Dr. Don Arthur Ensey Jr.

July 5, 1936May 1, 2019
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Dr. Don Arthur Ensey, Jr., 82, of Paris, passed away at his home, Wednesday, May 1, 2019. A Celebration of his life has been scheduled for 10:00 am, Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Lamar Avenue Church of Christ with Dr. Jay Spencer officiating. Cremation was conducted under the care and direction of Bright-Holland Funeral Home. Dr. Ensey was born July 5, 1936 in Boswell, Oklahoma to Don Arthur Ensey, Sr. and Edith Viola Nichols Ensey.

He graduated from Boswell High School in 1953 and continued with his education at Eastern Oklahoma A&M College in Wilburton, OK for a year before he went into the Army for two years. Following his honorable discharge from the service, he returned to Eastern Oklahoma A&M, on the G.I. Bill, to resume his education. After graduation from Eastern Oklahoma A&M, in 1958, he entered the veterinary school at Oklahoma State University, in Stillwater, OK and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1962. Following graduation, he and Elsie moved to Paris where he opened his veterinary practice in July 1962 and continued his practice until 1973. On January 7, 1976 he opened The Fish Fry Restaurant in Paris and successfully operated the restaurant until he retired in January 2005. Dr. Ensey had a love for the gifts from Mother Nature. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and wildlife conservationist. In his later years he had a passion for building and managing lakes and fisheries.

Preceding him in death were his parents and a sister, Ethel Kay Ensey.

Survivors include his wife, Elsie Dickey Ensey, whom he married June 2, 1961, building over 57 years of family and memories. Two sons, Gary Ensey & wife Sheila and Greg Ensey; grandson, Jake Ensey; granddaughters, Allison Ensey, Grace Ensey, and Maggie Ensey; two sisters, Lana Ensey and Rita “Charlie” Love & husband Felix along with a host of friends.

The family has requested memorials be given in Dr. Ensey’s name to The Red River Valley Boys & Girls Club Foundation, P.O. Box 919, Paris, Texas 75461, Attn. Cindy. To leave a message or tribute for the family, or to find memorial donation information, please visit


  • A Celebration of Life Saturday, May 11, 2019


Dr. Don Arthur Ensey Jr.

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Kim Tomblin Walker

May 10, 2019

I have many wonderful memories of Doc and my dad(Shorty Tomblin) over bird dogs and quail hunting and then years later with the Fish Fry. Mine and Larry’s prayers and thoughts are with you. May the comfort of the Lord surround you.

Gerald and Shirley Whitesides

May 9, 2019

Don was a longtime special friend to Gerald and our whole family. As couples we went on many adventures road trips and vacations. Mostly centered around fishing and outdoor activities. All of which had a special story and adventure. As much as we enjoyed fishing, if Don was there I never got to bate my own hook or remove the catch. Not real sure why, but I think I figured it out. He was for sure a very special friend.

Tina McLean

May 9, 2019

I've thought about Don , Elsie, Gary, Greg and family all week since learning of Don's passing. There are simply are no words to express how much he will be missed-how much I will miss him. It has always been a joy to me knowing that I could run into him at the Fry or the Hole in the Wall or a special visit to the lake on my trips home to Paris. Life takes us on many journeys many of them unplanned but they've always led me home to Paris and always to seeing Don's smile and hearing of his latest adventures and stories. All my love and condolences. He will be missed and always remembered with love and tenderness.

Linda Parson

May 8, 2019

Don always had a smile on his face. He shared a lot of found memories with the Parson family. My condolences with Elsie and her family.

Derald Bulls

May 6, 2019

Dear Ensey Family,
What a difference Doc and family have made in our community! Wherever I would run into Doc in and around town, he always took the time to say hello and flash that smile.

My life, and that of all Paris and Lamar County, is better today because of a life well-lived by Doc Ensey. May God continue to hold you close today and in the days ahead.

peggy moore

May 5, 2019

Elsie & Family: I am still in shock with Doc's passing. He looked so good, as you both did, when we visited in Wal Mart not long ago!! I enjoyed working out at the gym with Doc & you. He sure helped pass the time on the stairmaster!! Had such interesting & mostly fun stories to share. Always so upbeat & smiling!!
My prayers & thoughts are with you & each of your family. Life does go on.
In Christian Love, Peggy Moore

Donna Estep

May 4, 2019

One of the nicest persons you will ever meet. He started a great business The Fish Fry. Which has always been a very successful business. He would always come around to your table to say hi and greet you when you came in. He had excellent customer service! Which is carried out the same way with his son.

Carl Coker

May 4, 2019

Miss Elsie, Gary, Greg and family,
I was saddened to hear of Doc's passing. Such a great man that I had the pleasure of knowing. May peace be with your family during this sad time.

Joey Eastwood

May 4, 2019

Doc Ensey will be missed but he has left an incredible legacy. He would come to the clinic often and share stories of the "good ole days" of practice. One story in particular was about when he became an "overnight chinchilla expert". That one still makes me laugh. Sending prayers for Ensey family.

Andy Wright

May 4, 2019

Doc to me was and always will be one of the best vetirnarians and friends that we had the pleasure of knowing. Thanks doc!!! Andy Mary Lou Wright