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Donnie L. “Don” Wooten
Hayes Funeral Home

Donnie L. “Don” WootenDonnie L. “Don” Wooten passed from this life Saturday morning, July 19, 2008, at his home.

Born July 5, 1935 in Bishop, TX to Carthy and Mildred (Liles) Wooten, Mr. Wooten had been a resident of Santa Fe since 1969.  He was 47-year member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 450 and worked as a heavy equipment operator, a job that he enjoyed very much.  He was known by many as one who could operate any crane, no matter how big or small, and was often able to make it do things no one else could.   In his younger days, he worked with the Wichita Falls Fire Department and proudly served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict.  He was specially trained as a demolition expert and served as a member of “Merle’s Marauders”, a special military detachment of the 442nd Regimental Combat and Demolition Team.   After his release from the Army, he returned to his home in Corpus Christi, got married and began raising a family.  Throughout his life, he was loyal and dependable to his family and his work.

Survivors include his wife of almost 45 years, Jeanette Wooten of Algoa; children and their spouses, Kenneth Ray Moore of Algoa, Catherine “Cathie” O’Neal-Blount and husband, Joe of Algoa, Gary Don Wooten and fiancé, Juli of Santa Fe, Bobby Don Wooten and wife Sherry of Algoa, Jack Pinkerton and wife, Sharon of Lake Jackson, Lesa Boehnke and husband, Tom of Pearland; sisters, Betty Rozell of Onalaska, Ruth Berry of Livingston, Barbara McCasland of Devol, OK; 11 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Funeral services will be conducted 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2008, in the chapel of Hayes Funeral Home with Ministers Robert and John Seaton officiating.  Graveside services will be 4:00 p.m. at Old Peebles Cemetery in Livingston.
Casketbearers will be Kenny Armbrester, Lynn O’Neal, Arron Seaton, Jon Jon Seaton, Michael Seaton and David Williams. Honorary bearers will be Joe Blount and Lynn Skillman.

Friends may call from 5 - 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, 10412 Highway 6, (409) 925-3501.
www.hayesfuneralhome.com



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