Donald Simpson
1951 - 2014
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Donald Raymond Simpson

SHREVEPORT LA- Donald "Donnie" Raymond Simpson went home to be with the Lord after 62 years of living a happy and love filled life.

Visitation will be held at Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home in Haughton, LA on Tuesday, July 14, 2014 from 5-8PM, Service will be at Hill Crest Memorial Chapel on Wednesday, July 15, 2014 at 2PM. Interment will follow at Haughton Cemetery.

Donnie was born September 21, 1951 and passed away on July 10, 2014. He was preceded in death by son, Jaime, father, Raymond, mother, Pearline, sister, Louise, brother, Dale. He leaves behind wife of 40 Years, Jane; son, Jordan; daughter, Sydney Posey (Jonathan); granddaughter, Rae; sister, Joyce Taylor (Dean); sister, Linda Johnson (Marshall).

Donnie was a well-respected high school athletics referee for more than 30 years and was an instrumental part of athletic organizations throughout the state. He loved being a part of various sports in the area.

He spent the last few years of his life as a land man in the oil and gas industry traveling to various parts of the south. Most recently, spending weeks in Odessa, TX where he worked researching and leasing land for large oil and gas companies.

Donnie's favorite job in life was being "Pops" to Rae. She brought more joy to him than any other activity in his life. He lived to be a part of her life, dedicating the majority of his time away from sports and oil work with "His Girl". Pops was a shining example of love to Rae and his presence in her life was more than just a grandfather.

Officiating, the service will be longtime colleague and friend, Rusty Gilbert. Pallbearers will be Gary Allen, Cleveland Bradfield, Keith Burton, Dave Madden, Mike Thibodeaux and Billy Wood. Honorary Pallbearers are Shreveport-Bossier Football High School Officials Trey Giglio, Rodney Palmer, Josh Richie, Darrell Storey, and Kyle Scripture.

The family would like to send their sincerest gratitude to the ICU Staff at Medical Center Hospital of Odessa, TX, and heir sincerest and deepest appreciation to Bill Bowdon of Bowdon Natural Resources for his incredible support.

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Published in Shreveport Times on Jul. 15, 2014.
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August 5, 2014
Jordon, We just found out about your father. I had only met him once but I have heard you talk about him a lot. May God surround you with Peace, comfort and understanding as to why he called him home so early. Praying for you, Sydney, and your mom. Please stay in touch, we love you !
Joe, Rhonda, James, & Joseph Williams
July 17, 2014
Donnie Simpson was a great man, official, and friend. I'm so sorry that I was out of town when he passed and didn't get to pay my last respects. Whether he was calling me for leads on a landman job, talking about playing golf, or recalling our last football or basketball game, I always laughed and smiled during the call (if you ever got off the phone). Truly a kind soul who will be missed by all who knew him. RIP 'The Ref"
Trey Pittman
July 17, 2014
I didn't know you long but I enjoyed working with you. You were a great teacher and mentor. To the family, I will keep you in my prayers. Remember nothing is lost when you know where it is. I just believe Donnie is in the presence of Jesus
Elder Willie Douglas III
July 17, 2014
Having officiated basketball with Donnie Simpson, I can recall referring many enjoyable games with him. He was always happy and smiling. There was never a dull moment when he was around. Heaven has gained a great man and we have lost a treasure. I pray you will remember every funny story and every hearty laugh, even through your sorrow.
Lorna Stringer Rawls
July 16, 2014
I will miss you my brother. I want the rest of your life to be in peace as you deserve. You were a fascinating guy and someone I'll think about often. I'll see you again one day!! Until then. Save me a good spot!! I love you and your family!! I'll be there for them all.
Billy Wood
July 16, 2014
So sorry for your loss, Sydney. In prayer for you and your family. Hugs.
Sandra Varnell
July 16, 2014
Donnie was a great man, official, and mentor to all who knew him. I was thankful to call football and baseball with Donnie. Thank you for your help. Donnie was a class act, and funny. He always had something to say that worth remembering either be a better official or to laugh while others where stressed around.
J. Patrick Wickham
July 15, 2014
Prayers of peace and comfort for the Simpson family and friends.
Melody Pachankis
July 15, 2014
To the family: Donnie always loved what he did. As an umpire you have to put up with a lot. I know when I was coaching and he worked many of my games,regardless of the outcome or if I thought he missed a call. After the game it was over and we always remained friends.
Donnie dropped by Bossier High a couple of weeks ago when school was out to visit. I was tying up some lose ends with our financial statement. Donnie pullednout his check book and wrote a check for $100 andmtold me to give it to my athletic program. This was them kind of man he was. When I became principal he was one of the first to congratulate me. A truly good man. I will miss ribbing him. Your Bearkat Family will miss you.
David Thrash Principal Bossier High School
David Thrash
July 15, 2014
Donnie called two of my basketball games as I am from Lafayette and know that he made an impression on me that he cared about doing the best he could and was truly a professional. So sorry to hear about his passing. My condolences to the family!
Coach Danny Broussard
July 15, 2014
Mrs. Simpson and Family,

