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July 28, 1928 - September 25, 2018 SHAWNEE, OK Longtime Shawnee resident Donald P. Grimes passed away peacefully Tuesday night at Assisted Living of Montgomery County, Conroe, TX. He was born in the ACH Hospital in Shawnee. Early in his childhood, the family moved from Tecumseh to Shawnee, where the Grimes family was established and where Don served and lived most of his life. Don graduated from Shawnee High School as a member of the Class of 1946. He attended The University of Oklahoma for one and one half years. Don served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After two years of service, he was honorably discharged in Nov. 1952. He then married the love of his life, Mary "Barbara" Bell, on July 7, 1954. They were happily married for nearly fifty-one years until the death of Barbara in June of 2005. The center and focus of Don's life was his beloved wife, his three sons and friends. In his adult life, Grimes worked for the American National Bank in Shawnee. Following his term of employment, he and his brother, Joe, were partners in Harold's Men's Wear located on the corner of Main and Bell in downtown Shawnee. In 1972, Grimes was then employed by the Federal National Bank, where he served for 26 years, successfully retiring as a Senior Vice President and member of the Board of Directors. During his tenure, Federal National became BancFirst with branches throughout the state of Oklahoma. In his spare time, Don was a gifted and an accomplished artist. His paintings, drawings and renderings are beloved by his family and are treasured by friends across the state. Don loved the outdoor sporting life. He was an accomplished fly-fisherman, a sport in which he greatly excelled. Too, he was an avid pheasant, quail and duck hunter. His friends stated over the years what a good shot he was. Don Grimes loved and took pride in Oklahoma and the city of Shawnee. In his business and personal decisions, he was always concerned how his actions would impact making Shawnee the wonderful community that it is today. He was a longtime member of the Kiwanis Club of Shawnee. He was a member of the St. Paul's United Methodist Church. Greatly loved by his family and a host of wonderful friends. Don was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Gene Grimes; his wife, Barbara Grimes; son, Mark Grimes; and his older brother, Bob Grimes. He is survived by his brother, Joe Grimes and his wife Carol, of Springfield, MO; son, Brock Grimes and his wife Laurina, of Montgomery, TX; and his middle son, the Rev. D. Price Grimes, Jr., of Oklahoma City. Grimes is also survived by three grandsons, Brett Grimes and his wife Rory, of Oklahoma City; McCall Grimes and his wife Jadrien, of Houston, TX; and Garrett Grimes and his wife Rian, of Midland, TX; and three great-granddaughters, Violet Grimes, Eleanor Rose Grimes, and Harper June Grimes. Don is also survived by a niece, Michelle Doughty, of Edmond; nephews, Mike Bell, of Edmond, OK; Stanley Grimes, of Denver, CO; and David Grimes, of Springfield, MO. The family would like to express their gratitude and thanks to the wonderful care of Don where he lived and loved - Assisted Living of Montgomery County, Conroe, TX; and Vantage Hospice, of Houston, TX. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (alzfnd.org). Services are to be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, at the Resthaven Funeral Home Chapel, Shawnee, OK, with Interment following the service.
Published in The Oklahoman on Oct. 2, 2018
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