Donald Hodges
1934 - 2015
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HODGES, Donald Wayne HODGES, Donald Wayne Don Hodges, heralded financial advisor, selfless and dedicated counselor, mentor, devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, faithful Christian servant and staunch American business and entrepreneurship advocate, passed away January 21, 2015 from complications related to a blood disorder. Hodges was a man admired and revered by his industry peers and was loved deeply by his family that includes his wife of 59 years, Freddie, and their children, Camille Hodges-Hays, Craig Hodges and Clark Hodges. Don was a mentor and father figure to countless people over the years including business associates, employees and even his children's friends. Don had a passion for investing in stocks but he had an even bigger passion for investing in people. He always found and appreciated the best qualities in others. Don spent hours listening to stories and often offered some words of wisdom from his personal 40- year collection of favorite quotations saved from dozens of current and historical sources. An attentive listener, Don helped those seeking advice, and he also provided wise counsel and guidance to help friends, clients and many others reach their financial goals. Born in Canadian, Texas, on April 18, 1934, Don grew up under the tutelage of his father, Oliver Lee Hodges and his mother, Alma Mae Brown Hodges who both preceded him in death. From his parents, Don learned the importance of faith, family and commitment. After graduation from what was then known as West Texas State at Canyon, Don was a radio announcer at KAMQ. He discovered the investment field and subsequently built a career as an acclaimed investment advisor. Before launching his career, Don married his high school sweetheart Freddie Donaldson whom Don honored and cherished throughout their years together. Most recently, they celebrated the 59-year anniversary of their marriage. The family that now includes nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren personifies love, honor and commitment to each other and their loved ones. In 1960, Don began work at Merrill Lynch in Oklahoma City. Later, in 1983, he moved to Dallas to work at Rauscher Pierce in Dallas (now RBC Wealth Management), and in 1983 he advanced there to become president of the company. In 1989, Don and his son Craig launched their own firm. Early on, the pair decided to create an unprecedented start-up and original mutual fund, the Hodges Fund. That investment vehicle has received numerous awards for its results and the implementation of what is called the "Hodges Process." Since then, Don and Craig launched six other mutual funds that have landed praise from the largest and most important business publications. The company now manages $3.5 billion. After the initial company launch, Don's daughter Camille and his son Clark joined the Hodges enterprise. Although some might label Hodges Capital as a family business, the Hodges family prefers being identified as a business family. From a start-up of only a few, the company has grown to a team of 32 employees. Each one knows that Don considered them to also be members of his family, and he proved that in his actions and words. Don Hodges had a remarkable 55-year career, and it's a model that his children are fully committed to advance even further. He was a trusted steward of other people's money, and he took that job very seriously. He and Freddie also gave back to the community through their long-term support of Trinity Christian Academy, Dallas Baptist University, Criswell College, Wycliffe Bible Translators, and Presbyterian Community Foundation. In November, Don received the prestigious Russell H. Perry award. This award honors leaders whose lives are testimonies of achievements in free enterprise and service to the community. Don is survived by his beloved wife, Freddie, daughter Camille Hodges Hays, her husband Stan Hays and their children Trey & Maddie; son, Craig Hodges, his wife Jo Ann Ferrell Hodges and their children Kaki, Haley and Case; son Clark Hodges, his wife Kristina Hodges and their children Freddie Anne, Fernando, Kristian and Chanley; brother Robert Hodges and his wife Janice; brother Gary Hodges and his wife Deborah; sister Mary McCaffree-Simmers and her husband David and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Don was preceding in death by his brother William (Bill) Hodges, sister-in-law Theresia, brother James Hodges and brother-in-law Robert McCaffree. Services: Sparkman Hillcrest, 7405 West Northwest Highway, Dallas, TX. Visitation - Sunday, January 25th, 3:30pm-5:30pm. Memorial Service - Monday, January 26, 1:30pm, at First Baptist Church Historic Sanctuary, 1707 San Jacinto, Dallas, TX. Delivery of flowers can be coordinated through Sparkman Hillcrest or First Baptist Church-Dallas. Donations in Don's honor can be made to: Trinity Christian Academy - Student Tuition Aid, 17001 Addison Road, Addison, TX 75001 Or Don Hodges Endowed Scholarship Fund, C/O Dallas Baptist University, 3000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX 75211.




