Donald Loyd Day

September 22, 1933October 16, 2010

Donald Loyd Day, 77, passed away peacefully on October 16, 2010. He was born on September 22, 1933 in Idabel, Oklahoma. He is predeceased by his parents, Virgie Ellen Day and Willie Lee Day and two sons lloyd Bradley Day and Michael Lee Day and sister Virginia Lee Cohron. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Ondina Cristina Pineda Day; daughter Susanne Murphy and husband Michael Murphy of Houston; daughter Donna Day Fogt and husband Keith Fogt of Houston. He was blessed with 7 grandchildren: Brandon, Sydney, Lauren and Kristen of Houston, Beverly and husband Danny of Ft. Campbell, Chrissy Day of Florida, and Stephen Day and wife Heather Day of Alvin. He is also survived by his brother, Larry Wayne Day and sister Billy Jean Jouett.

Donald graduated from Texas A&M University in 1960, cum laude, with a BBA in Accounting. He was a member and later president of Phi Eta Sigma, a member of Phi Kappa Phi, honor fraternity. After graduation he remained a lifelong supporter and fan of his beloved Aggies.

Donald worked in public accounting for Arthur Anderson and then went to Venezuela with Superior Oil in 1962 where he met and married the love of his life 48 years ago. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Venezuela. Donald Served as Sergeant in the Armed Forces from 1953 to 1956.

The family will receive visitors from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at Waltrip Funeral Directors. Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday in the Waltrip Chapel. Interment will follow in Earthman Resthaven Cemetery.

For those desiring, memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes association.

Dad would often say that I was his favorite youngest daughter.

I am my dad’s namesake, Donna Lee Day, born on his birthday 43 years ago! On his birthday, he always enjoyed sharing the story of how I was to be named Donald Lyod Jr. But because I was born with “inside waterworks”, not “outside waterworks” - plan B quickly took effect, thus, the name Donna Lee. Last month, Dad was really looking forward to his birthday on Sept 22 so that we could once again blow out our candles together. He was also adamant about making it to 77 because he so wanted to be the first member of the Day family to reach 77!

Dad was one of a kind: He was a stubbornly, strong man. His courageous battle with COPD and the close call with death he had a little over a year ago was a testament to his will to continue fighting this illness in spite of the diminishing quality of life he was experiencing.

He fervently believed in higher education. He recently told me the story of when he worked as a derrickman in his early twenties. After a 12 hour shift of working in frigid conditions on an oil rig, he came down from the rig still numb from the cold and decided at that point that there had to be a better way to make a living. Thank goodness for that epiphany! Texas A&M College (at the time) was where he pursued his Accounting degree. He was proud to be an Aggie, never took his Class of 1960 ring off. He bled maroon and white, loved to watch the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Marching Band during half-time and always got chills down his spine when he would hear the Aggie Fight Song - “Hullabaloo Caneck, Caneck” I will never forget the nostalgic roadtrip we took together last year to visit Aggieland before his Oxygen levels became too high. He looked like a possum eating grapes, riding his scooter in front of the Academic building and going down memory lane! It was undoubtedly one of the best days of our lives as a family.

Dad loved adventure! I am stealing one of the many Facebook comments that described him as a Venezuelan Cowboy! He was an avid hunter and fisherman wouldn’t you say? Collectively, we could write a book on all of the experiences and stories!! I remember like it was yesterday, one of our many boat outings during the beach house days in Puerto La Cruz. We maxxed out on the # of people allowed on the boat, had a cooler full of his favorite Polar bear and well, I think he lost track of time and were too far out to get back to shore before the storm hit. What should have taken us 30 minutes to get back, turned into hours of hitting high, crashing waves. I remember that Amalia was visibly pregnant with Anthony. I believe that was the last time my mom went on an outing with us!!!

There are many more adventures during his remote fishing expeditions in the lower Orinoco basin. Peacock seabass fishing trips were what he lived for, right mom?? Those camping experiences, where they were truly roughing it, brought encounters with big cats, caiman sightings, boa constrictors, anteaters, snakes of all colors and sizes and even piranhas!!! His problem solving skills were often put to the test when the pickup trucks got stuck in the unpaved, muddy roads that took them to their destination.

