Thomas Donald Reed Sr.

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July 24, 1933 - March 05, 2014

Thomas Donald Reed Sr. was born to Thomas Ervin Reed and Luna Catherine Seale Reed in Camp County, in the Holly Springs Community of East Texas. He was the only son and the youngest of nine children. Don attended Holly Springs elementary school and graduated from Pittsburg High School in the Class of 1950. He started attending the University of Texas in 1953 and stopped to serve in the US Army in August, 1955, in the DMZ Police Company, in Korea. In June of 1957, he received an Honorable Discharge from the Army and returned to the University of Texas to continue his studies. While at the University, he met Nancy Farrington from Wimberley, Texas, in the fall of 1957, and they were married Feb. 6, 1959. Together they were blessed with three children: Thomas Donald Reed Jr., John Stephen Reed, and Maridon Reed Grochowski.

After graduating in 1962 as an honor student from the University of Texas with degrees in Geology and Math, Don became employed in Tyler, Texas, as a Geophysicist for Pan American Oil Co., which later became Amoco Production Co. While with Amoco, the family was located in Tyler, Texas, Houston, Texas, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Denver, Colorado. After working with Amoco for seventeen years, Don decided to resign and start Geotrace Technologies, Inc., his own Seismic Services Company in Denver. The family continued to live in Denver for thirty years.

Through the years, Don was a committed Christian, always active in his church, serving as an ordained Deacon, an Adult Sunday School Teacher, and being involved many other ways. He and Nancy raised their children in the church. Outside of church, Don was a Mason, and he supported many organizations furthering the cause of Jesus Christ. Don was also active in his sons' sport activities as a winning little league baseball and football coach.

In 2002 Don and Nancy moved to Argyle, Texas. In 2004 he retired and sold Geotrace, which by then had branches in Denver, Dallas, Houston, England, and Norway. After moving to Argyle, they became members of Southmont Baptist Church, and later members of First United Methodist Church in Denton, where Don often taught in, and was President of, the Searchers Sunday School Class until he had to resign for health reasons. Finally, after a long struggle with chronic lung disease he went to be with Jesus on March 5th. Don was loved and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Don is survived by his wife, Nancy, sons Thomas Donald Reed Jr. and wife Angie, John Stephen Reed and wife Desiree and daughter Maridon and husband Jason Grochowski. Grandchildren, Austin Reed, Shelby McAdoo, Andrew Reed, and Whitney McAdoo, Tyler Reed and wife Abigail, Danielle Reed and Kimberlyn Reed, Alexandra Grochowski and Annaleise Grochowski, and Great Granddaughter Elyse Reed.

There will be a memorial service for Don at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 15th, at the First United Methodist Church, 201 S. Locust St. Denton, Texas, with a reception following, at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests you may make donations to: Salvation Army (; Wall Builders (; Union Gospel Mission (; Denver Rescue Mission (; Our Daily Bread (; or Denton Animal Shelter Foundation (

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