Donald S. Eggers
Don Eggers, cherished husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend, engineer and musician, began rejoicing in Heaven on April 15, 2014. He was born on December 23, 1934, to Sandie Eggers and Valla Arnold in Cross Timbers, Missouri. Don moved to San Bernadino, California when he was two years old and returned to Missouri twelve years later. He began courting his beautiful bride-to-be, Dorothy Ann Tellman, after they became Sophomore King and Queen of Eugene High School. They enjoyed a love of sports and were their own best cheerleaders as they participated in all school athletics.
After high school graduation in 1952, Don joined the U.S. Navy during the Korean War when he was just 17 years old. He served as an electrician at sea on a tanker off the coast of the Korean Peninsula. Many love letters were exchanged during his absence and he and Dorothy became eternally bound through love and in marriage in 1954.
After an honorable discharge in 1955, Don began attending the University of Missouri and he and Dorothy welcomed their first child, Judith Ann in 1956. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1960. Their first son, Mitchell Donn was born in 1958. Don began his career as an electrical engineer at Delco Radio in Kokomo, Indiana in 1960. David William, baby number three, joined the family in 1961. Moving on to General Dynamics in 1961, Don and Dorothy journeyed to Fort Worth, Texas and made the Lone Star State their forever home. Miss Joan Marie joined the family in 1963 and in 1964, Franklin Dale arrived. Don accepted a position at N.A.S.A – Johnson Space Center in 1964 and with five kids in tow they made the move Pasadena, Texas.
Don achieved a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1969 from the University of Houston. Daughter Angela Joyce (A.J.) completed the family in 1970. To further support his wife and six children, he taught at San Jacinto College and the University of Houston. After a 33 year-long engineering career at N.A.S.A in which he was a major contributor to the design of the early space craft antenna systems, Don retired in 1994. Shortly thereafter, he went to work for Lockheed Martin and continued there for several years until the golf bug bit him. He then became a golf enthusiast and part-time staff member at the Pasadena Municipal Golf Course.
Don loved music so much that he formed his own band in high school and would play a variety of instruments throughout the remainder of his life. Over the years, Don played the drums, banjo, saxophone, guitar, lap steel, fiddle, piano, harmonica, mandolin, dobro and steel guitar, all by ear. He started playing dobro in the 1970’s with several bands including Bluefield Express, Bluegrass Ramblers,B.A.R.E. Pickin’,Lone Star Bluegrass Band, and Saltgrass. In 1981, Don performed live on stage at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville with Saltgrass. He was honored as the Southwest Dobro Championin Hugo, Oklahoma in 1982 with Josh Graves judging. In 1984, Don was a member of Saltgrasswhen they were named the Southwest Band Championsin Hugo, Oklahoma.
In the 1980’s, Don began playing the Pedal Steel Guitar and fine-tuned his country music skills with bands including Spur 28, Silver Dollar, Sundanceand Osage. He enjoyed playing in many dance halls, bars and private parties in Houston and surrounding areas.
Don Eggers is preceded in death by his beloved son, David Eggers. He is survived by devoted and loving wife, Dorothy, daughter Judy and husband Thomas Sheppard, son Mitch and wife Juanita Eggers, daughter-in-law and wife of David, D’Anna Eggers, daughter Joan and husband Jeff Snover, son Frank and wife Tracy Eggers, daughter Angela and husband James Anderson, grandchildren Alexandra Sheppard, Audrey Sheppard, Ashleigh Sheppard, MT3(SS) Clifton Eggers, 1LT Garett and wife Erin Eggers, Leslie Eggers, Cobin Eggers, Paige Eggers, Brett Downs, Kristin and husband Stephen Tauber, Chelsea and husband Kevin Grennier, Michael Snover, Chad Eggers, Nicole Eggers, Casey Eggers, Jeff and wife Bianca Anderson, Jason Anderson, great-grandchildren, James Downs, McKenna Tauber, Annabelle Tauber, Addison Snover, Jacob Anderson, Jesse Anderson and great-grandchild to be, Konnor Grennier. The family would also like to acknowledge Karen, Frank and Crystal Belmarez for their loving friendship over the years.
A simple man of few words, Don provided strength and stability to his family. Don and Dorothy continued their love of sports by supporting the athletic efforts of their children. Don even made a pitching machine, backstop and provided acreage for the kids to enjoy baseball practice. In their latter years, they enjoyed watching their grandkids play sports. He offered a wry sense of humor and strong opinion to those who listened.
Don held a special place in his heart for the homeless. For those wishing to make a donation in Don’s memory, please consider the following charities:
The Society of St Vincent De Paul Charities, 18223 Point Lookout Drive, Nassau Bay, Texas 77058
Houston Food Bank-www.houstonfoodbank.org
Memorial service will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church at 9:30 AM with a graveside to follow at Houston National Cemetery.