Donald Edward Clemishire, lovingly known as Don, passed away on September 21, 2023, in Hominy, Oklahoma. Born on March 20, 1936, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he was the beloved son of Ed and Vivian Clemishire. Don grew up in Tulsa and graduated from Central High School in the Class of 1954. During his time in high school, he discovered a passion for wrestling. After graduating, he continued his education at the University of Oklahoma where he wrestled alongside Danny Hodge. On November 6, 1958, Don was united in marriage to the loved of his life Linda Sherrill Smith, in Hominy, Oklahoma.
Don's career began during his high school years when he worked alongside his grandfather in the oil fields of Osage County. He spent a brief period working on an offshore drilling rig in Louisiana before returning to Oklahoma. Then, he embarked on a self-employed journey as an oil producer and established the Don Clemishire Well Service and later Don Clemishire Oil Corporation.
While Don dedicated himself to his career and made significant strides in the industry, he also cherished his time with his family and friends. He was known for his strong sense of loyalty and supportiveness. Those close to him could always count on him for a good joke or a light-hearted moment. As a true patriarch of his family, Don took great joy in hosting every holiday gathering. He also created lasting memories by taking his whole family on a cruise and exploring beautiful destinations like Colorado and New Mexico.
Don had many fascinating hobbies and interests that brought him happiness throughout his life. He had an affinity for working cattle and raising show horses. His other passions were gardening and brush hogging. In addition to these activities, he enjoyed camping trips, hunting expeditions, perfecting his golf swing, playing tennis matches, and coaching Little League baseball teams while his boys were young. Don’s most cherished passion was the time he spent with family and friends.
In 1982, Don achieved an extraordinary accomplishment that brought him immense pride: he received the All-American Quarter Horse Congress Brood Mare Champion award. Don was also deeply dedicated to his faith and family. He was a warm and welcoming presence at his church, where he served as a longtime greeter.
Don's ornery nature endeared him to everyone he met. His firm grip and remarkable strength were often the topic of conversation among friends and family along with his ability to tear a Tulsa telephone book in half. Don possessed a zest for life that radiated through his words and actions. His infectious laughter filled every room he entered, leaving a lasting impression on those fortunate enough to have crossed paths with him. In addition to his remarkable accomplishments and vibrant personality, Don served his country honorably in the Hominy Air Force National Guard Unit.
Don leaves behind a legacy of love and cherished memories. He will be deeply missed by countless individuals whose lives he touched. He is survived by his beloved wife, Linda, with whom he shared a lifetime of love and devotion. Together, they built a beautiful family that will forever carry his spirit. Don's legacy lives on through their three children: Mark Clemishire and his wife Debbie of Skiatook, Oklahoma; Steve Clemishire and his wife Mandy of Hominy, Oklahoma; Susan Powell and her husband James of Cleveland, Oklahoma. Don is also survived by his brother Toby Clemishire and his wife Susan of Hominy, Oklahoma; sister-in-law Garon Clemishire of Hominy, Oklahoma; eight adoring grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and friends who hold cherished memories in their hearts. In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his brother, Bobby Clemishire.
The graveside services to honor Don's life will begin at 2:00 p.m., Monday, September 25, 2023, at the A.J. Powell Memorial Cemetery in Hominy, Oklahoma. Chapman-Black Funeral Home will be handling the services. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made in honor of Don to the Hominy Fire or Police Department at 219 West 9th Street Hominy, Oklahoma, or the Osage County Sheriff's Office at 900 St Paul Ave, Pawhuska, OK 74056 or a charity of your choice. There is a memorial website for Don at www.chapman-black.com.
Donald Edward Clemishire lived a remarkable life filled with love, laughter, and countless memories. His legacy as a devoted husband, loving father, cherished grandfather, loyal friend, and accomplished professional will forever be etched in the hearts of those who knew him best. May his soul find eternal peace as his memory lives on in the hearts of those who loved him dearly.