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Sunset Memorial Park & Funeral Home

1701 Austin Highway, San Antonio, TX

OBITUARY

Don Begley

September 18, 1960July 18, 2019

Sergeant First Class Don Begley, U.S. Army (Retired), departed this life peacefully in his home on 18 July, 2019 at the age of 58. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Donald and Arlene Begley on 18 September, 1960. He was an Eagle Scout, recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal, and served his country proudly and honorably for 20 years. He was an amazingly loving and devoted husband, father, Opa, son, brother, uncle, soldier, and loyal friend that will be dearly missed. Don was preceded in death by his mother Arlene and his brother Thomas. He is survived by his beautiful wife of 38 years Dagmar, his son Dominic and his wife Paige Begley, his daughter Denise Begley, his grandchildren Hailey, Payton, Jameson and Colton, his father Donald Begley, his sisters Donna, Deborah, and Patricia and his brothers Michael and Keith. A graveside service for SFC Begley will be celebrated on Thursday July 25, 2019 at 9:15 A.M. at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, Committal Shelter 2, with full Military Honors. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:30 A.M. on the same day, at the Oblate Missions Grotto located at 5712 Blanco Rd, San Antonio TX 78216. Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association or to SA basiC Ministries (send checks payable to SA basiC Ministries to: SA basiC Ministries c/o Danny Lents, 11611 Birdhill, San Antonio, TX 78253).

  • FAMILY

  • Don was preceded in death by his mother Arlene and his brother Thomas. He is survived by his beautiful wife of 38 years Dagmar, his son Dominic and his wife Paige Begley, his daughter Denise Begley, his grandchildren Hailey, Payton, Jameson and Colton, his father Donald Begley, his sisters Donna, Deborah, and Patricia and his brothers Michael and Keith

Services

  • Committal Service Thursday, July 25, 2019

Memories

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Donna Longo

August 10, 2019

You were truly a man to be admired. You pulled together, for Tommy, it was so very touching to see you and Michael putting together that TV. it was a memory I will NEVER forget. You were so very proud of your family and truly they are fantastic families that are remarkable. The days we spent together in March were so blessed. I always felt truly loved by you Don. You were a true jokester in any crisis. With love and deep admiration xoxox

Lyne Jackson

July 31, 2019

It's with such disbelief that our good friend Don has passed away at such a young age. He will be greatly missed.
Don was a great man and such a great friend.
I met Don and Dagmar when their daughter Denise played soccer with my daughter Valerie when the girls were little. My late-husband, Joe, and I took a liking to him immediately. That thick New York accent and his joie-de-vivre made him bigger than life!
We have so many memories from the soccer games, camping, adult game nights, dinner parties and especially, our "Annual Coast Trip" which started with only 3 couples many, many years ago and has grown to 10 families and still occurs every September since then. Continue the Legacy, you would say!!
My late-husband had ALS and Don was like a brother to him. Don ALWAYS made sure Joe was ok and provided for at every get-together. It was second nature to Don to help Joe. Always ready to help anybody for that matter.
I have so many memories of such terrific times and all the great laughs we had together.
Don, I will miss you so much. I know you're reunited with Joe, drinking beer and playing "Washers". Dagmar will miss you so much.
You are no longer suffering and may you Rest in Peace, "brother"!
Love always,
Lyne

DANNY LENTS

July 27, 2019

I noticed the common theme in testimonies made at Don's celebration of life gathering and in testimonies on this page are:
Love, Laughter, Intelligence, Family

What an amazing legacy!
I feel blessed to have known you brother.

Valerie Jackson

July 26, 2019

There’s not enough great things I can say about Don. I’ve known him for almost 20 years, Denise & I played soccer & went to school together. A couple memories I’ll always have of him include his rendition of “Who Let the Dogs Out” on the sidelines of our games, in his baritone voice that you could hear for miles! Another is me teasing him about his hair line on the back of his neck. I got a kick out of telling him it wasn’t straight (even though it was) & he would be so worried that he’d go & find Dagmar to ask her.
He was one of my dad’s best friends & when my dad was unable to do things on his own, because of his progressing ALS, Don was always the first one to be there helping him. Don even learned to brew beer, since my dad could no longer do it himself, & he also gave the eulogy at my dad’s funeral. I know they’re together again now, doing what they both enjoyed: telling jokes, watching football, & drinking beer!
Rest In Peace Don

Tami Julka

July 25, 2019

I loved this man! How I'll miss seeing him at the coast, pitching washers with a beer in hand and smiling. He'll be deeply missed. Until we meet again, my friend.

Mary Alice Delgado

July 25, 2019

My deepest condolences to the family. He was such a nice caring man. May he Rest In Peace.
I am blessed to of known him.

Mary Alice Delgado
Fort Sam Houston
Retired

James Philpott

July 25, 2019

The first time I met Don it was clear that he was a good man. A wonderful man, father, and grandfather. A brother in arms. My best friend, Dominic Begley, his son, exemplifies all the wonderful qualities Don will be remembered for. RIP Don, we got this.

Melissa Buzzard

July 24, 2019

We are heartbroken to hear of Don's passing, which was way too early.
We met the Begley's while we were stationed in the Netherlands and considered them as family ever since.
Don, you gave so much love to everyone and we will always remember your warm smile, your great sense of humor and your kind heart you've shared with everyone. We will always love you and be looking forward to meeting you again in heaven.
You will never be forgotten!
~ Melissa, Neli, Alex & Jayden

Belinda Ramirez

July 23, 2019

I worked with Don at AMEDDC&S for several years and I remember him as always being a caring soul not only for soldiers but also for anyone working with him. I recall the sandwiches he personally made for the team at a marketing event because he knew there would not be time for lunch. He was that kind of person.

To Don’s family, may those special memories bring you comfort during this difficult time.

Don, you were an incredible human being and you will be missed!

Jose Rodriguez

July 23, 2019

Don was a great guy. He always took the time to say hello and pass along a kind word to everyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

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