Donald C. Havard

Donald C. Havard passed away in the company of his loving family, on March 11 2017, in Waco, TX. Don was born near Zavalla, TX, to Allen and Jewel Havard, on September 30, 1926.
Don grew up in Angelina County but he entered the US Army prior to completing high school. Don was assigned to Battery A 29th Battalion, at Fort Sill, OK, and achieved the rank of sergeant while serving in the Asian-Pacific Theater of World War II. There he was awarded several decorations and citations prior to an Honorable Discharge in November 1946. After returning home, Don moved to Texas City in 1947. There he completed his education and graduated from Central High School, in 1948.

On June 25, 1955, he married Maurice Selman. They established their home in Texas City and were blessed in July 1959 with the birth of their daughter, Donna. At the time of her death Don and Maurice were married 60 years.
Don was a member of First Baptist Church of Texas City. He was employed for 38 years at American Oil in the accounting department, retiring in January 1987.

He was an excellent amateur bowler and won many individual and team championships while playing in the American Oil league. He found great joy playing golf and 42 with family and friends. Don was a dedicated and active participant in MHMR Association meetings and events. But, on many weekends, he would relax with the family in East Texas, near is old homestead.

Don was a rock of foundation to his family, whom he loved dearly. He never met a stranger in the community he left behind. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
He is preceded in death by his wife Maurice, his parents, brother Herman, and his sisters Ruth and Doris Hellen.
Don is survived by his daughter, Donna and her husband Lewis Edinburgh, his grandsons Allen Edinburgh and wife Katy, Daniel Edinburgh and wife Mollye, and granddaughter (his “Sugarbear”) Theresa Hohman and her husband Kenny. He had eight great-grandchildren Gavin, Genevieve, Reese, Heath, and York Edinburgh; and William, Adelaide, and Benjamin Hohman. He also leaves behind his sister-in-law Dean Tomlinson, brothers-in-law Billy Don Sr and Patricia, and Nub and Laura Selman; as well as many nieces and nephews.

The family extends its deepest appreciation to his faithful caregiver, Naomi Bryant.

Visitation is set from 6pm to 8pm, on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at James Crowder Funeral Home, La Marque, TX.
Interment will be at 10am, on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the mausoleum of Galveston Memorial Park cemetery.


  1. We are so sorry for your loss. Both Maurice and Don will be sorely missed. You have been a very good and loving daughter. Our prayers will be for healing for your family. We love you.
    Bill, Patricia, Karen, Andrea and Stephen.

    Bill and Patricia Selman
  2. Donna and family so sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. He was always so nice to talk with. I remember seeing your mom and him every year at the Texas city craft show back in the day when we worked on crafts. Your family are in my prayers.

    Linda Piske Cross
  3. DONNA our thoughts and prayers are with you and your your family at this difficult time. We have known them for so many years and. They were both such wonderful people🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

    Bennie & Pat Reina
  4. Donna,Your Dad was a wonderful man and I always considered him and your Mom family. I can still hear Adam calling them Uncle Donald and Aunt Reese (he couldn’t say Maurice)! I’ve always held dear the stories shared between your folks and mine, the domino games, endless games of bowling on the same team, running up and down the street as children playing and the fun we always had at the lake. I’ll never forget when your Dad and mine went hunting and fishing and the boat tumped over and the many other funny and memorable times in East Texas. I hold you and your family lifted in prayer for comfort and peace that only God can give you. Your parents will always be a wonderful remembrance I hold dear to my heart. I can just see the domino games going on right now in Heaven!

    Cheryl Duhon-Brewer
  5. Don, my dads old friend. Known you all my life, my fishing buddy. My camping on Sam Rayburn partner. So many happy memories. Your sweet laugh and gentle ways are to be admired . Thank you for being on my travels thru life.

    Cliff Duhon
  6. DON Was a Good Man

    Randy Gripon

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