Don Hamilton was the first baby born in Ada, Ponatoc County, Oklahoma on January 1, 1930 to James Marion and Thelma Louise Hamilton. He attended Holdenville, Oklahoma High School and graduated in 1948. He was voted President of his Senior Class. Don was active in all sports, earning letters in football, basketball, track & field, wrestling, golf, and tennis. During his senior year, he was invited to participate in the “All–State Track & Field Meet” in Norman, OK, competing in the 100 yard Dash, High Jump, and Long Jump.
After graduation he served in the U. S. Navy. He was assigned to the Naval Corpsman Group at Balboa Naval Hospital, San Diego, California. During his service, he was selected to the District 12 All–Star Basketball team in San Diego. He always joked, “He was the only Navy sailor to never get aboard a ship.”
He married his crosstown sweetheart, Patsy Ruth Holliday, in 1951.
Don earned his BS degree from East Central State Teachers College, Ada, OK. He moved with his wife, Pat, to Amarillo, TX in 1957 to accept employment with the Amarillo ISD. He taught at Robert E. Lee Elementary School and Bonham Junior High School. Don continued his education to achieve his M. Ed from West Texas State University. He became a guidance counselor at James Bowie Junior High School and later Tascosa High School. He served the Amarillo ISD for 30 years. He saw early in life that he needed a second profession. He began driving a “Trailways Bus” and was employed by the John Heket family in Amarillo. He drove the Trailways for 30 years.
Don was an avid fly fisherman and hunter.
Don and Pat traveled often, mostly to Oklahoma and Las Vegas, NV. He enjoyed Las Vegas, the Oklahoma Sooners, and the Dallas Cowboys.
During his later years, Don resided at Park Place Towers in Amarillo. He is grateful to BSA Hospice of the Southwest and especially his caregiver, Janna Colvin.
Interment will be a private burial in Holdenville, OK next to his wife of 60 years, Pat, and his Mother and Father. Friends and former students are welcome to attend his Celebration of Life Memorial Service at Park Place Towers, 1300 S. Harrison, Amarillo, TX on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 2:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Olivia’s Angels Foundation, 500 S. Taylor, Suite 1060 Unit #223, Amarillo, TX 79101–2445, 806–331–6936