DONALD EDWARD ATKINS|
Donald Edward Atkins, 78, passed away in Harlingen, TX.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Ethel and Raymond Atkins; sisters, Dorothy Stanfield and Shirley Collins; brothers, James and Robert Atkins.
Mr. Atkins is survived by his daughter, Rise Morris; grandson, Michael Morris; and son-in-law, Martin Morris of McAllen, TX; sister, Caroline Stewart of Ross, Ohio.
Don was born in Taylortown, Pennsylvania and was raised there. He moved to Harlingen during his high school years, and graduated from Harlingen High School. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church. He attended Pan American College. He
served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He was retired, having spent his work life as a type-setter for the Valley Morning
Star, and later with the Houston Chronicle. He retired from the Chronicle in 1989 and returned to Harlingen, thinking he had not
much more time. He brought joy to his loved ones here in the Valley and surprised himself by outliving his expectations.
Don loved people and the feeling was mutual. He was dedicated to his friends and his friends were dedicated to him. He also loved reading, opera, watching football, his daughter Rise, his dog named Fish, and especially his grandson, Michael, with whom he spent many happy hours playing loud and raucous games of Monopoly, Uno, and Old Maid. Don was childlike, calm, considerate, and generous. He occupied only the space he needed and used only what he needed. He might have appeared quiet and introspective, but not with his friends and his opinions, which opinions could often be heard, and could often be seen in letters to the editor in the
Valley Morning Star. He took a lot of ribbing from friends about his lack of love for the Dallas Cowboys and his love of the Green Bay Packers, and the Houston football teams, an occupation which tends to build character, rather than bring joy. There will be a memorial gathering to remember Don at Funeraria Del Angel in Harlingen at 3:00 pm, Sunday, January 18, 2009 . Anyone wishing to remember Don with an offering is requested to donate to Kinky Friedman's Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch, 966 Echo Hill Road, Medina, Texas 78055, 830-589-7544, www.utopiarescue.com/donation.htm
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Funeraria Del Angel, Cemeteries, Mausoleums and a Dignity Memorial Provider, 2906 S. Expressway 77/83 Harlingen, TX 78550
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Published in The Monitor on Jan. 18, 2009