Don Looney
1916 - 2015
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Don Looney
Don Looney, prominent Fort Worth citizen, and legendary football player, peacefully passed away Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015 at home. He was 98 years old.
Funeral: 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9, 2015, in Greenwood Chapel, Fort Worth. Don will be entombed in Greenwood Mausoleum, as it was always his wish to play cards again with his old and dear friend, Ralph Lowe.
Memorials: Donations may be made to the Texas Masonic Retirement Center of Arlington, Texas, The Shriner's Hospital for Children or to a charity of one's choice.
Honorary Pallbearers are F.H. (Buzz) Mills, Dr. Bill Kalchoff, James Justiss, Harry McClain, Jim Adams, and Ryland Howard.
Don was born Sept. 2, 1916, on the family farm in East Texas and came to Fort Worth to attend TCU in 1936. He distinguished himself as a great athlete from an early age, leaving home at the age of 15 to play football for Sulpher Springs High School, where he was named All-State. Following high school, he accepted a scholarship from Texas Christian University. He played ball under Coach Dutch Meyer and is the last known survivor of the legendary 1938 TCU National Championship Team. He was voted Most Valuable Player by his teammates and was Co-Captain of the football team. After college, he joined his teammate Davey O'Brien playing professional football for the Philadelphia Eagles, where he set records that hold to this day. He was named #1 NFL Receiver of 1940. In 1941 and 1942, he played for the Pittsburgh Steelers. During World War II, he was ordered to Randolph Field by General Hap Arnold and played intercollegiate football with the Randolph Ramblers.
After the war, at NFL Commissioner Bert Bell's invitation, he became an NFL Official. He brought several of his Fort Worth friends in as officials, including Bruce Alford and the legendary "Purple Lawman", Sheriff Lon Evans. He continued in this hobby until 1963 when his son, Joe Don Looney, went into the pros. Don and Joe Don were among only a few father and son NFL players. At his death this week, Don Looney was the oldest living NFL football player.
Don was in the oil business in Midland and Fort Worth where he was President of Ralph Lowe Drilling Company and later was an executive with Mary Ralph Lowe's Maralo Oil in Houston, Texas. He was also associated with the Justiss-Mears Oil Company of Houston, Texas. Mr. Looney along with partners Buzz Mills and Jack Russell was active in West Texas oil activities and he was the major stockholder in the Bank of Jena, Louisiana, partnering with Jim Justiss and Tom Hunt.
Don was a 65 year member of the Julian Field Masonic Lodge, a Shriner, a member of the Royal Order of the Jester and a lifelong Republican from the Free State of Winston County, the only Alabama county that did not secede from the Union.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George Washington and Mary Ellen Penn Looney, his son, Joe Don Looney, his brothers, Howard Looney and Bill Looney, and sister Hazel Dodd. He is survived by a granddaughter, Tara Casimano and four great grandchildren, Nicole, Thomas Don, Margaret and Sarah Casimano, several nieces and nephews and his many, many friends. He was blessed with a loving team of caretakers, Amber Felker Seely, Vincent Jankowski, Stephanie Johnson, Crystal Crank and Candace Meyer.
Greenwood Funerals-Cremation
3100 White Settlement Rd., Fort Worth, Texas 76107 (817)336-0584

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Published in Houston Chronicle on Apr. 7, 2015.
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April 20, 2015
Don Looney was one of the greatest men if not the greatest I have ever known. He was like a Father to me and my family. He will surely be missed. Bob Traywick
April 9, 2015
Rest in peace. I learned much about John Don, who was named after my own grandfather, brother to his father, GW Looney. My condolences to his family and to Linda for her loyal companionship and care.
Sarah Looney Gupton
April 8, 2015
May your hearts be filled with precious memories during this time. Blessings to Linda for her many years of devotion during Mr. Looneys life. Sincerely, Veronica King
April 8, 2015
Don was so kind and helpful to me when I was researching the biography of Joe Don, 3rd Down & Forever. I wanted Don to be pleased with the book because it was, after all, a father-son story. J. Brent Clark, Norman, OK
April 8, 2015
My Dad, Bud Taylor, also played with Mr. Looney on the 1938 TCU National Championship Team, Great memories of Don & Joe Don. My prayers are with the family. RIP Tom Taylor
April 8, 2015
My next door neighbor on Highview Terrace. I remember watching film of Joe Don with him and Dorothy. He was a kind and generous neighbor. JRC
April 7, 2015
You will be missed and never forgotten .. RIP Mr Don Looney
Sonia Bryant/Rainey
April 7, 2015
My Condolences go out to the Looney Family and All the people who knew Mr Looney . I personally knew Mr Looney I had the Honor of working for Mr Looney and a great friend/caretaker Of his Linda. I Cherish all the talks & just sitting in his car times .Mr Looney's Always said to me ( My Mom always told me never drink or smoke- and I never did) he knew his mom was proud of him I could tell by his Big Famous Smile he would smile.all the great lunches we all shared ! Don Looney is one of the Most Kind Hearted person I knew.. All who had the Honor to know him as I Did know Heaven got a Special Angel ! Rest In Peace Mr Looney You left many Great Memories to each of us who had the Pleasure knowing you .
Sonia Bryant/Rainey
April 7, 2015
My sincere condolences to the entire Casimano clan.
May Don Looney's memory always be a blessing.
Elyse Pimsler
April 7, 2015
My Dad, too, played ball with Mr.Looney, Dr. Mayne,and Mr. Kerlee and Sheriff Evans carted me home for my adolescence indiscretions.

I grew up on Highview Terrace and pitched medicine balls with Joe Don.... Fort Worth was a magic time with all of TCU greats from the 1935 and 1938 Football Championships.

God bless them all, and all of their families.

Member of the TCU Class of 1970
April 7, 2015
My dad, Mason Mayne, played football with Don at T.C.U. I always enjoyed hearing their football stories. As a good friend, Don would come to the ranch and help my dad work calves. Thoughts and prayers to the family during this difficult time. CMS
April 7, 2015
My Dad, Enis Kerlee, was a member of the 1938 team with Mr. Looney. He has been in Heaven for five years now, but he loved to talk about what the team did and their travels and awards. May the Lord bless the Looney family.
April 7, 2015
To the Looney Family,

May you find comfort and the needed support during this time of grief. Philippians 4:13; James 5:11

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