Don Lagrone

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Don Lagrone passed away peacefully on June 8, 2017, at the age of 86 with family and friends at his side.

Don was born in Rogers, TX, on September 15, 1930, to Oliver Daniel Lagrone and Gladys Dragoo. He lived most of his young life in Rogers and Temple. After graduating from Temple High School, he attended Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, earning a degree in Industrial Arts in 1951. He then worked at Convair in Fort Worth designing aircraft before enlisting in the US Army, serving at Ft. Bliss in El Paso, TX. Upon discharge from the Army, he moved to Galveston, TX, and began a long and successful career at American National Insurance Company.

Don was the ultimate supporter of his family. As his sons were growing up, you could always spot him at the baseball or soccer fields or pulling a trailer of motorcycles to the track. In retirement, Don loved watching his grand-children's activities and would brag about them to anyone who would listen.

If you needed help, Don was always there. He was an incredible handyman, capable of building, fixing, or repairing just about anything. If he did not understand how something worked, he would simply figure it out. On the rare occasion that Don sat down, he was certain to be watching his favorite old Westerns. Don also loved country & western dancing and watching Nascar with friends.

Don had a magnetic personality and never met a stranger. He would freely offer advice, whether you wanted to hear it or not. He had a very kind heart; he would give you the shirt off his back. Don lived a simple life and did not need or want many of the "finer" things. He was happier at Golden Corral than Ruth's Chris Steak House. He believed life was more about who you were and what you stood for than the things you may have accumulated.

Don will be remembered by family and friends for repeating the same stories and jokes over and over as if you had never heard them. He will also be remembered for some of his creative sayings such as, "Don't take any wooden nickels" or "That was larapin" to describe a delicious meal.

Don is survived by his wife of 55 years, Margaret Lera Lagrone, and their two sons, Don Jr. and Jay Lagrone. He is further survived by his daughter-in-law, Paula Lagrone; four grandchildren, Don III, Hunter, Brooke, and Jenna Lagrone; sister, Deanie and her husband, Harold Houser; nephew, Lamar Harrison; and numerous other nephews and nieces. Don is predeceased by his niece, Belinda Schlottman. He will also be missed by his two Chihuahuas, Puck and Stealth.

We would like to thank the Doctors and Nurses at Memorial Hermann and Kindred Hospital Clear Lake for the wonderful care and compassion shown to Don and the family.

Per his wishes, rather than a traditional funeral service, there will be a celebration of Don's life at a later date.

Published on from June 23 to July 6, 2017