Dad loved eating!!! He bit into his first filet mignon at the age of 22! The flavors of that culinary experience brought him into the world of grilling. Boy, could our Dad grill a good piece of meat! He was always ready to prepare a “parrillada” (Bar–B–Q) at a moments notice! Just serve him some scotch and water, give him his Aggie cap and some good company to tell dirty jokes and he was a happy man!

Dad loved to “Joder”, to stir things up a bit! He was rarely politically correct, very opinionated and never afraid to let you know! He also had a language of his own….you know what I’m talking about!!! We call them Don Day-isms!!! In Texas, it’s known as Bubba Talk!!!

Dad loved being the boss! During his days at home under hospice care, it was amazing to still see Dad want to be in control. He always offered his way of fixing the problem whether you wanted to hear it or not. Mom recently had a flat tire in the driveway. While the men were gathering tools, etc to work on the flat, dad was eagerly transferring to his scooter to supervise and direct their activities. He did not want to miss a minute of it and knew that his years of wisdom were going to be needed! He was so motivated to share what he knew, and he really did know a lot…..

Dad loved a lively gathering! Mom and Dad entertained and partied more than Sue and I will in our lifetimes! “Hospitality” best describes this dynamic duo! Mom was the master organizer and Dad grilled, joked and was often the life of the party. My family in Venezuela marveled that this green eyed gringo was so adaptable to the culture. They embraced him as one of their own and have had great admiration for him over the years.

Dad loved all his girls, but he especially treasured the woman he met almost 49 years ago. Mom, you changed Dad’s life when he first saw you at the airport in Maracaibo. When you said “yes”, little did you know what was ahead!!!! Thank you for being there through the good times and the bad times. You did an excellent job taking care of his needs.

Dad, thank you for giving Mom the much needed affirmation during your last few days. God was definitely with you and on behalf of all of us here, we wish you peace, love and joy as you reunite with those dearly departed.

Inhale and exhale…..take it all in……Dad.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 20, 2010
  • Visitation Tuesday, October 19, 2010

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Manuel Barrios

October 31, 2010

Octubre 20, 2010

El viernes pasado llegué a casa de los Day, eran las 3 de la tarde, compartí con ellos un par de horas. Al llegar Donald me recibió como siempre, me tiró tres bombazos acompañados de risa y de una expresión muy maracucha… coño-nojoda. Conversamos bastante, lo ví relativamente bien aunque estaba muy pensativo, hablamos de varios temas de actualidad, un poco de política y como siempre de cacería, de pesca y disfrutamos de una copa de Té frio, no pensé en ningún momento que era el último día que lo vería con vida.

Observo caras tristes y ojos llenos de lágrimas, pero yo siento que mi amigo Donald nos ve a nosotros desde el más allá con una cara sonriente y lleno de felicidad ya que sus días de angustia y de calamidades terminaron y ahora está en la Gloria del Señor.

QUE DIFICL ES VIVIR. En mi golpeado y agonizante país “Venezuela”, existen todavía, en este siglo en que vivimos, indios de la tribu Guajira quienes lloran cuando nace un niño y festejan cuando alguien muere, esos festejos se prolongan hasta por 7 días, comen, bailan y toman licor hasta perder el uso de la razón. LA MUERTE ES PARA ELLOS EL VERDADERO NACER.
Para mi el nacer significa llegar a la tierra para cumplir con un destino desconocido, solo Dios lo sabe. Llegamos al mundo y en seguida comienzan nuestras angustias... los de la niñez, los de la pubertad y luego los de adulto. Pasamos por una gama de dificultades... como son las enfermedades, los problemas de índole familiar, problemas económicos, etc. QUE DIFICIL ES VIVIR.

