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Donald R. "Don" Crisp


1934 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
On the morning of May 30, 2013, Don passed away peacefully of an extended illness. Don was comforted by family members at Sierra Vista Hospital in Truth or Consequences, NM at the time of his passing. Don was born in Lawton, Oklahoma on August 2, 1934. He was the son of to R.D. and Ruby Crisp.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Crisp of 52 years; two sons, Johnny (Teresa) Crisp and Donnie (Robin) Crisp, both of Montana; grandchildren – Dallas, Shelby, Justin Crisp and Rosemary Chavez; children of Johnny. Also, two great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, R.D. and Ruby Crisp, his sister, Doris Turnbow and brother-in-law, Billy Joe Rutter of Logan.
Being that Don was an avid fisherman, Don and his wife, were the owner and operators of the Minnow Ranch at Ute Lake in Logan, NM. Don often referred to he and Shirley as 'Gypsies' "Every time they got a wild hair, they would move." They moved a total of 39 times! After leaving Logan in 1983, he and Shirley moved to Truth or Consequences and owned and operated two different Art and Frame Shops, Paint and Palette Art and Picture Perfect. In 2005, Don and Shirley retired and moved to Montana where both boys lived. He enjoyed living close to his boys but the weather was just too much. He lasted six years in Montana before returning to Truth or consequences in 2011.
Although they moved all over the United States, Don was well grounded in his faith. Don made the most important decision of his life in 1977; he accepted Christ as his Savior in Logan, NM. As a servant for the Lord, he taught Sunday School Class and was a Deacon in the Baptist Church. He loved everyone and everyone loved him.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 3 at the First Baptist Church in Truth or Consequences at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Dudley Bristow officiating. Casket Bearers are Dallas Crisp, Emery Gary, Tim Haver, Mickey Montgomery, Ronnie Orr and Phil Woolford with Tim Cox and Allen Gillespie as alternates. Honorary Casket Bearers will be all his friends and family who knew and loved Don. Final Resting place will be at the Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery in Tucumcari, NM. Arrangements are by Kirikos Family Funeral Home, Inc., 303 N. Cedar, (T-or-C, NM) For online condolences, please visit www.kirikosfamilyfuneralhome.com
Published in the Quay County Sun on June 5, 2013
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