Donald E. Claxton,|
(May 14, 1938 -
July 14, 2014)
Longtime Lafayette resident Donald E. Claxton, 76, a devoted husband, father and grandfather, passed away Monday, July 14, 2014 at his home with his wife and family at his side.
A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, July 18, 2014 at 11:00 am at Fountain Memorial Funeral Home in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Visitation will be observed Thursday, July 17, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm, resuming Friday, July 18, 2014 at 9:00 am, and continuing until the time of services at Fountain Memorial Funeral Home in Lafayette.
A rosary will be recited on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 7:00 pm, by Winnie Duhe, in Fountain Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment will follow in Fountain Memorial Cemetery in Lafayette.
The Very Reverend John Bedingfield, Rector of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Lafayette, will officiate.
On May 14, 1938, in the oilfield boomtown of Paradise, Oklahoma, Don was born to E.O. and Vera Claxton. A mischievous young boy, his rough and tumble nature was well known. He graduated from Lone Grove High School. While he wanted to study agriculture, his Dad encouraged him to become a petroleum engineer.
He graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1962 and moved to Lafayette to begin work for the California Company. His good friends introduced him to Betty Monteleone, with whom he recently celebrated fifty years of marriage.
When Don joined Drilling Well Control, a working friendship developed with Al Bellaire and Skip Kimball, which later turned into a business partnership, Petroleum Engineers, Inc. (PEI). Don, Al and Skip made PEI one of the most trusted, reliable petroleum engineering firms in the industry. Betty was always at Don's side to meet new clients. They were well known for having a great time and for being people others could count on.
While expanding PEI's reputation in Louisiana, the Gulf Coast and then into international markets through partnerships with drilling companies, Don always placed his family first and helped those in need. He volunteered his time and efforts to help children, most notably the Boy Scouts of America, who awarded him the Order of the Silver Beaver.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Betty; two daughters, Elizabeth Claxton Erickson and her husband, Noah of West Monroe, LA and Wendy Claxton Begneaud and her husband, Marc of Lafayette, LA; his son, Donald John Claxton and his wife, Shauna of Maurice, LA; four grandchildren, Beau, Nicholas and Luc Begneaud and Evelyn Claxton; and his brother, Gary Claxton and his wife, Patti of Wilson, OK.
He was preceded in death by his parents, E.O. and Vera Claxton, his eldest son, Donald E. Claxton, Jr. and his sister, Leta Claxton Croskell.
Pallbearers will be Gary Claxton, Donald Claxton, Noah Erickson, Marc Begneaud, David Burns, John Judice, Al Bellaire and Benny Landry.
Honorary pallbearers will be Skip Kimball, Phil Ahneman, and Jimmy King, Sr.
The family would like to thank Dr. Ken McCarron and Hospice of Acadiana, especially Iggy Landry for their compassionate care of Don and tremendous support to the family. They would also like to express gratitude to his devoted caregivers, Audrey Lewis, Liz Lindon and Martha Espree.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Don's name to Hospice of Acadiana, 2600 Johnston Street, #200, Lafayette, LA 70503, 337-232-1234; www.hospiceacadiana.com/donations or to the Boy Scouts of America, Evangeline Area Council, 2266 S. College Rd., Suite E, Lafayette, LA 70508.
Online obituary and guest book may be viewed at www.fountainmemorialfuneralhome.com.
Fountain Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery of Lafayette, 1010 Pandora St., (337) 981-7098 is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Houston Chronicle on July 18, 2014