LT. COL. DONALD RAYE WHITE, RET.
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Lt. Col. Donald Raye White, Ret., of San Antonio, died of cancer at his home on Dec. 31. He was 75. He is survived by his wife Margaret Peters White, MD, his children Allan White of Madison, Wisconsin and Nancy Bagwell of Fayette, Alabama, 4 grandchildren, and his brother Phil Gramm, former US Senator from Texas.
Lt. Col. White was commissioned into the US Army upon graduation from North Georgia College. He received a Master's Degree from Texas A&M University. During his 30 years of service in the US Army, he served in Liberia, Korea, Okinawa, and Viet Nam, and earned many honors, including two Bronze Stars in Viet Nam and the Legion of Merit.
"Remarkably, Don was born an adult. He never got into trouble, he never broke his glasses, and by the time he was 12, our mother had turned all responsibilities for our household over to him while she worked double shifts as a practical nurse," said former Senator Phil Gramm. "He kept the books, wrote the checks, signed my report cards, bought the groceries and did all the cooking. He was more of a role model and a father figure than a brother. He was the first person in the history of our family to graduate from high school and the first to graduate from college." Gramm said his brother's support and advice had been instrumental in much of his own success.
Don was an honorable man who lived every day with integrity. His desire was always to do his duty to God, country, and those he loved. He had a gift for storytelling based on his experiences in life. Often the stories had an unexpected humorous twist that brightened the lives of those around him. Those who knew him and loved him will not soon forget him.
Don and Margie White are members of the University United Methodist Church in San Antonio, which was an important part of Don's life.
The family will receive friends beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday January 3rd at University United Methodist Church. Services will be held on Thursday, January 3rd, at the University United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. Graveside service with Full Military Honors will be held on Friday, January 4th at 12:30 p.m.at Fort Sam Houston. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Mentor Program of San Antonio (www.wwmentorSA.com).
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Published in Express-News from Jan. 2 to Jan. 3, 2013