Donald Ray Louis, 73 of Denton passed away on Friday, December 7, 2012 in Denton. He was born August 3, 1939 in Newton, Kansas to Wilbur Orville and Roberta Jean (Williams) Louis.“Don” as he was known by family, colleagues, and friends was a highly educated man.He received his bachelor’s degree from Emporia State University in 1962, received his master’s degree from West Texas State University in 1976, and his doctorate from North Texas State University in 1984.
Don was a grass roots, “salt-of-the earth” man.His early adult years were spent in Texas around the Plainview farm community.He was an agriculture supply salesman and well-known by the farmers of Hale County.While in Plainview, he spent time with his sons teaching them how to hunt, and sharing their love of riding motorcycles.
Don moved to Fort Worth and later to Denton in the 1980’s. He worked at the University of North Texas where he used his education to become a successful grant writer for university research and to secure funding for various entities.He had a passion for helping the less fortunate, disabled, and needy.He is well-remembered for being a tireless supporter of many needy organizations.Many groups and university colleagues have benefitted from his devotion to securing funding through his grant proposals.
In the last several years, he followed his passion for learning the history of Tombstone, Arizona.He was fascinated by the culture of the West – particularly mining towns, cattle ranching, and farming.He had made many efforts to help various organizations in Tombstone secure funding for historic preservation.
Dr. Louis is survived by four sons:Mitch Louis and wife Sherrye of Elk City, OK, Terry Don Louis and wife Sandra Jo of Denver City, Mike Louis and wife Mary of Denver City, Mark Louis and wife Sue of Irving, a sister Carol Kutz of Eldorado, KS, nieces Darcy McCoy and family of Eldorado KS, Cindy Neely and family of Overland Park, KS, grandchildren Courtney, Allan, Jennifer, Garrett, Taylor, Zane, Ashlye, Blaine, and ten great grandchildren.Don is also survived by two former spouses, Rita Louis of Elk City, OK and Bette Stoelzing of Houston, TX
A funeral service will be held at 10 A.M. on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church 300 W. Oak St. in Denton, with Rev. Steve Plunkett, officiating.Mulkey-Mason, Jack Schmitz and Son Funeral Home arrangements.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.On line condolences may be left at www.mulkeymasondenton.com