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Donald Lee  Whitman

Obituary for Donald Lee Whitman

December 5, 1935 - January 22, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 82

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Donald Lee Whitman, 82, died peacefully on Monday, January 22, 2018 at his home with his loving wife and family present.

Donald was born December 5, 1935, in Warren, Ohio, the son of John L. Whitman and Lyda A. (Smeaton) Whitman.

After graduating from Warren G. Harding High School, he attended Ohio State University on a baseball scholarship. Donald then served 25 years in the Air Force, retiring as a Master Sergeant. He was decorated with the Air Force Commendation Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Bronze Star Medal, among other honors. While serving in the Air Force, he met his wife, Chin Ok (Hwang) Whitman, in Seoul, South Korea. They married in Thailand before residing in Dallas.

Donald and his wife owned and operated the "best Donut Palace in Dallas" for over 20 years, prior to retiring in Austin to be near family. Donald enjoyed fishing, golfing, bowling, the Dallas Cowboys, and Texas Hold 'Em. It was his grandchildren who brought him his greatest joy.

He was preceded in death by five brothers, Claude, John, Floyd, Robert and Roger; three sisters Thelma, Hazel and Ruth.

He is survived by his wife, Chin; his oldest daughter, Lisa Jean Wickham and her husband Jonathan Wickham; his younger daughter, Donna Lee Bell and her husband Kevin Bell; his two sisters, Helen Starks (Florida) and Marilyn Hart (Ohio); and his four grandchildren, Alex, Chloe, Wesley and Walker.

Donald will be buried with full military honors at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio on Monday, February 12, 2018 at 1:45 p.m.

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2620 S. Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
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