Fort Worth, Texas - Donald William Sutton passed away peacefully Sunday afternoon, May 2. He was 81. Born in Fort Worth, Don was the son of William James and Eleanor Sutton and graduated from Arlington Heights High School. Don loved learning and travel and combined them in his college years as he studied at SMU where he was a faithful member of Alpha Tau Omega. Soon the travel bug hit and he studied at King’s College, Cambridge, the University of Vienna and University of Bosporus, Istanbul. He returned to SMU to graduate in 1963. His first job was at Vick Chemical Company where he traveled across the country. Don loved history and served as President of the Tarrant County Historical Society. He also loved his church, Holy Family Catholic Church, and served as President of the Men’s Club and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He married Frances Hackney Nash in 1981, together they traveled the world in summers while Don taught American history at Meadowbrook Middle School. He even taught two of his young cousins and fascinated them with stories of growing up during the depression and experiencing the world through travel. Don was artistic and once painted a picture to fill a certain place in his home in the afternoon before a party that night. He also created a 7foot Egyptian sarcophagus one summer while recuperating from a life-threatening car wreck in Sweden. He kept in touch with high school friends, fraternity brothers and traveling roommates throughout his life. His old cell phone was his life-line during the Covid-19 quarantine as he talked to friends from across the country. Don is survived by cousins and their families, Taddie Hamilton of Fort Worth, George Curl of Azle, Frank Curl of Brazoria, Frank McKee of Greenville, Susan McKee of Plano, and Virginia McKee Davis of Wimberley; and many friends across the country. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Monday, June 7, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 6150 Pershing Avenue. His cremated remains will be placed with those of his beloved wife, Frances, the McCart-Hackney family plot in Oakwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, consideration of contributions to the Men’s Club or the Knights of Columbus at Holy Family Catholic Church or to Southern Methodist University, in his memory, are suggested.
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