Donald David Decker
Donald David Decker, 87, of Wichita Falls passed away peacefully on Monday, January 25, 2016 at House of Hope after a lengthy fight with Alzheimer’s disease.
A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, January 28, 2016 in the Chapel of Owens and Brumley Funeral Home with Rev. Harvey McMurry officiating.
Arrangements are under the direction of Owens and Brumley Funeral Home of Wichita Falls.
Don was born on August 14, 1928 in Munday, Texas to the late Frank and Alma (Swift) Decker. . Soon after his family moved to Childress, Texas where he graduated from high school in 1945 and then attended Texas A&M University, graduating with a bachelor degree in Agronomy and a Master of Education degree.
Upon graduation he married Donna Horn and joined the Texas Agricultural Extension Service as a County Agent in Brownwood. They had three children, David and twins Daniel and Douglas. They subsequently moved to Belton where Don became the Bell county agent for approximately 20 years and was recognized as outstanding county agent before moving to the same position in Wichita County, Wichita Falls, TX. Don was presented with the district award in 1983.
In 1978 he married Dee James and moved to Iowa Park. He retired from the extension service in 1983 and worked for the First National Bank of Iowa Park for the next 10 years.
Don was a member of the Iowa Park Rotary Club and served on the Iowa Park City council and Iowa Park ISD School Board. He was an avid cyclist and rode in the Hotter’n Hell Hundred from its inception until his health no longer permitted him to do so. He was proud of riding the 100 miles in under four hours while he was in his 70’s. His most enjoyable hobby in later life was raising sheep and goats. He was also proud of being a torch carrier for the 1996 Olympics. Don was one of the initiators and organizers of the Wichita Falls Senior Olympics.
Don was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Genevieve White. He is survived by his wife, Dee Decker, his sons, David, Dan and Doug and his stepchildren whom he raised and loved, Scott James and Julie (James) Goodwin, grandchildren Abigail James, Alexandria Goodwin, David Keith Decker and wife Jennifer, Alesha Newby and husband Gary, Tara Mercado (Martin), and Tasha Decker and four great grandchildren.
The family wishes to express appreciation for the excellent care given to Don by Hospice of Wichita Falls, House of Hope and Sterling House employees.
The family suggests that memorials be made to House of Hope, 5100 Stone Lake Drive, Wichita Falls, TX 76310, Alzheimer’s Association, 901 Indiana, 350, Wichita Falls, TX 76310, Hospice of Wichita Falls, 4909 Johnson Road, Wichita Falls, TX 76310 and the Iowa Park Friendly Door.