Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home

601 North Alleghaney, Odessa, TX


Donald Claude Shinn

January 18, 1936May 17, 2019

Beloved friend and family member, Don Shinn, 83, of Odessa passed away at home May 17 2019. A memorial service will be held at Asbury United Methodist Church on May 21, 2019 at 11am. Don was born in Oklahoma City, grew up and was educated in the Oklahoma school system including the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City University. As a boy he was active in scouts achieving Eagle Scout honors. He was always active in his church wherever he went serving in many capacities on various committees, but always being in the choir as he loved to sing and had a beautiful voice. Besides his family and singing, Don had two other passions, cooking and baseball. He loved to cook for groups especially breakfast and smoking meats which he did quite often for church events and his family. He was an avid fan of the Texas Rangers and for many years he and Barbara held season tickets to the Ranger games traveling to Arlington whenever they could. Don came to Odessa in 1980 and immediately joined the choir at St. Luke’s UMC where he met the love of his life, choir director Barbara Ackerman whom he married in 1981 and they have had 37 wonderful years together. Don was a people person and loved helping others. He served on the board of many local organizations including the Midland/Odessa Symphony and Chorale, the Salvation Army, Odessa College Scholarship, Friends of the Library, and Rotary International where he served as president of the Greater Odessa club and later served as District 5730 Governor in 2002/03. Don was recognized for his Rotary work in Mexico and in the district with the highest honor a Rotarian can receive, The Service Above Self award. For his work in Odessa he and his wife Barbara were recognized with a plaque on the Rotary Wall of Fame in Centennial Park. Don was also recognized for his community work with the Community Statesman award that is presented annually by the Heritage Foundation of Odessa. Don is preceded in death by his parents B. Claude Shinn and T. Chole Moore Shinn and his first wife Lois Shinn. He is survived by his wife Barbara, his son Terry Shinn and wife Janet, daughter Tori Chandler, brother Bob Shinn, and grandsons Jason Chandler (Melanie), Travis Shinn (Bridget) and Tanner Shinn and great grandson Brysen Chandler If you choose, in lieu of flowers that fade away, the family asks that you honor Don’s love of service to others with a donation to either Rotary International or to Asbury UMC permanent fund,


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Jo Rogers

June 5, 2019

Barbara, I’m so sorry to learn of your loss. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Deepest sympathy for all who knew and loved Don.

Jim Wirwahn

May 29, 2019

Ms . A,
I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Kathleen LaValley

May 20, 2019

Mr. Shinn must have been a wonderful man. He raised a wonderful daughter. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.

JT Morgan

May 20, 2019

I had the pleasure of tagging along with Don & Barbara to the Copper Canyon of Mexico to deliver some school supplies and work a little with the local Tarahumara folks. It was about 25 years ago. He was an amazing host, the people whom he had previously met were SOOOO proud of what he and Barbara had done for them and their neighbors, and it was a life-changing experience for me. He was such a tireless advocate for helping others by developing and supporting Rotarians and even a harder worker when it came to Rotary projects.
This earth would be a far better place with a few more selfless people like this hardworking, wonderful and gentle man!

Ernest Lynch

May 20, 2019

I was sorry to hear of Don's passing. He will be missed. I enjoyed the music he presented when he sang. May the Lord of Peace be with you.

Your Friend,
Ernest Lynch

Colleen Oehlschlager

May 19, 2019

I will miss you Don.

Charles Cotten

May 19, 2019

Bonnie and I lost a good friend and traveling companion with the loss of Don. He and Barbara along with Bonnie and I shared many fond times together as we traveled for Rotary and as part of our Church family at Asbury UMC. Every Sunday when we had the opportunity we would share lunch after church. Don and I worked together on many activities for Rotary and Church. We both liked to cook and shared the kitchen on many occasions on behalf of our Methodist Men's group. Don was a true southern gentleman and to me epitomizes I Corinthians 13: 1-13. Don had an opinion on many issues and as we traveled together we would discuss a wide ranging variety of topics and not always did we agree, but we did commit to agreeing to disagree agreeably. He was my friend and I will miss him, but I am firm in my belief that we will meet again. Rest in peace until that day. Our prayers go out to the family that God surrounds them with love and gives them peace during this difficult time.