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Dr. Don Hartsfield, 76, joined his Heavenly Father early morning on August 1st, 2023.
Don was born in the small town of Ranger, Texas and was primarily brought up by his grandmother, Ethel Johnson. Don was raised with his 3 older sisters an... Read More
Dr. Don Hartsfield, 76, joined his Heavenly Father early morning on August 1st, 2023.
Don was born in the small town of Ranger, Texas and was primarily brought up by his grandmother, Ethel Johnson. Don was raised with his 3 older sisters and his younger brother.
After graduating from Ranger High School, he attended Texas Tech and graduated with a degree in chemical engineering. Shortly after, he was drafted in to the Army during the Vietnam Era. He ended up enlisting into the Army a second time, 4 years later, where he went on to get a doctorate in dental science, which began his true calling and lifelong career.
He would frequently go on mission trips with his church, traveling around the world and providing free dental work to people that were not able to afford it.
Along with traveling, he truly enjoyed being outdoors - golfing, skiing, skydiving, yard work, or just sitting in a chair in the sun with his dogs and cats. Hiking was one of his favorites and Big Bend National Park was his home away from home as he'd vacation there with friends and family multiple times a year.
Don never met a person that he considered a stranger. He always made people laugh and had a contagious smile. At the end of a conversation, it would more than likely finish with him saying a prayer.
First and foremost, he was a strong follower of Jesus Christ and was never ashamed to share his faith. Even with the time he spent in the hospital, he would be praying for the nurses, doctors, and even the chaplains. He continued to influence and touch lives until his last day.
He was a proud American patriot and loved this country dearly. He always had an American flag flying outside his home along with wearing anything patriotic or camouflage. You could guarantee that every 4th of July he would be listening to Lee Greenwood's "Proud to be an American" and would send the music video to his family and friends as a reminder as to why we celebrate that holiday.
He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Dorothy Hartsfield; two daughters, Lisa Hartsfield and Lori Hartsfield-Hunt; sons in law, Ryan Hunt and Tony Palesano; two stepsons and their spouses, Dr. Chris and Joy Estepp; Michael and Mandy Estepp; along with 2 of his sisters, Betty Lincoln and Mary Railston. Lastly, he is survived by his greatest joys, his 11 grandchildren - Cooper, Madison, Ty, Rylan, Andrew, Fischer, Lillian, Laylan, Ash, Juanito, and Monica (Jazz)
Don joins the following in Heaven: His mother, Lillian Hartsfield; brother, Dr. Dowell Hartsfield; sister, Patricia Bohler; and brothers in law, Bobby Bohler, Mike Railston, and Joe Lincoln.
As Don is a veteran, there will be a military service at the Central Texas State Veteran Cemetery in Killeen on Tuesday, August 8th at 10:00 am. There will also be a celebration of life held on Saturday, August 12th at 11:00 am at Family Worship Center in Elgin. Lunch will be provided following the celebration.
~ 2 Timothy 4:7 - I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. ~
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