Donald Truitt Singleton Obituary – Austin American-Statesman

A service in celebration of Don’s life will be held at 2:00 Sunday afternoon, September 11at University United Methodist Church, 2409 Guadalupe St, Austin.

Donald Truitt Singleton was born September 6, 1933, to Mr. and Mrs. Neill Singleton of Amarillo. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Betsy Pettyjohn Singleton, daughters Donna Gail Singleton and Jerra Lynn Adams, sons-in-law Kevin Walker and Joe Adams, his grandson Ted Richard and wife, Jana, and three great-grandchildren: Michael, James, and Eulyssa Richard, nieces Carolyn Singleton and Debbie Lief, nephews Dick Abrahamson and Mike Singleton. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Ted and Neill, his sister Betty, son, Greg and granddaughter, Aspen.

Don was graduated from Baylor University with a degree in business after which he was drafted into the army. While stationed in Germany he and Betsy were married and enjoyed traveling Europe during “leave times.” He served for thirty years as business manager for First Presbyterian Church, Amarillo. Besides managing the finances, supervising the staff and the building, he provided additional services, such as rigging a plow to his Jeep for clearing the parking lots when it snowed and providing a listening ear for many a church member. His office was such a popular place for church members to stop by that a friend painted a sign to post on his door when he was counting money: “Please don’t come in unless you just have to.” Most thought that they “just had to.” When he couldn’t get his work done during the week and went to the office on quiet Saturday mornings, he often was still found by a member wanting to visit.

Don enjoyed a life-long love of music, beginning with his junior high school choir. He nurtured that passion singing and touring with the Baylor Bards, and as a faithful church choir member for many years. Later in life, his family found joy in listening to him quietly but accurately hum the bass line to many church choir performances.

He was an avid “Jeeper,” occasionally demonstrating to his white-knuckled passengers that “a Jeep can go anywhere.” To the surprise of their parents, he and his brother, Ted, bought their first Jeep, a CJ3A, when they were sixteen and fourteen years old with their paper route savings. They embarked on a month-long camping trip through the western United States and Canada, beginning a lifetime of adventure: Jeep races with Amarillo’s Tejano Jeep Club and Jeeps Exclusive at sites around Texas and twenty-three years exploring every valley and mountaintop of Colorado with the Denver Jeep Club. During his later years when his memory declined, he still remembered the price of that first Jeep, $1452.60.

Don spent his retirement years in San Marcos, located in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. He and Betsy enjoyed their birding hobby and, along with friends, family, children, and children’s friends, sharing their Colorado cabin, a family retreat since he was nine years old. He was a devoted member of University United Methodist Church, Austin, and an active participant of the Hays County Democratic Party.

Don’s theological conviction was that if you go to church, say your prayers, and are nice to people you’ll go to Colorado when you die!

His family wishes to thank the Christus Santa Rosa Hospice, San Marcos, for their loving and competent care during the final weeks of Don’s life.

Among the organizations he appreciated and supported: Opportunity School, c/o First Presbyterian Church, 1100 S. Harrison, Amarillo, TX 79101; University United Methodist Church-Racial Justice Task Force, 2409 Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78705; Hays County Democratic Party, PO Box 204, San Marcos, TX 78666.
Posted online on September 01, 2022
Published in Austin American Statesman


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