Donald E. McLaughlin
Donald Edward McLaughlin of Uvalde, Texas, passed away peacefully on July 3, 2018, in his home at the age of 85.
He was born on Sept. 10, 1932, in Taylor, Texas, to Mamie Starnes and Thomas McLaughlin.
Donald grew up in Taylor as one of the youngest of seven siblings. He attended Angelo State University and the University of Texas at Austin, where he played football and from which he was drafted into the U.S. Army to serve in the Korean War.
He later played professional football for the San Francisco 49ers. In the summer of 1957, Donald met Barbara Ann Neal, of Austin, Texas, and they were married just six days later, on July 9, 1957.
He enjoyed a career in coaching football at San Benito, and then Uvalde, Texas, where he learned the pipe business at Gensco Pipe Company, Joy Pipe, and Cherokee Pipe. In 2000, he started his own business, DKM Enterprises, LLC, with his son Donald.
He was a dedicated football fan and businessman. He enjoyed 51 years of marriage with his beloved “Bebe,” and he was very proud of the family they created. Known affectionately to many as “Senior,” “Big Don,” and likely his favorite, “Poppy,” Don will be greatly missed by his growing family and many friends, including all those at DKM Enterprises.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara, and six siblings, Francis McLaughlin, Brian McLaughlin, Joan Lane, Gene McLaughlin, Beverly Boedecker and Betty Mauer.
He is survived by his children and their spouses, Jan and Bart McLaughlin of Kerrville, Texas; Connie and Walter Tidwell of Uvalde, Texas; Karen and Donald McLaughlin Jr. of Uvalde, Texas; seven grandchildren, Steven McNew and his wife, Annabell; Barton McLaughlin and his wife, Helen; Maggie Wilborn and her husband, Bryan; Hunter McLaughlin; Wilkins McLaughlin and his wife, Hayley; Mac McLaughlin and Backor McLaughlin; and five great-grandchildren, Walter “Wally” Ames McNew, William Edward McLaughlin, Aileen “Ivy” Hemingway McLaughlin, Mary Ellen “Mae” McNew and Barbara Ann “Bebe” Wilborn.
There will be a prayer vigil and a rosary will be recited today at 7 p.m. at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church.
A memorial service will be held tomorrow at 4 p.m. at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church. The Rev. Mike Marsh will be officiating.
Honorary pallbearers include Carl Lee Hellums, PeeWee Torres, David Treviño Sr., Ray Lopez, Bill McWhorter, Louis Capt, Victor John Niemeyer, Kelly VanRoekel and Misti Schrutka.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be sent to St. Philip’s Episcopal Day School at 343 N. Getty St., Uvalde, TX 78801. You may specify a donation towards “Poppy’s Play Place.” This will be a Discovery Zone Sensory Play Yard and outdoor classroom for 3-K through kindergarten classes named in memory of Poppy.
Cremation was under the direction of Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary.
The preceding is a paid obituary.