Donald Paschall Hart was born December 23, 1937, in Detroit, MI. He was the only child of Adolphus Paschall Hart and Hilda Orr Hart who preceded him in death. Don's parents, formerly of Murray, moved to Detroit, MI during the Great Depression, to obtain work and a better life economically.
Don, age 83, died Friday, May 14, 2021, at his home. Don accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior at the age of 14 and remained true to his Lord until his death. He was baptized in 1960 at Normandale Baptist Church in Montgomery, AL. Don joined the US Army on August 16, 1955 and served in the following locations: Ft. Ord, CA; Ft. Bragg, NC; Ft. Campbell, KY; Ft Bliss, TX; Germany; Beirut, Lebanon; Montgomery, AL; Ft. Monmouth, NJ; and Inchon, Korea. During his Army days, Don was a member of the following Airborne units: 82 Airborne, 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team Rakkasan; 11th and 188th Airborne. After serving 10 years in the US Army, Don joined the US Air Force and remained in the USAF until his retirement as Master Sergeant on September
1, 1975. He served in the following locations: Langley AFB, VA; Nha Trang AB Vietnam; Lindsey AFS Germany; Laredo AFB TX; and Ft. Campbell, KY. On the day Don joined the US Air Force he was raised a Master Mason at Ft. Bliss, TX. He was a former member of the Masonic Lodge 105 in Murray, KY and a current member of Anson Jones Masonic Lodge in Friendswood, TX. and El Mina Temple, Galveston, TX where he was a past president of the Motor Patrol.
After retirement from USAF, Don attended Murray State University and was employed as Shop Foreman of the Electronic Repair Department until December 1977, when he moved to Houston, TX. Don worked for PRC Realty Systems, maintaining computer systems for the Houston Board of Realtors. He also worked quality control with the Houston Lighting and Power Company. In 1988 he had a severe motorcycle accident and was incapacitated for a year. After recovery, Don enrolled at the University of Houston-Clear Lake and earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree. After graduation Don became a substitute teacher within the Friendswood, TX, South Houston, TX and Pasadena, TX School Districts. He was a volunteer with Houston Crisis Hotline and served as a counselor, trainer, fund raiser, board member, and Santa Claus at Christmas for the United Way. During the years in Houston, Don and his wife, Shirley, traveled extensively including trips to Europe, Mexico, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and all 50 states within the US. After his second retirement in 2007, he and Shirley drove to Fairbanks, AK and on up to the Arctic Circle. In Houston, Don and Shirley were members of Grace Community Church where Don served in several different capacities. He and Shirley were hosts of a church home group that met on a monthly basis for food, prayer, and fellowship. After returning to Murray in December 2006, Don and Shirley became members of the Friends of Corvette and were active until Don's health began to decline. Don was a member of Calvary Temple Church in Murray.
Don was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Deborah Jean Mattingly. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Shirley Stalls Hart, son, Donald Hart Jr. (Dana); stepson, Marty Williams; grandchildren Jesse Outland (Britnei); Michael Outland (Hyahwahnah), Rachel Bruder and Cody Hart; step grandchildren, J. Ryan Williams, Shanna Williams, and Lorelei Williams; six great grandchildren, Kori, Jordyn, and Jacob Outland, Saydie Hart, Kora Stockwell and Kyelan Howland.
Visitation will be held on Friday evening, May 21, 2021, from 5-7 PM, at The J.H. Churchill Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Murray. A Masonic service will follow the visitation on Friday May 21, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. and will be conducted by the Murray Masonic Lodge F&AM #105 at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home and Cremation Services. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 22, 2021, at 11:00 AM at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home and Cremation Services with Darrell Young and Tom Clendenen officiating. Burial will follow in the Murray City Cemetery with full military honors provided by Scott Air Force Base Honor Guard.
Expressions of Sympathy may be made to Calvary Temple Church, PO Box 655, Murray, KY 42071.
Online condolences can be made at www.thejhchurchillfuneralhome.com