/linebacker. Don was all-conference his junior/senior year and team captain his senior year.

Don had made it a point to graduate college prior to his children and received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Northwood University 2 weeks before his eldest son, Jacob, graduated high school. It was very important to him to finish his degree, as he always preached the value of education to his kids.

He married his high school sweetheart and love, Karen Fritts Actkinson at St. Michael’s church in Van Buren, AR on June 25th, 1983. They were the first couple married in the new church and Karen joined him in Euless, TX following the wedding.

Don started his career at UPS as a pre-loader in January, 1982 and quickly moved to package driver. In a short time, he was an on road supervisor, then promoted to a business manager in 1988. In 2006 he started his position as a package division manager for the Ft Worth area. He had many roles in the DFW area and also worked in Waco for 3.5 yrs. as a business manager. He returned back home to open up the new UPS independence hub in Alliance. He retired in March 2016 after a 35 yrs. of service. Don was extremely well-respected and impacted 1000’s of people during his time there.

Don was an active member in his community and routinely participated in local organizations and philanthropies. He was a founding member of Good Shepherd Catholic Community and had roles as an usher and eucharistic minister, a CRHP 4 (Christ Renews His Parrish) brother, member of the Colleyville Rotary Club, Meals on Wheels (while at UPS), and a loaned executive for United Way.

Don had a passion for faith, family, friends, adventure, being in the mountains, two wheels (motorcycles/bicycles), traveling, bbq, fast cars, friends, hosting parties, skiing, scuba diving, football, piloting drones, videography, and being the life of the party. He is survived by wife and lifelong love, Karen, his son Jacob and wife Anne Marie Actkinson, son Chase Actkinson and his daughter Emily and her husband Joey Prieto. Don was unbelievably proud of each one of his children and they truly were his world. He was an incredible father who always put his family first and instilled values and beliefs in each of them to ensure lifelong success.

He will forever be missed by his mother, Gypsy Jo Actkinson, brother Lindsey and his wife Lori Actkinson along with their son Rhyker, their children Jessica and her husband Justin Route, Katie and her husband Taul Livesay, Hannah and her husband Gary Armstrong, his nephew Lee and his wife Gina Actkinson, and niece Meredith Actkinson along with his 8 great-nieces/nephews.

He will be greatly missed by his father-in-law and mother in-law, Jack & Kathy Fritts, sister in-law Lisa and husband Randy McDaniel and their two children Casee and spouse Josh Corbit and great nephews Ryan and Eli Corbit and niece Paige McDaniel. Sister in-law Linda and John Schaefer and their children Nicholas and wife Heather Schaefer along with their children Issac and Rosemary, Cameron and Brittany Schaefer and their son Ronan, and niece Kathleen Schaefer. Brother in-law Brian and his wife Suzanne and their children Connor and Korey. Brother in-law Eric and his wife Andrea Fritts and their children Allie Grace, Braylen, and Mason.

Donald will be deeply missed by all. He was a mentor, friend and 2nd father to many. He took in all who needed help and was always there to support and love them. He was firm, tough, and always challenged you to be the best version of yourself. He loved unconditionally was always generous. He was a great friend and always made everyone feel like family. He was a role-model husband and father, loved by all. His legacy will be carried on through each of us.

Visitation is 6-8 p.m., June 28, 2019 at Good Shepherd Catholic Community with the Rosary beginning at 8 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at 12:00pm, June 29th, 2019, at Good Shepherd Catholic Community in Colleyville, TX. There will be a private family funeral Mass and entombment at a later date.


  • Karen Actkinson, Wife
  • Jacob and wife Anne Marie Actkinson, Son
  • Chase Actkinson, Son
  • Emily and husband Joey Prieto, Daughter
  • Gypsy Jo Actkinson, Mother
  • Jack and wife Kathy Fritts, Father-in-law
  • Lindsey and wife Lori Actkinson, Brother
  • Lisa and husband Randy McDaniel, Sister-in-law
  • Linda and husband John Schaefer, Sister-in-law
  • Brian and wife Suzanne Fritts, Brother-in-law
  • Eric and wife Andrea Fritts, Brother-in-law
  • Rhyker Actkinson, Nephew
  • Jessica and husband Justin Route, Niece
  • Katie and husband Taul Livesay, Niece
  • Hannah and husband Gary Armstrong, Niece
  • Lee and wife Gina Actkinson, Nephew
  • Meredith Actkinson, Niece
  • Casee and husband Josh Corbit, Niece
  • Paige McDaniel, Niece
  • Nicholas and wife Heather Schaefer, Nephew
  • Cameron and wife Brittany Schaefer, Nephew
  • Kathleen Schaefer, Niece
  • Connor McCandless, Nephew
  • Korey McCandless, Nephew
  • Allie Grace Fritts, Niece
  • Braylen Fritts, Niece
  • Mason Fritts, Nephew
  • As well as 16 great nieces and nephews.

