Donald Eugene “Don” Feuerborn, age 55, passed away peacefully at his home in Irving, Texas on June 24. He is the son of Marie Feuerborn and the late Fred Feuerborn. Don is survived by his sisters Katie (Yukon, OK) and Mary (Honolulu, HI); brothers Patrick (Dallas, TX); Mike and sister-in-law Linda (Hayes, KS); Tom and sister-in-law Debrau (Grapevine, TX); and step siblings Phyllis Rackley (Yukon, OK); Anita Johnston (El Reno, OK); Carmen and sister-in-law Betty Feuerborn (Mt. Royal NJ). He was preceded in death by his sister, Judy; brother, Bob; and step siblings John, Joanne, and Fred Feuerborn, Jr.
Don grew up in Yukon, enjoying the pleasures of small-town Oklahoma. Summers were special as Don would rise early to fish with his dad at Lake Hefner. Early on he became fascinated with black and white photography, and as a teenager constructed his own, in-home dark room. His love of 70s and 80s music often led him to drive for hours to attend concerts by his favorite artists, especially U2 with Don’s favorite front man, Bono and “The Edge”. He was a constant reader and chess player, Sudoku, and Rubric’s cube aficionado. In his 20s and 30s, Don was a weight lifter and regularly participated in 10-K races.
After graduating Yukon High School, Don attended Oklahoma State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Broadcasting and was later awarded a Master of Business Administration. He closely followed all things OSU “Cowboys,” frequently traveling to games. His college education prepared him for a successful career in radio broadcasting, initially assuming the KSPI DJ name, Don “Cullins,” and later interning at KATT in OKC as a sound technician and producer. His broadcasting talents and entrepreneurial spirit took him to in Denver, CO, where he honed his marketing skills. Later, he pursued his dream job in Dallas, TX, which allowed him to be closer to family in Texas and nearby Oklahoma.
Don loved to travel and document his experiences through photography. He reveled in the beauty of the Rocky Mountains where he hiked with his beloved Gold Retriever, P.D. Later he traveled to Italy, accompanied by his siblings, generously supplementing their air travel and hotel expenses. On one Christmas holiday trip to Europe, Don traveled to Paris, France and Rome where he attended midnight Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI.
Don was a loving son, brother, uncle and friend to all who knew him. He was ever present at birthdays, graduations, sporting events, and Sunday dinners, where his kind words, warm hugs, and sense of humor were truly appreciated by all. He was always generous with his time and talents, frequently offering to help family and friends with their home improvement projects. To his many nieces and nephews, “Uncle Don” always brought joy to their lives.
Don’s family thanks the staff of Parkland Medical System and Cedar Crest Assisted Living for their caring support of Don during the past few years. A heartfelt special thank you is due to Don’s neighbors, Rodney and Ronni, who were both friend and impromptu caretakers during Don’s last months.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in honor of Don’s life at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church in Yukon on Friday, July 15th at 10:30 a.m. He will be interred at the Yukon Cemetery. Memorial donations in Don’s name may be made to St. John Nepomuk Catholic School or Pets and People. Requiescat in Pace.