Donald Clark Stamps

Donald Clark Stamps was born in Texas City, Texas on Christmas Day in 1963. The son of Pat and Ralph Stamps, Don became an extraordinary, beloved family member, firefighter and friend.

Don’s survivors include daughters Savanna Stamps and Paige Stamps; brother and sister-in-law Rai and Anna Stamps; nieces Fallon Stamps Benavides, Meghan Stamps, Katrin Stamps, Victoria Stamps, and Heidi Thompson; and numerous relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his parents and brother R. Matt Stamps.

After growing up in Texas City and Jasper, Texas, Don graduated from Jasper High School in 1981. His calling to the fire service came early. At 17, he pulled up to a brushfire and rushed to help firefighters control the blaze at Lake Sam Rayburn. He soon became a professional firefighter. After service in fire departments in Victoria and The Woodlands, Don joined the Houston Fire Department. He was a graduate of HFD Academy Class 1993/A. Rising to the rank of captain, his HFD assignments through the years included Stations 19, 45, 51, 105 and, most recently, 104. He also served as an active captain in the Champions Fire Department, after starting as a volunteer. As a member of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association, Don advocated for firefighter retirement security in Houston and at the Texas state capitol. He fought for what he believed in: fairness for his sisters and brothers in the fire service.

Most of all, Don was loyal and giving. He sometimes went without to provide for others. When his nieces lost their father, Don lovingly stepped up to help. They formed lifelong bonds. Whether covering friends’ shifts at the fire station or helping with remodeling or storm-damage projects, Don could be counted on. But his giving nature went beyond family and friends. He once organized a fundraiser for a needy citizen he had met while ordering breakfast at a Chick-fil-A restaurant.

In his downtime, Don enjoyed motorcycle rides, camping and hiking around Texas, the gun range, drumming, jet-skiing, his nieces’ dogs – Trooper, Taylor, Ginny, Milo, and Hamm – and Wednesday night sushi dinners with family. Those dinners included many laughs, some occasional dark humor, and running jokes that have endured for many years. Don’s wonderful sense of humor will be remembered.

The Stamps family is grateful for the support of the HFD Family, the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association, the Champions Fire Department, and Dr. Jessica Stark and the Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center staff.

The Family will receive friends on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 11:30am with a Ceremony at 1:30pm at Sagemont Church, 11300 S Sam Houston Pkwy E, Houston, TX 77089.


  1. We were saddened to hear of the passing of Don. He loved being a firefighter and helping others. He was one of the funniest people ever! We know his quick wit and sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him. RIP.

    The Abrams Family

    Gina Abrams
  2. Don was such a “good guy”. We grew up together in elementary through high school. I have always felt that we are our “truest self” when we are young. Don always had a smile on his face. Never had a beef with anyone. He was just a “great dude”.

    Even though we did not keep in touch as much as I wish we could have, it was refreshing to read the posts of his fire-fighter colleagues on what a “great dude” he was. He never changed!

    That passion and fierceness showed up at a young age. Don would do some “crazy stuff” on his skateboard that we would never think of. He was also that “bad-ass-drummer” you envied to be.

    Let’s face it. If you had a sister, you wanted her to marry Don Stamps. He was just that cool and great of a dude!

    RIP brother. We will never, ever forget you!

    Al Nodarse

    Al Nodarse
  3. Sincerest condolences and prayers..
    Rest in peace, Sir..

    Nerissa & James Arce

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