Photos and Slideshow

Here is the slideshow from Martha’s speech. To watch it in full screen, click the button on the far bottom right of the video window (looks like a square). You may also download it here: Martha’s speech



Link to see the photos that were playing on the slideshow at the memorial:


Link to photos taken at the memorial:
memorial pics


You can download photos from the flickr site by clicking on the photo to enlarge it, clicking the “…” button on the lower right corner, clicking “view all sizes”, and then clicking “download the large size of this photo”. Please comment if you have any issues.



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RSVPs for Celebration

We have reached our maximum capacity on dinner space of 100 people. Anyone that did not RSVP prior to August 7th cannot be guaranteed a chair at a table or food unless we have “no shows” due to unforeseen events.

However, feel free to come and take your chances and/or see the program on Don at least which will probably start about 6:45. There will be plenty of time to visit with attendees after the program.

I apologize for any inconvenience.

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Update on Farewell Celebration



Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 5pm – Dinner will be served at 6pm.

10900 Hibbs Lane
Manor, TX 78653

Click here for downloadable directions.


**Please RSVP in the comment section below as soon as possible**


Hotel options for out of town guests:

La Quinta Inn Austin North
7622 I-35 North
Austin, TX 78752
Rates from $79/night
Country Inn and Suites
7400 I-35 North
Austin, TX 78752
Rates from $79/night
The following hotels are located closer to Martha’s house in Cedar Park if you plan to visit beyond the celebration.
Extended Stay America NW Lakeline
13858 N U.S. Highway 183
Austin, TX 78750
Rates from $70/night
Comfort Suites NW Lakeline
13681 N. US Hwy 183
Austin, TX 78750
Rates from $76/night


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Farewell Celebration

Colorado, 1993

Don’s farewell celebration is planned for Saturday, August 10, 2013. The location is still to be determined. Check back for updates as it gets closer!

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to one of the following organizations:

  • Buckner (the organization that ran the orphanage he attended), 600 North Pearl St., Ste 2000 Dallas, Texas 75201
  • The National Rifle Association
  • A conservative or Libertarian political organization
  • Any scholarship fund – Don was a big believer in education

Please take a moment to comment on the memory book page at the top right.

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Ode to Don

Don didn’t like funerals so this won’t be a sermon or tear-fest, better reserve the date or you may have regret!  It will be a celebration of a life well-lived and ending too soon at 72 years.  We will share food and beer, tell stories of Don, and when it is over we will laugh through our tears.  By all means, wear your jeans (or other casual dress), your tennies and a hat because Don would like that!  He liked the outdoors, so we will meet at a hill country spot.  Don’t worry, we will have a/c and won’t be too hot!  We will watch the sun set, say our farewells, and promise to meet again in God’s heavenly site, reserved for good ol’ country boys and girls who did what was right.

Don’s family from Cedar Park, Dale and Duncanville, Texas, and sister from Tennessee will be there to meet.  Also, Martha’s family from the Austin area, Houston, Dallas, and Wisconsin will be there to greet!  You see, Don was loved by so many from near and far, and he won’t be forgotten not even when apart.

Don liked to rhyme and was better at it than I, but I think he is smiling at me for giving it a try.

- Martha Elvey

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