It was an honor and a joy getting to know and work with Don this past year. He was a great friend, co-worker, and father figure. It is the latter that I will miss the most. My deepest Sympathies and Prayers go out to the Family and Friends that he truly adored.
Kyle Lewis
July 15, 2014
To Donnie's Family,
I had the pleasure of getting to know Donnie thru sports officating - both High School Baseball & Football. Donnie was a good friend, a competitor and a gentlemen. He will truely be missed by many. Praying for all of you today & in the days to come. Mike Swinney, Monore, LA
Michael Swinney
July 15, 2014
To All of the Simpson Family,
We were so sorry to hear of Donnie's passing - he will truly be missed.
Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Love to you all, Barbara (Beverly) and Ted Tincher.
July 15, 2014
I have had the pleasure of getting to know Donnie over the last few years. He was a very hard worker and the definition of a great Landman. Its not often that you find guys like Donnie. He had a great personality and an ability to connect with people on a personal level. We will miss him dearly around our office. We will continue to pray for his family during this time of grief. Truly a great man.......
Bill Bowdon
July 15, 2014
Sydney, Rae, Jonathan, Ms. Jane, Jordan and all of Mr. Donnie's family,

Our hearts hurt for you and your family as you go through grieving the loss of your wonderful daddy, pops, husband. May God wrap His arms around you and comfort you through this time. We love you and pray that the memories that spring tears now will be those that carry his beautiful legacy through the years ahead.

Love and hugs,
the Posey bunch
Stephen, Tracey, Joshua, Isabelle, Gracelyn and Gabriel
Stephen and Tracey Posey
July 15, 2014
RIP Donnie!! Our childhood friendship will never be forgotten!!
Patricia Pickett
July 15, 2014
My prayers are with the family during this time of grief; My first top 28 I was blessed to officiate with Donnie and I learned so much for him...

Ray Curry
July 15, 2014
To Donnie's very sorry to hear of his passing. I went to high school with Donnie and he was a delight. Always a smile for everyone, never heard a bad word come from him. To be short in stature he was a very good athlete and loved all sports. Donnie could also sing which was a surprise to many. Many good memories of Donnie come to mind and am so sad for all of you in your loss. May you feel God's presence as you grieve and may He comfort you at your saddest moments. With loving thoughts and prayers,
Mary Jones Sanders
July 15, 2014
Praying for you and your Family in the loss of a great man. He was there for Franky and I in our time of need. He will be missed. May God wrap his loving arms around you and your family in this time of need. Always have to remember "God is in Control"
Franky & Kathy Zator
July 15, 2014
Donnie was an outstanding umpire in the Shreveport-Bossier area and will be missed by all. I considered him a real friend.
Dave McQueen--Colorado Rockies
July 14, 2014
Donnie will be missed....we will always fondly remember the time he spent serving on the Board of Directors of Hilman House.
May the precious memories that you have bring a smile to your face and peace to your heart, and may God wrap you in his loving embrace.

Debbie Franklin Toddy
& Hilman House
July 14, 2014
We had many discussions on Friday nights and you were usually correct. Learned a lot from you. I will always consider you to be the best. Rest in Peace my friend. Fridays will not be the same!
Brandon Helms
July 14, 2014
Donnie, thanks for being such a great friend. Talking football and trading gridiron "officiating" war stories with you will always be fondly remembered. You truly were one of a kind! Friday nights will just not be the same without you. You will be greatly missed!!!
John Curtis Jr
July 14, 2014
Don, only met and knew you for three months working together but you were someone that I would never forget. Can't believe you are gone.
Tommy Holmes
July 14, 2014
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. Donnie made life a little brighter for all who knew him. He was a treasured friend and classmate and will be greatly missed.
Becki Brown Bressler .
July 14, 2014
Don, You will be missed. I enjoyed our friendship and you were a good man. Praying for your family. Richard Bothel
Richard Bothel
July 14, 2014
Enjoyed working with and becoming friends with Don on various Oil and Gas projects. He is sincerely missed.
Mike Benefield
July 14, 2014
From all the officials with Shreveport Football, Basketball and Baseball Assn's, Donnie will be truly missed. He was a leader in each association and well respected among his peers, coaches and principals. Rest in peace, Donnie.

Shreveport Football Assn
Shreveport Basketball Assn
Shreveport Baseball Assn
Mike Thibodeaux
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