Donald se fue a Venezuela en donde permaneció muchos años, trabajó en la industria del petróleo, supo adaptarse y disfrutó de aquel bello país donde había abundancia de todo, seguridad y sin división alguna. Allí conoció a una gran mujer detrás de un mostrador de una Línea Aérea en el aeropuerto La Chinita de Maracaibo… su nombre Ondina, hermosa mujer que desde el primer día del flechazo le acompañó y le brindó todo su amor, comprensión y lealtad hasta el último momento.

Donald siempre me habló bien de todos, sin excepción. Donald fue un hombre sano, cumplidor de su deber, buen amante de la pesca y de la caza, un buen hijo, un buen hermano, un buen esposo y un excelente amigo, nunca le escuché una ofensa a terceras personas. Donald está ahora disfrutando de un estado de vida lleno de amor, de bondad, de paz, de seguridad, ya no tiene que preocuparse de las angustias que nos embargan en la tierra. Donald se encuentra hoy en un lugar libre, donde no existen fronteras, un lugar completamente abierto y sin muros que le impidan el paso. Donald hoy está rodeado de Ángeles que están disfrutando de su presencia, él es un Ángel más que hace pocos días llegó al reino celestial.

Recordemos todos a nuestro buen amigo Donald Day, un ser humano que nos brindaba paz y confianza con su presencia.

Donald, hoy todos pedimos al ser supremo por el eterno descanso de tu alma. Aqui estamos todos contigo, tu abnegada e incondicional Ondina, Donna Lee, Suzy y sus respectivos esposos, Loren, Kristin, Brandon, Sidney, tu querido baby brother Larry y demás familiares, como también muchos de tus compañeros, amigos y amigas que han venido a decirte… hasta que nos volvamos a ver.

Donald, Que la paz del señor esté contigo, Amén.

Gracias por haber sido mi amigo.

Manuel E. Barrios
Houston - Texas
barriosemail @

Rocky Roys

October 24, 2010

Dear Ondina,Donna Lee, Sussie and family:
All of you are in my heart, thoughts and prayers. I know what you are going through but with GOD in our hearts, everything is possible. I will see you all soon! So sorry that I was not able to attend the service.
Rocky Roys

Christina Day

October 22, 2010

Ondina, my love and prayers are with you all. Don was truly loved and will be missed greatly. I love and miss you.

Love Chrissy

Anabel Blanco Pineda

October 21, 2010

La verdad es que es una irreparable perdida pero él ya se encuentra en los brazos del Señor disfrutando de la Vida Eterna y amándonos eternamente. Para nosotros él siempre será nuestro uncle Donald. Mantenerse unidos en el amor que creo que ese seria su mayor deseo. Les queremos mucho, desde Madrid Anabel, Javier, Pietro, Rafa y Migue.

Natty Elena Chacon

October 19, 2010

For we will always remember Don with love and laughter. I know he is in heaven and looking down with a HUGE smile.

Cookie and family (Chacon-Sayago-Mattozzi)

October 19, 2010

Ondina, we are so sorry for your lost. Our prayers are with you and your family. Paullette Hightower & Family

Andrew & Libia Gregg

October 19, 2010

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Terry Wizig

October 19, 2010

Don and Ondina were two of my best friends in Venezuela. He was a really good guy who will be missed by his friends and family. My sympathy and best wishes to Ondina and the girls. My wife and I will remember him fondly.

October 18, 2010

My sincere sympathy goes to the Day Family. I loved Don and Ondina and it was always a joy to be around them. I know Don had a long illness and May God Bless Him - he is happy and laughing again. I also send my deepest regards to Billie and Buddy as I have been a life-time friend to the both of them.

Kathy & John Boardman

October 18, 2010

Ondina,Susi Q & Donna,
The first time we met Don was In Miami, we all immediately fell in love with him, smart, funny and honest. Then after we moved to Houston and found out that your whole family was moving there it was great getting to know him and the girls better. One particular time will always stick in my head when he wanted to know why John and I didn't have children yet and proceeded to educate us, with mom and dad and you Ondina there, he was not a shy person, I think that was only one of his endearing qualities, only one which I will never forget.