Don William Jett
1936 - 2020
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Don William Jett

Knoxville - Don William Jett passed away suddenly on September 24, 2020. Born August 10, 1936 to A. John and Rosa LaRue Jett. He attended Greenhill Elementary and Halls Elementary. Graduated from Halls High, class of 1954. He received a BS in Business Administration in 1959 from UT. MS in Library Science in 1963 from Florida State Univ. Don was employed at UTK Library from 1954-1993. Primarily served as branch librarian in the UTK Science/Engineering Library and Agri-Vet Med Library. In 1968 he served as a short-term consultant for USAID in Bangalore, India. Don was a member of the Air National Guard 1958-1966. He was called to active duty in Ramstein, Germany during the Berlin Crisis of 1961-1962. After retirement, he enjoyed NASCAR (esp. Daytona), travel (esp. Alaska), UT sports, coin collecting and genealogy. Don is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara Breeden Jett, sister Lorene (Wayland) Seymour, Tampa FL, children - Donna (Tom) Bartkiewicz, Warrenton VA, Mark (Donna) Jett, Powell, granddaughters, Sarah Jett of Powell and Hannah Bartkiewicz of Norfolk VA; brother-in-law Gene (Judy) Breeden of Powell and sister-in-law Kathy Breeden of Halls. He is preceded in death by son David 'Randy' Jett. Memorials may be made to your favorite charity. Don's favorite charities - Cerebral Palsy Center (241 E Woodland Ave, Knoxville) and University of Tennessee - Special Collections. Friends may call at their convenience on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, between 9:00am and 5:00pm at Mynatt Funeral Home Halls Chapel. Online condolences may be expressed at

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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from Sep. 26 to Sep. 28, 2020.
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September 29, 2020
My Prayers go out to the Jett family in this time of grievance , Don and I spent many years each Saturday talking at the bowling alley where he and his wife supported their son Randy’s love for bowling , My Prayers go out for his wife Barbara
Michael Weaver
September 28, 2020
Sending special prayers for your family .
Pam Ellison
September 27, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. My prayers are with you. Tom spoke often of Don and their work together in UT Science & Engineering Library.
Norma Rogero (widow of Tom Rogero)
September 27, 2020
Don was a member of Knoxville Track Club and I enjoyed competing with Don. I also worked with Don on occasion at the library on some research projects. Blessed to have known him.
Jerry Thress
September 26, 2020
Don was a fine man in all respects. He dearly loved his wife Barbara and his children Donna, Mark, and Randy, and his grandchildren Sarah and Hanna. He and Barbara spent a lifetime caring for their son Randy. Don especially loved camping with this family. As everyone who knew him remembers he was an avid NASCAR racing fan. He especially enjoyed the races at Daytona. Usually when there he took the opportunity to spend time with his sister, Lorene Seymour. He was a great friend and an excellent brother-in-law. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Wayland Seymour
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