Donald Randolph West

November 2, 1933May 27, 2018
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Donald Randolph West, R. Ph., was born November 2, 1933, to George R. West and Lorena Felder in Temple, Texas. He attended Dunbar High School there, a superior student who graduated Salutatorian of his class. Donald matriculated to Texas Southern University in Houston. While there, he volunteered to serve in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He received an honorable discharge in 1957 after four years of service and continued his education, earning his degree in Pharmacy.

Whilst in the service, Donald met and married Fay Nash, and in this union, they welcomed their first daughter, Chandra Donette. The young family relocated afterwards to Tuskegee, Alabama, where Donald worked as Chief Pharmacist at John A. Andrew Memorial Hospital. There, they welcomed their second daughter, Trina Lorraine. Later, the family moved to California, where Donald continued to grow in his profession, working at the VA Hospital.

After some time, Donald relocated to Pueblo, Colorado, to accept a leadership position in the VA Hospital Department of Pharmacy. He later married Birdell Hardy, and with her two sons, Vincent and Ivan, they together united as a family. In this union, Donald and Birdell welcomed the birth of their daughter, Margo Lynn, and moved to Denver, Colorado, where he accepted employment as a Pharmaceutical Sales Representative with Merck Sharp & Dohme. During this time, they welcomed their son, Donald Randolph Jr. (Randy).

Donald succeeded greatly in his profession, making countless strong connections anywhere he went. As he continued building his network, Merck recognized the value he brought to the company and promoted him to a Military Sales position in San Antonio, Texas. Donald became a great leader for the company, so outstanding that he earned multiple Vice President’s Awards from Merck throughout his career. He was also driven to continue his education, earning his MBA and thriving until his retirement in 2005 after 37 years of work. His desire to remain engaged with his network of Merck alumni led him to pursue a sales position with Essential Pharmaceutical, where he specialized in organ transplant solutions.

While living in San Antonio, Donald welcomed grandchildren, made many close friends, and traveled around the world. He found his faith home in Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as an active member. During his time in retirement, his beloved wife Birdell passed away on February 15, 2011.

Donald continued to travel and enjoy his family, grandchildren, friends, and church, well into the next decade. With loved ones at his bedside, Donald passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, May 27, 2018.

He is survived by his brother Delano, first cousin Dorothy, children Vincent, Chandra (Mark), Ivan (Claudina), Trina (John), Margo (Don-Terry), Donald Jr., grandchildren Chelsea, Lauren Joy, Ian, Miles, Pierce, Don-Terry Jr., Kiri, Donald III (Trey), and Mason-Terry.


  • Visitation Monday, June 11, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, June 11, 2018
  • Graveside Service with Military Honors Monday, June 11, 2018

Donald Randolph West

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Hilary Brown Smith

June 15, 2018

Uncle Don and Aunt Fay were the best man and matron of honor at my parents’s wedding in Dec 1960; I have always heard about their special bond and this photo proves it : to come to a small town in East Texas in the winter to stand up for your best friends . Over the years I’ve heard of the stories of their days and how close they were . Uncle Don even came to my dad’s funeral in 2005 even though I do not know how he knew ; it is with a heavy heart Mother and I learn of his transition; please know you are in our thoughts and prayers go to the family during this time of grief .

Manuel Cerna

June 14, 2018

Regina and I have many great memories with Don. We always looked forward to our dinners at Kirby's. We had our spot right in the middle of the bar. We shared many laughs and stories of days gone by. If Don was in town , we would invite him to many family gatherings . Don was family! We enjoyed all of our many trips and adventures. Now you are with Birdell and your mom, what a great place to be. We will miss you, our dear, dear friend! We love you Don!

Wilneth Vazquez

June 11, 2018

I will always cherish the last few memories with Mr. West. They were truly special and meaningful.

