Donald Cecil Dutton Sr., affectionately known as “Don/Donny/Pap," passed away on August 24, 2023, in Temple, Texas. Born on October 1, 1949, in Lockhaven, PA, Don lived a life filled with love, adventure, and dedication to his family.
Don's journey was marked by resilience and hard work. He attended Bald Eagle Nittany High School in Mill Hall, PA. He became a proud father in 1968. He honorably enlisted in the United States Army while being stationed at Fort. Hood. Obtained Vietnam Service medal, W/1 Bronze service star; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, First Oak Leaf Cluster to Army Commendation Medal; Expert (Rifle); Vietnamese cross of Gallantry w/Palm due to his deployment 17 oct 1970 - 19 oct 1971, He met the love of his life, Carol Buxkemper and they married on December 2, 1972 and he gained two additional sons. Upon his return to his hometown of Pennsylvania he became a factory worker at Piper Aircraft. He then transitioned to working at a Paper Mill. In 1973 through the union of their marriage they had another son. 1974 they moved back to Texas In the Lone Star State, Don found his calling in the construction industry, where he excelled as a skilled blade operator.
While Don had an impressive career, his true joy came from telling stories and spending the precious moments with his family, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. His memories are adorned with laughter, love, and cherished bonds that will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew him.
Don had an adventurous spirit and a deep appreciation for the great outdoors. He embraced every opportunity to immerse himself in nature's beauty. Whether it was camping under the stars or fishing in freshwater streams, Don found solace and contentment in these simple pleasures; canoeing, hunting, brought him both excitement and a connection to his primal instincts. Don also had a keen eye for treasure; collecting arrowheads and coins allowed him to indulge his passion for history.
Cooking was another of Don's passions. He delighted in creating delicious meals that brought joy to his loved ones' lives. His chili and spaghetti were legendary among the family. His homemade salsa was made with love. He was proud of his large garden and shared its bounty generously with friends and family.
Don's larger-than-life personality endeared him to all who knew him. He was known for his spirited nature and undeniable presence. His family remembers him making breakfast on Saturday mornings while dancing and singing to the oldies. Being a sports enthusiast at heart, he could often be found cheering on his favorite teams. Don's loud and proud nature was infectious, bringing joy to those around him.
Don firmly believed in the potential of every child and their abilities. As a little league coach, and he played fast pitch softball as a pitcher. He inspired and guided young athletes, nurturing their self-confidence and instilling in them the values of teamwork and perseverance.
In 1972, Don met the love of his life, Carolyn Ann (Buxkemper) Dutton. Together, they blended their families and embarked on a journey that spanned over five decades. Their union was blessed with four sons: Donny Dutton Jr. (Lisa), Joel Dutton (Lori), Glenn Dutton (Jacque), Randy Dutton (Amy); two daughters: Mary Jane Heaton (Jim), Christina DeLancey (Eddie); and one sister: Judy Hoffman (Dave), Numerous nieces and nephews and life long friends. Don also leaves behind numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren who were the shining stars of his life.
Don's passing came as a result of his battle with cancer and a pre-existing heart condition. His strength, courage, and unwavering spirit throughout these trials serve as an inspiration to all who loved him.
Services to honor Don's life will take place starting with a visitation will be held at Young's Daughters Funeral Home & Bereavement Center in Temple, TX on Monday, August 28th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The funeral service will be held at the same location on Tuesday, August 29th at 10:00 AM with Fr. Jim Chamberlain officiating. Following the funeral service, Don will be laid to rest at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Lott, TX reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers please consider making a memorial donation to St. Matthews Catholic Church Po Box 69 Rogers, Texas 76569
A special thank you to the nurse Bri in ICU at BSW in Temple, the staff at Hillcrest, and the Nurses of BSW Hospice for their compassionate care.
Don touched the lives of many with his larger-than-life presence, kind heart, and unwavering belief in family. Though we mourn his loss deeply, we find solace in the memories we shared with him. His spirit will forever live on in our hearts, and his legacy of love, resilience, and dedication will continue to inspire us all.
Arrangements are under the direction of Sabrina Young at Young’s Daughters Funeral Home and Bereavement Center in Temple, Texas.