Donald Leete Mayse

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Donald (Don) was born in Tulare, California in the spring of 1947 where he lived until his late teens. He then moved with his family to Columbia, Missouri where he lived an outstanding life filled with music, friendship, family, business, and outdoorsmanship. He fought a hard battle with cancer and his fight gave him extra years that he cherished. Don's battle ended on Friday, December 11th, 2015 in the early morning in his home in Columbia, Missouri. Family was at his side, and cattle were in the pasture just outside his window.
Don was loved by his parents Joe and Anna Pauline (Paula) Mayse. He had no siblings. Don was married to his adoring wife Marylou (Turner) Mayse in June of 1969. They built an outstanding life together and had one child, a son, Brian, in winter of 1973. Brian and his wife Jennifer (Purvis) Mayse established their home in Ashland, Missouri and gave Don two grandchildren Makenna and Colten Mayse.
Don attended high school in Yucaipa, California and later graduated with a Masters degree in agriculture from the University of Missouri in Columbia. It was at M.U. where he met Marylou. He wooed her with dance and song. Apparently she fell for it. The two of them started their lives in a small yellow house just south of Columbia. They bounced around, moving three times all around the Columbia area, and finally settled in a two story home in southern Boone County. Don was a health inspector for a while. It was in this position, that he met great people who would soon become lifetime friends. They influenced his life greatly. Don's business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit led them to many business adventures. Don and Marylou started in real estate and later opened a very small gun shop on what used to be Tandy Ave. Don was then introduced to a business concept that was unfamiliar to him by a dear friend. Don soon discovered his love of the Pawn Store. Over the course of nearly 40 years Don and Marylou would build five stores all located in Missouri. He operated them with love and compassion for the communities they served. In 1992 Don reignited his childhood love of agriculture and established a small beef cattle and hay operation on an 80 acre tract surrounding their southern Boone County home. That little farm grew into what is now Sho-Me Farms, a venture encompassing beef, pork, chickens, hay, row crops, packaged foods, and more. Don wanted his products to be unique and be the best available. I'm confident that his customers would agree he succeeded. Over the years there were several business ventures in the mix. Columbia Scuba Center, Squeaky B's Carwash, Route B Motors, Silver Key Realty, Powderhorn Gun Shop, Evolved Archery and others. Don loved business and all of the employees that made them run. To his staff: he was eternally grateful for all of your great contributions.
Don had many great loves outside of business. He lived for fishing and hunting trips both near and far. Every spring you could count on finding him in the turkey woods scratching on an old Latham call. Fall was reserved for pursuing mighty elk. He and his buddies learned repeatedly that elk, despite their size, are extremely elusive. Somehow however he seemed to nearly always find success. Crisp mornings in the trout stream were cherished, but his favorite times spent were at Macon. Oak and hickory hardwoods surrounded a small but comfortable cabin that he built with friends and family. Children grew up there and learned life's lessons. Ground was broken and crops were raised. Once in a while a whitetail buck would meet his ethical end, but far more were observed and admired than ever harvested.
Don was preceded by his father Joe in 1985, and his life's love, Marylou, in 2012.
Don is survived by his loving mother Paula, his son Brian, his daughter-in-law Jennifer, granddaughter MaKenna, grandson Colten, Marylou's sister Kay Adams, Marylou's mother Susan Turner, and very dear friend Mary Lyon.
Don had thousands of wonderful friends whom he adored. However, Mike Sanford, Charlie Hargrove, Mary Lyon and their families were especially dear to him. May peace find them in the days and weeks ahead.
Services will be held at Memorial Funeral home in Columbia Missouri.
1217 Business Loop 70 west, Columbia, MO, 65202. 573-443 – 3173.
Visitation will be from 6–9 p.m. on Friday December 18th, 2015
Funeral service will be at 2:00 pm on Saturday December 19th, 2015
Memorial has an online guest book on their website , if you can please share your memories.
To benefit young people interested in agriculture, make checks payable to The Don and Marylou Mayse scholarship fund is being established, 1217 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia, MO 65202. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution.
Published in Boonville Daily News from Dec. 16 to Dec. 23, 2015
Donald Mayse
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1217 BUSINESS LOOP 70 W | Columbia, MO 65202 | (573) 443-3173
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