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OBITUARY

Donald Bird

November 18, 1946September 1, 2020
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Donald Bird, age 73, of Houston, Texas passed away on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. Don was born November 18, 1946 at St. Joseph's Hospital; 4 minutes later his best friend and twin brother, Ronnie joined him.

He was a devoted and beloved husband to his wife, Judy Cooper Bird; adoring father to his daughter, Amanda; doting "Big Pappa" to Landon and Drake and loyal to countless friends -who became family. He enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his family and friends, golf and watching the Houston Astros.

He and Judy lived all over the great State of Texas and Santa Fe, NM but aside from Houston, a special place in his heart resided in Jacksonville, TX. Don grew up going to Lake Jacksonville with his parents and brother and later carried on these traditions with Judy, his daughter and her family.

The Houston Police Department was very short on police officers in 1966, so the Bird Twins joined the force that May at the age of 19 years old. Don's gift of connecting with people led him into various sales positions. He was fortunate to finish his career out at Vibac, under the leadership and more importantly friendship, of his dear boss, Reno, confidant, Jane and countless other close colleagues and clients.

On Feb 16, 1981, Don's "Baby Girl" came into the world. On Oct 14, 1989, Don married the love of his life, Judy Cooper. These two were the most important women in his life. Before this, Don was given the gift of having his identical twin brother with him every step of the way; the person that was there as they took their first breaths was there to hold his hand, as Don took his last. There is no way to put into words the bond between these four souls.

With that being said, Don never met a stranger. He was considered a brother and even a father to so many. There are no adequate words to describe Don. He was a feeling, he was love, he was light and he made everyone around him better.

Don Bird was met in Heaven by his beloved mother, Frances, father Elry and niece Amber Bird. Don is survived by his loving wife, Judy Bird, his daughter and son in law, Amanda Bird Smith and JR Smith and their children, Drake and Landon; his brother and sister-in-law, Ronnie and Evelyn Bird and nephew, Ronnie Bryan Bird. His family was graced with strength and care from their dear friend, Penelope C. Bugg

A service will be held at The Woodlands United Methodist Church (Sanctuary) at 2 pm, Thursday, September 24th. The church is located at 2200 Lake Woodlands Dr. , The Woodlands, TX 77381.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made, in Donnie's name, to the Houston Police Retired Officers Association either online or via mail: Online: https://hproa.com/default.aspx/MenuItemID/659/MenuGroup/HOME.htm

Via Mail: Houston Police Retired Officers Association P.O. Box 130787 Houston, TX 77219

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Thursday, September 24, 2020

Memories

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Joe Magda

September 24, 2020

I met Don during a telephone call back in 2017, had several conversations and finally met Don in person while on a visit to their home in Woodlands. Don and Judy picked Kathleen and I up at the Houston airport for the Thanksgiving Holiday 2019, and our friendship blossomed. During our visit, Don and I had conversations for many hours, mostly at night, talking about family, God, and every significant event of our lives, sharing secrets with confidence as if we had known each other forever. I will never forget his humor, and wonderful positive empathy, respect, and his reflections of love he expressed during our "late night" talks and views of his family, especially his love and devotion for Judy. Don and Judy both honored me with a wonderful hospitality I had never experienced or before received. Truth be known, I know Don to be a good, wholesome, complete man, and spirit that will be with us forever.

Hey Don, feel for the Angels my friend,
They'll keep you safe and warm tonight,
God's grace is with you to trust your Angel's guiding Light
May you fly in peace forever Don, you earned your golden wings.

Judy Elliston VanPelt

September 23, 2020

My favorite memory was 7th grade, Miss Solie's homeroom and English class. Donnie and Ronnie and I had to sit in front of the class near her desk...because the 3 of us got in trouble for talking when we shouldnt. And of course Donnie and Ronnie were always being funny. Donnie you were always one of my favorite classmates. I will miss you at our reunion. I am glad that you are at peace now with no pain. You will always be in my heart.

Jerry Bailey

September 23, 2020

I met Donnie and Ronnie Bird when I was ten years old (62 years ago) when we played in the Freeway Manor Little League. At South Houston high school we all played varsity football together for two years. As HPD officers, they provided security for me at the Scene West night club in the early 1970s. We have been family ever since sharing aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces and numerous Fourth of July celebrations at the lake in Jacksonville. Don (and Ron) were like the brothers I never had. I know Don is now in a better place and free from the pain and suffering he endured over the past few years. He was a DAMN GOOD MAN. I will miss his smile and engaging personality. RIP!

Ryne Bailey

September 23, 2020

Uncle Donnie,

It was an honor being able to call you my uncle.
Throughout the years, getting to spend time with you was always such a blessing for me. You were always so funny in the way you would tell stories. I remember just laughing constantly as we would sit and visit at the lake, or work on the lawn mower.
These will always be great memories for me. I will continue to cherish all the fun times we had together. You are such a wonderful person, inside and out. Your stories, smile and infectious personality were unlike any other.