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Published in Dallas Morning News from Jan. 24 to Jan. 26, 2015.
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January 29, 2015
Thank you Lord for Don Hodges; a man possessing Godly wisdom and advice. His integrity and genuine care and concern for those whom he served is sincerely appreciated. We extend prayers and sympathy to the Hodges family.
Casey Berley
January 25, 2015
It was an honor and a privilege to know Don Hodges. Having spent almost 25 years in the investment business, I never met anyone who I respected more than Don. He was always a gentleman, never said an ill work about another human being, never wavered from his faith, was very proud of his family and associates and held each client in high esteem.

So many young people today could learn volumes about life from Don. He will be truly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of coming in contact with him.

There is absolutely no uncertainty where Don is today. He will live in eternity with his heavenly father. My deepest sympathies go out to his family, associates and friends. In fact, in Don's mind, all were part of his family.
Frank Anderson
January 25, 2015
Dutiful Don & Friendly Freddie,

We have for decades loved you and your Sons at TCA, as our neighbors and investment advisors, what a powerful Christian witness you have been !
Thanks for taking good care of the assets of all our Red Raider friends!
Patrick & Amy Booth & Amity & Amberly Booth
January 25, 2015
I will remember Don for a long, long time. We were classmates and he was always friendly. I was present the night of his accident, and remember it well. Thoughtful sympathy. Woody Williams
Woody Williams
January 25, 2015
Rarity of People is Don
Harmon White
January 24, 2015
I can only say I will miss Don Hodges for a long time. He was the best boss and friend that one could ever have. After a referral by a friend, I interviewed with Don, who never looked at my resume. I asked him when he would make a decision and he said he already had, then offered me the job where I stayed for 19 years. Jim joins me in sharing the loss of this wonderful man, and our hearts go out to Freddie, Camille, Craig and Clark, as well as all those who loved Don.
Kay & Jim Garvin
January 24, 2015
Don always had time for me when I needed advice and for that I am very grateful. He was such a joy to visit with. I will always be grateful for what he has done for me. I know he is singing with the Lord. Maurice Clifton Amarillo,Texas
January 23, 2015
We are saddened by the loss of our wonderful friend but are delighted that there is rejoicing in heaven. We will always remember Don's warm smile and kind words. Our prayers are that you Freddie and extended family will experience God's grace, peace and comfort now and in the days ahead as only He can provide.
Nora & Bob Hogan
Robert Hogan
January 23, 2015
Both Donald and Freddie never forgot their Canadian, Texas roots. They generously left hugs and handshakes all over this community and Canadian will miss them so much. Prayers and thoughts to all the extended family.
Susan Owens Caudle (Canadian, TX)
January 23, 2015
Mr. Hodges was a man of such incredible integrity and it was a privilege to know him. Prayers for the entire family during this difficult time.
Bob Lamse
January 23, 2015
Don was a lifetime friend. We grew up together in Canadian, Texas. Both of us always felt blessed to have Canadian, Texas roots. He made a great impact upon my life's journey. I treasured his friendship greatly. He was a solid Christian gentleman. May God comfort his family and friends.
Richard Waters
January 23, 2015
Don hodges was the kindest, most generous man ever. My lifelong friend Kay Garvin worked for him for many years and even though I wasn't around him that often, he had such a kind and sweet aura. I know he was very successful in his career and of course his intelligence and integrity were a huge part of that, but I also believe his generosity and empathy for others was returned to him ten fold. I appreciate his awesome kindness and caring to my friend Kay.
Kathy Williams
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