September 27, 1942 – June 19, 2013
Don Baldwin of Crawford died Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at the age of 70. Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Monday, June 24, 2013, at Crawford First United Methodist Church with Rev. Decee Horton and Rev. Rebecca Hull officiating. Interment will follow in Crawford Cemetery under the direction of Cole Funeral Home, 1113 West Fifth Street, McGregor. A visitation, with refreshments, will be held from 6 to 8 P.M. at Cole Funeral Home. Don was born September 27, 1942, in Corsicana, Texas, the son of the late Horace Otha and Nadine (Hobbs) Baldwin. He began his education at Waco High School and left home when he was 17 to enlist in the United States Navy in 1959. From early testing, he was given an appointment to Annapolis. However, during a year of prep school his vision changed enough that he could not attend. Don then served on the destroyer USN Sullivans as a sonarman. During his service, he was involved in the search for the missing ship Thresher and in the Cuban Blockade. After his discharge from the military in 1963, Don returned to Waco to attend Baylor University to study Geology where he graduated Cum Laude in 1967. He then enrolled in Rice University as a National Science Foundation Fellow, graduating in 1971 with a Masters Degree in Geophysics. He was also published several times nationally. Don met Pat O’Michael and married May 27, 1967, at the Elizabeth and Robert Barrett Browning Library Chapel on the campus of Baylor University in Waco, Texas. During Don’s long career as a leader and mentor with ExxonMobil, he worked and went to the Bering Sea, Stavanger, Norway, the Western Gulf of Mexico and the Greater Midland Texas Basin. He also went to Brazil for four years, Melbourne, Australia, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, the Eastern Mediterranean, Chad/Niger in Africa, Wales and London. He also assisted in making other discoveries in several locations throughout the United States. While living in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, Don and Pat were able to travel to Peru, Morocco, Spain as well as going down the Amazon. Don also worked deep in the Amazon on some very dangerous explorations for oil and gas. In 2002, Don and Pat retired to the country outside of Crawford, Texas, where he enjoyed collecting guns and knives, target practicing and walking the land which his family purchased for retirement 32 years ago. At different times in his life, he played the Guitar, the Recorder, and Piano. Using his own darkroom, Don was an accomplished photographer. Survivors include his wife of forty-six years, Pat Baldwin; a son Austin Baldwin; a brother Reginald Baldwin and wife Janette of Crawford. Casketbearers will be Booger De Chaume, Charlie Fitzgerald, Steve Massey, Pedro Rodriquez, Phillip Stewart and James Williams. For those desiring, the family has suggested Crawford First United Methodist Church for memorial contributions.
- Visitation Sunday, June 23, 2013
- Funeral Service Monday, June 24, 2013
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August 21, 2013
Just found out about Don's passing. I worked with Don for over 10 years at ExxonMobil when he was doing regional geology. Don was a great mentor, colleague, gentleman, and above all the model for professional conduct. I want to pass on my deepest condolences. Don had (and still has) many friends in the technical ranks at ExxonMobil where he was greately respected.
August 20, 2013
I only had a short opportunity to work with Don at Exxon/ExxonMobil. He taught me much about how to handle myself in the company and focus on what is important. His influence continues through those he mentored and he will be missed.
June 23, 2013
Pat, Austin, Reg, Janette,
My condolences for the loss of your dear Don. The four of you filled his heart with love and joy through the years and he will always remain with you in your many memories.
June 22, 2013
Lillian Bluebonnet Health Service
June 22, 2013
Mr Baldwin will be greatly missed. I will miss our visits on the back porch with that awesome view he loved so much. Rest in peace Mr Baldwin
Amy Weir, LVN
June 22, 2013
Sending thoughts & prayers to you Pat. It was an honor to have been able to meet & help take care of him.
June 21, 2013
Have known Don since I was 12 years old. Brilliant man, excellent provider for his family. Always did the right thing. I learned from Don. He always took the time to explain anything, in terms I could understand, no matter how young I was. Don and Pat have always been there and his home has always been open to me
It has been an honor and privilege to be his sister-in-law.
He is in a better place and no longer in pain. God bless and may he rest in peace. Love, Shannon