Don referred to himself as a Yellow Dog Democrat from the Commonwealth of Texas County, but was known to family and friends as “Ducky.” He graduated with the class of 1970 from Houston High School, having served as student body president and was crowned Pineymo king. After graduation from business college in Springfield, Missouri, he returned to Texas County and was employed at the Bank of Raymondville. While living there, he served two terms as mayor. He purchased Raymondville Grocery and was a business owner for a short time. In 1978, he won his first election for Texas County clerk/election official and served in that position for 36 years, longer than any official in county history. He was completing his tenth term in the position that involved the administration of elections and various budget and accounting functions.
Don loved his job and serving Texas County residents. Many a call was received across the state from “Dammit Don of the Commonwealth of Texas County.” Don had a great love for Texas County and served in many positions over the years. He was the secretary/treasurer of the Houston Rural Fire Association board, as well as a city and rural fireman. He was involved in the construction of the current rural fire department building. He was instrumental in forming the Texas County Museum and also in Texas County Justice Center becoming a reality. He was also involved in the exterior and interior renovations to the existing courthouse.
He served on many boards and committees in Texas County and the State of Missouri. He was active in the Missouri Association of Counties, often offering assistance on election administration. He currently was the organization’s chairman of its trust board and treasurer of Central Baptist Cemetery. He was a member of Central Baptist Church.
Don was preceded in death by his father, Roy, and his sister, Mary Hedspeth.
He is survived by his mother, Norma, and a twin brother, Ron and Linda, all of Houston, and a brother-in-law, David Hedspeth of Van Buren, Missouri. Other survivors include nephews Tyson Troutman and Stephanie of Houston, Curtis Hedspeth and Samantha of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and Cameron Hedspeth and Kayla of Poplar Bluff, Missouri; nieces Cecile Morelan of Poplar Bluff and Tanya Miller and Donnie of West Plains, Missouri; and other family members and friends, including four special ones, Tammy Cantrell, Melissa Dunn, Deanna Smith and Rose Ward.
He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, researching family history, flower gardening, NASCAR and following his favorite racers, Tyson and Donnie, as well as spoiling his two puppies, Sparky and Foxy 2.
Services were 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at First Baptist Church in Houston with Rev. Ed Hamilton officiating under the direction of Evans Funeral Home, Houston.
Pallbearers were Tyson Troutman, Donnie Miller, David Hedspeth, Dylan Williams,
Darrell Vandivort, Gerald Ross, Lennie Clayton and Terry Long.
A private family burial is planned at Central Baptist Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Central Baptist Cemetery Fund.