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Donald G. "Jerry" Calhoun, age 86, passed away at his home in Dallas, Texas on December 26, 2013, surrounded by his family. Jerry is survived by his devoted wife, Alma Howard Calhoun whom he adored and married two years ago. He is also survived by son Michael, daughter Anne and her husband Mike Duffy, son Bruce and his wife Debbi, daughter Kathleen, son Wayne and daughter-in-law Maria Hagadus, parents of granddaughters Carolyn and Elizabeth Calhoun. Upon his marriage to Alma, Jerry felt fortunate to add step-daughter Gina and her husband Doug Yarbrough, step-son Larry Howard and his wife Lynne, step-daughter Sharon and her husband Milton Hillgartner, step- grandchildren Lisa Alvarez, Laura and her husband Dan Zumpfe, Megan Hillgartner, Kaity Hillgartner, Keri Howard, Jessica Howard, Christopher Howard, and step- great granddaughter Bailie Alvarez to his family.
He was born on October 13, 1927 in Omaha, Nebraska. Jerry moved with his family to San Antonio, Texas in 1931. He graduated from Brackenridge High School where he met his future wife, Jean Carolyn "Carrie" Beuret. Carrie preceded Jerry in death after 62 wonderful years of marriage.
Jerry left college to serve in the U.S. Navy's Medical Corp during World War II. After the war, Jerry returned to the University of Texas at Austin, graduating with honors. He continued his military service in the U.S. Army Reserve. He joined his family's farm equipment business after graduation and worked there for over 25 years. After the business was sold, he worked in real estate sales and management for over 20 years. Following his retirement, he was an active volunteer at the Institute of Texan Culture and the San Antonio Zoo. In 2007, Jerry and Carrie moved to Dallas so they could be closer to their children and grandchildren. Jerry continued his volunteer service at the Dallas Arboretum. Jerry loved his family, his country, Civil War and Scottish history, and was an avid UT football fan.
The family would like to thank Irma Aceves, Joyce Brown, Mary Wambuga and the staff of VITAS Hospice for taking such loving care of Jerry and supporting the family. A private honor guard and bag pipe service will be held at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate any memorial donations be made to the
Published in Express-News on Jan. 8, 2014