Donald Leon Meroney

July 13, 1936February 8, 2018

Donald Leon Meroney, 81, passed away on Thursday, February 8, 2018 in Big Lake. He was born on July 13, 1936 in Texon, Texas to the late, Royal Stanley and Velma Estelle Barnes Meroney. Donald married Mary Ann Barbee on August 16, 1958 in Sinton, Texas. He graduated from Reagan County High School in 1954 and from the University of Texas at Austin in 1971. His life’s work included becoming a Captain in the United States Army, teaching middle school math for many years in the Austin area and Big Lake, welding and crop-dusting. He had a life-long love of flying. Donald has been a member of First Baptist Church, Big Lake since 1980. Donald was a proud member of the Roy Rose American legion, where he was the Big Lake Veterans Contact for over 20 years. He was also a member of the Trailblazers and served on the Big Lake Economic Development board. He was known as a loyal, funny and kind-hearted man. His love of sharing stories with friends and family made him a great historian of the Big Lake and Texon areas as well. Donald will be missed greatly by all who knew and loved him. Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Meroney; son, Mark Patrick Meroney; brother, Robert Neal Meroney and his wife, Gloria; nephew, Michael Wayne Meroney; cousin, Larry Lynn Spitler; and a host of other relatives and friends. There will be an open time of visitation beginning at 10:00AM until services at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at the First Baptist Church, Big Lake. Rev. Gerald Bastin will officiate. Interment will follow in the Glen Rest Cemetery with Michael Foster, Carl Baker, Chuck Jones, Larry Mercer, Wayne Smith and Clinton White serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Isom, Tom Byrd and Kelwin Harris. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your charity of choice in Donald’s honor. The family wished to thank the amazing staff at Reagan County Care Center and Shannon Medical Center for the care Donald and the family received during his time at both facilities. Family and friends are encouraged to share memories, send condolences to the family, and sign the online guestbook at Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson’s Funeral Home of San Angelo.


  • Open Visitaion Prior to Funeral Services Wednesday, February 14, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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Martin & Natalie Edlebeck

February 24, 2018

Mr. and Mrs. Meroney were two of our favorite Christians in Big Lake. We loved hearing him chuckle as he shared of his Army years serving as a Captain in the Infantry Branch and jumping(Airborne). Your quiet spirit will always be remembered. You welcomed our family to Big Lake with open arms. God Bless you Mr. M.

Rhonda York

February 12, 2018

Mark, so sorry for your loss. Condolences to you and your mother.

Beverly Spain

February 12, 2018

Sending sincere condolences and prayers your way. Please let me know if I can help you in any way. God Bless you and your family.

Jane Wilson

February 11, 2018

Although not of his generation, Donald and I shared the experience of growing up in Texon. I always enjoyed talking to him at our Texon Reunions. We owe Don and Mary Ann our thanks for consistently supporting them. While researching to write a history of our home town, I knew I could depend on Don to fill in the blanks. His memory was amazing and complete. Thanks to Mark for informing me of his father's passing. My heartfelt sympathy and love to him and to Mary Ann. Jane Spraggins Wilson

Kenneth Keener

February 10, 2018

Donald Meroney was a lifetime friend, classmate, teammate, and an individual that we all enjoyed during our high school days at RCHS in Big Lake in the 1950's. Don and I were co-captains of the HS football team in the Class of 1954. Donald was an outstanding running back and defensive back and later played for the Baylor Bears in the old Southwest Conference. Don and I also, ran on the high school mile relay for the track team in 1953 and 1954. One of the highlights that I remember was the track meet in Iraan in 1953 when we won the district track meet by winning the last event of the day ---- the mile relay. Donald ran first, Jerry Thompson ran second, I ran third, and Eddie Compton ran the anchor lap. We were never behind during the race and Donald had a 10-yard lead after the first lap. Donald was a great athlete and if RCHS had a Hall of Fame he should be in it! I knew Donald and his spouse, Mary Ann Barbee Meroney since 1950/1951 and they were greats friends and classmates. God Bless Donald, Mary Ann, their son, Donald's brother and their entire family and their many friends.

Kenneth Keener