NORMAN — Donald Lee Giroux died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in Lexington at the age of 84 years 5 months 29 days.
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Lexington First Baptist Church, with Pastor Rusty Canoy officiating. Interment will follow at the Lexington Cemetery under the direction of Wadley’s Funeral Service.
Donald was born Aug. 11, 1928, at his grandparents’ home in the Stovall community southeast of Lexington. Donnie attended school at Stovall until the eighth grade, then attended Lexington Public Schools. While in school, he was very active in the FFA, serving as president his senior year. Donnie’s main project was swine. He, along with his AG teacher, Arvil Haire, attended many shows, including the American Royal in Kansas City and the National Barrow Show in Austin, Minn. Donnie graduated from Lexington in 1947. On Feb. 25, 1950, he married his high school sweetheart, Doris Taylor. They established a home in the Lexington area, where he worked at different jobs. Their first daughter, Shirley Ann, was born May 9, 1952. Later that year, Donnie would be involved in a near-fatal, head-on car accident on the Lexington-Purcell bridge. He spent many weeks in a full body cast with his mouth wired shut from a broken jaw. God pulled Donnie through this with a full recovery.
On Sept. 1, 1956, a second daughter, Donna Jean, was born. As a 59-year member of the First Baptist Church, Donnie was involved with Royal Ambassadors, coached basketball and served as Sunday School superintendent. In later years, he was the head usher and self-appointed light turner outer. Donnie’s love for Lexington and his classmates encouraged him, with the help of many others, to form the Lexington High School Alumni Association. He served as president for the first reunion in 1961. During the 1970s, the Giroux family owned and ran the Diamond G Swine Farm. They raised, sold and showed Yorkshire pigs over many states. Donnie served on the Cleveland County Fair Board for three terms, from 1973 to 1981. He ran a bread route for the Mead’s Fine Bread Company for 34 years. After this company went out of business, he was hired by the Rainbow Bakery, where he worked until his retirement in 1989.
But those who knew him also knew he was a people person and staying home did not agree with him. Later in 1989, Donnie went to work for the University of Oklahoma as a bus driver. He told everyone he was only going to work there for a couple of years. Twenty years later and a few thousand miles more driven, he retired again in 2009. Yes, he retired to the farm to garden and drive his tractor. If you asked Donnie what he was the most proud of, he would say attending the annual FFA banquet for 69 consecutive years.
Donnie was preceded in death by his parents, Thelma Bailey and Andrew Giroux, along with many other relatives.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Doris of the home; daughters Shirley Coulter and husband Ron of Noble and Donna Deskin and husband Jim of Lexington; sister, Virginia Dayle Hughes and husband John of Lexington; stepsisters Eunice Clark of Wynnewood and Doris Johnson and husband Martin of Sun City, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Carolyn Taylor; brother-in-law, Jack Taylor of Broken Arrow; grandchildren Jason Deskin and wife Ashley of Wayne, Nathan Coulter and wife Stephanie of Wright City, David “Booger” Deskin and wife Debra of Edmond and Julie Coulter Enlow and husband Josh of Sapulpa; stepgrandchildren Randy Coulter of Haskell and Robyn Coulter Blair and husband Jeff of Noble; special uncle, Carol Northcutt of Lexington; nine great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews and other relatives.
Donnie never met a stranger, so he has left this world with friends too numerous to count. He might have been a small man in stature, but his kind heart and contagious smile made him a giant among men.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made the Lexington First Baptist Church Benevolence Fund.
Norman Transcript, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013