Your memory will always live on in my heart.
Until we meet again in Heaven,

love and sympathy,
Ryne

Gary Church

September 22, 2020

I played Little-League baseball with Don and Ron. We were on the same team, the Orioles. I loved every minute of it! A major reason I did was their humor, friendliness, and all-around goodness. I was saddened to hear of Don's passing. One of the fine people no longer with us, but one that will stay in many hearts! Mine goes out to Don's family and many friends. God bless you all...

Preston Dobbs

September 22, 2020

I can’t remember a time when Donnie and Ronnie were not a part of my life. Wonderful, fun, lively memories of our years of friendship. Praying for the family. He will be missed.
Blessings,
Preston and Nancee

Harry Jefferson

September 21, 2020

My sympathies to Judy , Amanda , Ronnie, Evelyn and the rest of the family. I have known Don and Ronnie since I was 10 years old. I have a lot of fond memories playing on the same Little league team with them where my dad was the coach. Also a lot of memories from our years in school and the weekends at the Lake. I will miss Don's out going personality and fun stories. I will also remember the great fight he put up and the great care you gave to him during his illness. Rest in the comfort that he is now at peace. God Bless all of you.

Lynn Fisher

September 20, 2020

We were so blessed to have known Donny and experienced his exuberant personality, humor, generosity and kindness. Such an exceptional gentlemen with a bit of the devil in his huge smile. He and David were often the only husbands at Spa at the Lake events and were kindred. spirits, both skilled in navigating a sea of mostly women. You could tell that family and friends were everything to him. Wishing comfort to you dear friend, Judy, dauther, Amanda and the rest of your family.

Darlene Henery

September 20, 2020

I was so sorry to hear about Donnie. He was so much fun in school and such an important part of our youth. He was handsome, fun loving and just enjoyed life so much and he was always a gentleman. It’s easy to see from the pictures that he loved his family very much.
I send love and my deepest sympathy to all of the Bird family at this very difficult time and I will keep all of you in my prayers.

Darlene Rierson Henery





Phyllis Nash

September 20, 2020

I have known you guys since elementary. We had a wonderful childhood growing up on Sulphur Street. Such fond memories that won't be forgotten.
Lots of prayers for strength during this difficult time.

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Biography

Donald Bird, age 73, of Houston, Texas passed away on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. Don was born November 18, 1946 at St. Joseph's Hospital; 4 minutes later his best friend and twin brother, Ronnie joined him.

He was a devoted and beloved husband to his wife, Judy Cooper Bird; adoring father to his daughter, Amanda; doting "Big Pappa" to Landon and Drake and loyal to countless friends -who became family. He enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his family and friends, golf and watching the Houston Astros.

He and Judy lived all over the great State of Texas and Santa Fe, NM but aside from Houston, a special place in his heart resided in Jacksonville, TX. Don grew up going to Lake Jacksonville with his parents and brother and later carried on these traditions with Judy, his daughter and her family.

The Houston Police Department was very short on police officers in 1966, so the Bird Twins joined the force that May at the age of 19 years old. Don's gift of connecting with people led him into various sales positions. He was fortunate to finish his career out at Vibac, under the leadership and more importantly friendship, of his dear boss, Reno, confidant, Jane and countless other close colleagues and clients.

On Feb 16, 1981, Don's "Baby Girl" came into the world. On Oct 14, 1989, Don married the love of his life, Judy Cooper. These two were the most important women in his life. Before this, Don was given the gift of having his identical twin brother with him every step of the way; the person that was there as they took their first breaths was there to hold his hand, as Don took his last. There is no way to put into words the bond between these four souls.

With that being said, Don never met a stranger. He was considered a brother and even a father to so many. There are no adequate words to describe Don. He was a feeling, he was love, he was light and he made everyone around him better.

Don Bird was met in Heaven by his beloved mother, Frances, father Elry and niece Amber Bird. Don is survived by his loving wife, Judy Bird, his daughter and son in law, Amanda Bird Smith and JR Smith and their children, Drake and Landon; his brother and sister-in-law, Ronnie and Evelyn Bird and nephew, Ronnie Bryan Bird. His family was graced with strength and care from their dear friend, Penelope C. Bugg

A service will be held at The Woodlands United Methodist Church (Sanctuary) at 2 pm, Thursday, September 24th. The church is located at 2200 Lake Woodlands Dr. , The Woodlands, TX 77381.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Donnie's name, to the Houston Police Retired Officers Association at: https://hproa.com/default.aspx/MenuItemID/659/MenuGroup/HOME.htm

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