Today will not be easy for me. But the moments I was able to share with Mr. West will give me a reason to smile. Mr. West never failed to understand my sense of humor. I remember the last conversation together, he was sleeping so profoundly... so I asked him what was he dreaming of and his response was "you". We laughed for a good while. As you can see, he also had the funniest sense of humor. I can't thank Mrs. McLean enough for letting me take care of Mr. West for as long as I could. Eventually, Mr. West started calling me his adopted daughter so then I started calling him Pops, just like the rest of the family. I made sure to always make him smile at least once during my shift. His smile would always brighten up my stressful days. I was his caregiver on day 1. But on day 2, he became more than just my client. He became my father. I am so thankful to have known Mr. West. Heaven is so lucky to have him. I love you Pops and will be dreaming of you until then.

Much love,

Wilneth Joan (Adept Home Health Care)

Gary Mead

June 11, 2018

To the West Family:

Please accept my heartfelt sympathy on your loss. Like many other young and aspiring minority representatives at Merck, Mr. West was both an inspiration and, more importantly, a helpful mentor and leader.
He will be sorely missed but his legacy will remain steadfast.
May the Joy of the Lord be your strength.

God Bless.


G. W. Mead

Aly and Uri Whitehead

June 11, 2018

I met Mr. West through my grandma (Silvia). While grandma took care of Mrs. West. Since I can remember I would come over to visit (specially in the summer.) I love them both. Mrs. West would always smile at me even though she would not talk much. We went for walks, did arts crafts, I would brush her hair, dance for her, and listen to music while grandma cooked for us and Mr. West when he was coming in from a trip from work. Mr. West was very sweet and would always give me chocolate milk and ice cream. I even played a few times with their grandchildren DonTerry and Mason. They were all very nice and Mr. West always made me feel welcome. I know we will all miss him. ❤️ Aly. I as well met Mr. & Mrs. West through my mother. They were both very humble and sweet. Mr. West was always very appreciative of my mother’s care towards he’s wife. He was very nice to us and also appreciated my step dad (Richard). He will be greatly missed but never forgotten. We extend our deepest condolences to all the family and love ones. ❤️ Uri

Silvia Estevez Rodriguez

June 11, 2018

I thank and praise the Lord for allowing me and my family to have been a part of the life of such a humble, loving, caring wonderful man of faith. Soon after the Lord gave me the assignment to care for Mr. West’s beloved wife Birdell in late 2002 till her passing in 2011. I met a man that although he carried much responsibility in his shoulders he allowed God to lead the way. I knew from the moment I met them both and Vincent that God wanted me to stay until the end. That day was the beginning of a journey of sharing so many wonderful moments of joy, laughter, prayer, crying, loving memories, growing in faith and so many blessings. I grew to love them so much and their entire beautiful family and friends. I feel so blessed, humble and privilege to have met such wonderful people. Thank you for allowing me to be part of your life’s. May our Lord continue to open the windows of heaven and bless all of you with unity, joy, peace, grace but most of all Love. In Jesus name! Amen! 💕 Love Richard & Silvia

Malik & Ceroasetta Simba

June 9, 2018

We visited with Don (at his home) and our cousin Vincent in 2015. Vincent invited friends and cooked a wonderful dinner for all of us. Don was his usual joyful self. He was always a great storyteller. So anytime we were with him (even back in the late 1960s in Pueblo, CO while attending college), he kept us laughing and engaged in stories from whatever part of life he was sharing at the time. We are and have been blessed to have Don in our family. He cared passionately for his mother, his wife, his children, and his dearest friends. Our deepest sympathy to all Don's immediate family members. Blessings, Cousins Malik & Ceroasetta
Fresno, CA

Cassandra Butts

June 9, 2018

Don was married to my cousin Birdell. When i met Don for the first time he was the most gracious and welcoming gentleman. He brought much happiness to the family. To his beautiful children he will be missed. Love: Sandra Butts

Jerry Shelton

June 5, 2018

I am so sorry to hear of Don's passing. Don and I worked together at Merck. Don was exceptionally effective in his job, was highly respected, and very ethical. Don was loved by everyone and will be missed. My heartfelt condolences to Don's family. God Bless