  • Jacob Actkinson
  • John Schaefer
  • Randy McDaniel
  • Lindsey Actkinson
  • Brian Fritts
  • Frank Liberato
  • Rick Greenfield
  • Chase Actkinson
  • Eric Fritts


  • Visitation Friday, June 28, 2019
  • Rosary Service Friday, June 28, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 29, 2019


Donald "Don" Leslie Actkinson

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Vicky Nelson(Hughes)

June 30, 2019

We wanted to send our condolences. Don was our center Manager for the Carrollton center. He was a terrific person and boss. You will be missed Don and thank you for everything you did for us at UPS.

Bill Mitchell

June 29, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Donald's passing from this world. I knew him when he was growing up as a friend of his family, and as his High School Principal. He was a good boy and I knew he would become a good man. To his wife Karen and his mother Gypsy and all his family, May God Bless You and comfort you now and in the days to come.

Vaughn and Paige Hopkins

June 29, 2019

We will always hold on to the memories of when Karen and Don had us over in Breckinridge for dinner and s’mores when we were vacationing in Colorado. We had the greatest time just talking and laughing and sharing. Y’all were so sweet to bring a home prepared meal when Lillian was born. Don just gushed over Lillian and held her with such a smile. We will miss Don and his infectious joy. We love y’all.

Vaughn, Paige, and Lillian Hopkins

Craig & Traci Stevens

June 28, 2019

We were so sorry to learn of Don's passing. Our most sincere sympathies to you Karen and to your family for your loss. May you find comfort and peace in the many wonderful memories you shared together.

Craig, Traci & McKenzie Stevens
Bremerton, WA

Gino Rojas

June 28, 2019

Thank you Don for what you did for me in my career. He was my first manager I worked for at UPS back in 1990. He build my character as a UPS driver and later in 2004 when I was promoted to managment. He had a personal touch that would make an employee work hard but willingly. Don is one of those kind persons that I will never forget. My deepest sympathy for the family.

Pam Bramble

June 27, 2019

I feel like I’ve lost my brother. Donald has been my friend, and a big part of my life since I met him in Head Start when we were 5 years old. There’s something irreplaceable about a friend who has known you your whole life, knows where you came from and is as happy for your success as he is for his own.
That’s what I had with Donald. My hubby loved you as much as I did. We will miss your smile, your hugs, your giggle and your unmatched sense of adventure. Rest easy my friend knowing we will stick close to Karen and include her on ALL the adventures we had planned for all of us.

Vickie Burkhart-Serrano

June 27, 2019

Karen and family.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Jock Cockroft

June 27, 2019

Don was a remarkable human being. I will miss him so much. Always enjoyed every minute spent with him and all the good times we had together. From a trip to Hawaii to the horse races to numerous gatherings at our house and theirs. We even raced each other in our Porsche’s on the way to Joe T’s for dinner one night, with the wives by our sides in disbelief. It wasn’t a long race but we were flexing those muscles. Oh it’s so hard to believe I won’t see that smiling face and infectious laugh again. Gone way too soon but I know you are in a good place and hope to see you again in the afterlife. We will pray for your beautiful family to get through this tough time. Thank you Lord for sharing this man with me.

Brian Chastain

June 27, 2019

Whenever I thought of Don, I thought of someone who was bigger than life but also loved life. Your tribute in pictures shows both of these qualities clearly. I will miss Don tremendously but am comforted by where he is now resting. Many prayers to Karen and the rest of the Actkinson family. We have lost a great man.

Mark Liberato

June 27, 2019

Karen, Jacob, Emily and Chase...
I loved how easy and quick your husband/dad smiled. It is what I remember about him the most. He is one of those rare people that is immediately trusted and always had a sense of kindness that he wore on his face.
I haven't seen him in a few years but I know how much he meant to my brother Frank and I sort of kept up with Don and Karen through him and Ann.
God bless ALL of yal, hug each other a lot, and know your husband/dad lived well and left a sweet wake of in his path...


Skydiving in Longmont, CO


CFO4LIFE Horse races 2017


Kauai, HI

May 2016


Spring Break trip to Breckenridge, CO

Wendy, Brian, Claire, and Drew Stewart


DeeDee, Brad, Anne, Karen, and Don skiing in Breckenridge, CO


Donna and Kevin Ankenbauer with Karen and Don at Maroon Bells


Skiing in Keystone


Family picture by Tara, 2015


Kauai sailing 2016