Don A. Whitten
October 27, 1928 – January 24, 2019
Don A. Whitten was born in Loco, Oklahoma on October 27, 1928 the first born of Thomas Ohona “Jack” and Faye Johnson Whitten (who predeceased him). He went home to be with our Lord on January 24, 2019. He went to 14 schools during his twelve years of elementary, junior high, and high school, graduating from Altus High School in 1947 as a proud Bulldog. He still has his letter jacket with real pigskin sleeves that is tattered and well-worn. During football season, he played guard on both sides of the ball and at halftime, he’d grab his trombone and march with the band in his football uniform. He furthered his education at Oklahoma Baptist University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a minor in Physics. In order to go to college, he enlisted in the United States Army in 1947 and was recalled to active duty during the Korean War. The G. I. Bill was the mechanism that helped him attain his dream, a college degree, for which he was thankful his entire lifetime. Don was raised to the level of Master Mason at the Shawnee Lodge in 1953 and maintained his membership throughout his life. Upon graduation, he went to work for Earl P. Halliburton, driving a truck, which was requisite in those days. He became a practical mechanical engineer and a practical explosives engineer, specializing in the perforation of oil wells. Through the latter part of the 1950’s and early 1960’s, he worked for Halliburton, Welex (a Halliburton subsidiary), and McCollough Tool Company, which took him from Duncan, Oklahoma to Houston, Texas. In 1961, he was involved in an explosion on an experimental tool that took two fingers and half his thumb from his left hand. In 1964, he went to work for Allstate Insurance Company in Oklahoma City as an agent and started building a clientele, which he served until 1992 when he retired. In December of 1953, his beautiful sister, Paula Reba Frech, introduced him to her good friend and former locker mate at Classen High School (Class of 1950), Lois Irene Pulliam. He was enamored with her quick wit and her beautiful ankles. They dated for six months and married on June 24, 1954. He loved her dearly and daily. Their favorite song was “Unchained Melody”, to which they’d dance slowly whenever it was played; it didn’t matter where. This tradition lasted until Lois’ passing in 2009. They raised three sons: David Alan, Robert Don, and Daniel Wesley Whitten, who knew they were loved by their parents. David (married to Gayla Jean McMillan Whitten) of Edmond, Oklahoma had two boys, Lonnie Clark and Brian Grey and adopted newborn Ivy Michelle Whitten. Clark is married to Lyndi Whitten and their children are son, Julian and daughter, Jaelyn. Brian married Renee and their children are sons, Grey and Hollis. Ivy is single and a fantastic singer. Gayla has a daughter, Jessica Stone-Simpson, who is married to Luke. Jessica has one son, Raphael, who can do just about anything he puts his mind to. Robert never had children and lives with friend Terry Qualman in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. Dan (married to Kimberly Ann Whitten) of Oklahoma City has two girls, Carrie Markham Maloney and Laura Whitten Booth, and a son, Cale Whitten. Carrie is married to Toby and their children are Jacquelyn and Josephine. Laura is married to Tim, and her two children are daughters, Shelby and Cambree. Cale is single. Kim has two children, a son, Jeff Millard who is married to Becki, and a daughter, Kristi Millard and her daughter, Emma. Don is survived by his sons, their wives, the kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids, his sister, Paula Reba Frech and her husband Carl, brother Major Alex Whitten and his wife Kay, and several nieces and nephews, all of whom were revered by Don. His highest and best regards to his family and friends of many years. The family would also like to thank Luz and Camilo Medina for their friendship, thoughtfulness and care over the years. For more than 30 years, Mother and Dad supported CBN Ministries. If you care to make a Memorial Donation, that would be their choice. The family is most grateful for your attendance and wishes you Godspeed in your endeavors.
- Bill Varner, Honorary Pallbearer
- Bruce Rinehart, Honorary Pallbearer
- Jay Colcord, Honorary Pallbearer
- Jim Barkley, Honorary Pallbearer
- John Hancock, Honorary Pallbearer
- Johnny Mercer, Honorary Pallbearer
- Terry Qualman, Honorary Pallbearer
- Tom Joyce, Honorary Pallbearer
- Visitation Wednesday, January 30, 2019
- Funeral Service Thursday, January 31, 2019
Don A. Whitten
Aubrey and Judy Howard
January 30, 2019
We had the privilege of meeting Don and the Whitten family through CBN Ministries. We loved Don. We loved Lois. We love Kim. We didn't get to meet the boys as much as we would have liked, but what we met, we loved. :-) (We prayed for them through the years - excess iron, feet, etc.)
Don always met us in a perfectly-iron shirt, served us coffee (and often sent us home with a box of Gevalia Coffee) and served us cookies or some treat - the quintessential host.
With Lois, I'll always remember that she used to say to me (Judy), "I just looove you." And I never got tired of hearing that.
With Kim, we were always so glad when she surprised us by being there when we came. She is a special lady.
We had a lot of good times with the Whittens and made a lot of good memories. We talked a lot, cried some, but mostly laughed a lot.
Great blessings to all of the Whitten family. We wish you only the best.