Larry Joe "Brother" Donaldson (2002 - 2018)

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Whitewright- Larry Joseph Donaldson, the second of three children, was born to Joe and Kristi (Sparks) Donaldson on January 8, 2002 in Plano, Texas. He was a smart, funny, athletic and hardworking young man, who loved his family and his dogs. After spending his kindergarten and 1st grade years at Tom Bean, he attended Whitewright schools from 2nd to 10th grade, where he enjoyed spending time with his friends, teammates, teachers, and coaches. Larry Joe was nominated to serve on the Student Advisory Council as a freshman, and he was a member of the Beta Honor Society. He was a varsity golfer and started as an offensive lineman for the Tigers varsity football team his sophomore year. He also played baseball and basketball and ran track.

Larry Joe was a very bright young man who had dreams of becoming a doctor or engineer. He was the Salutatorian of his 8th grade class and is well known locally for his 8th grade graduation "shrimp speech." All throughout school he enjoyed a lot of success in Academic UIL, specifically mathematics and number sense, and he took a lot of pride in earning his FFA jacket by being the first freshman to recite the creed. Larry spent his free time hunting, fishing, golfing, playing video games with his brother, and helping his family around the house and farm. He loved to work out with his buddies, make movies on his GoPro with his brother, tie fishing flies, rebuild drones, and go flying with his dad. In the summers, he enjoyed any opportunity to travel, hunt, eat good seafood, hike and explore outdoors. Larry Joe was a very kind, observant, and thoughtful young man, who opened doors for ladies, who constantly kept a list of good gift ideas for his family, and who diligently tried to preserve the memories of his family and close friends on camera and film.

The Donaldson family has attended Sherman Bible for the past four years. Larry Joe loved God and had asked Jesus Christ to be his Lord and Savior at a youth retreat sponsored by FBC Whitewright a few years ago. On Monday, January 1, 2018, at the age of 15, and after a long battle with respiratory failure including nearly two months on ECMO, he left his earthly body to be at home with the Lord. The family would like to thank their family, friends, community, and everyone else who, through the power and prompting of the Holy Spirit, never grew weary of ministering to Larry Joe and his family through their kindness, generosity, prayers, and deeds.

Larry Joe is survived by his loving family; parents, Joseph and Kristi Donaldson; sister, Jolie Donaldson; brother, Will Donaldson; grandparents, Betty and Larry Donaldson of Anna, Texas, and Ann and Ty Sparks of Canadian, Texas; and many other relatives and friends.

A Celebration of Life service was held at 11:00 AM on Friday, January 5, at King's Trail Cowboy Church, southwest of Whitewright, with Reverend Rodney Stanford officiated and Associate Pastor Luke Cyr assisted. Interment followed at Vittitoe Cemetery with Larry Donaldson, Jay Donaldson, Aaron Salinas, Ben Stoll, Mason Edwards, and Dustin Pittman serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Ty Sparks and Kyle Jordan.

The family received friends from 6-8 PM on Thursday, January 4, at Waldo Funeral Home in Sherman.

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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Jan. 13 to Jan. 14, 2018