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.