DONALD WAYNE THEUS
Victoria – Don W. Theus passed away on Sunday, April 1, 2018 at the age of 78.
He was born on December 1, 1939 in Victoria, Texas to the late L.C.Theus, Jr. and Madlen Wilmer Hiller.
Don attended St. Joseph’s High School and graduated in 1957. He joined the US Army in 1958 and proudly served his country in Germany. After being discharged in 1961, he joined Union Carbide and worked there for 39 ½ years retiring in 1998. His specialty was safety and he was an Emergency Medical Technician. He loved his fire fighting, attending and training at Texas A & M Fire School for over 35 years with Carbide and then on his own time in the summers after retirement.
After retiring he worked with the State of Texas in Emergency Management with FEMA. He attended or taught for 45 years at the Texas A & M Fire School, receiving the Henry D. Smith Award for instructor of the year.
With Carbide, he was awarded the Chairman’s Award for his dedication to the safety program.
Don was a Mason, 32nds Degree Scottish Rite and a member of Al Amin Shrine Temple in Corpus Christi.
He loved to cook, dance and fish.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Jean Gossett Theus of Victoria; daughters Terri Lyn (Glenn) Mason of Victoria, Deborah (Royce) Laine Moran of Victoria and Robin Leigh Theus of Dallas; sister Doris Mae Anton of Dallas; grandchildren, Sean Michael Erickson of San Diego, CA., Paige Moran of Victoria, Coy Skipper of Dallas, Carly Moran of Victoria, Autumn (Oscar) Skipper Martinez of Dallas and one great grandson Oscar J. Martinez.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Grace Funeral Home. Graveside service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at Memorial Park Cemetery with Deacon Ed Molina officiating. Burial with military honors under the auspices of the Victoria County Veterans Council, AL, CWV, VFW, DAV, MCL, MOWW, EX-POW, MOPH, VVA, and KWV will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Ron Theus. Charles Hermes, David Ozuna, Royce Moran, Glenn Mason and Todd Pfuhl. Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Carr, Fred Hellyer, Sean Erickson and Geoffrey Coy Skipper.
Memorial donations may be made to Shriners Children’s Hospital, Hospice of South Texas or Brayton First Instructor Memorial Donation Fund.
Condolences and memories can be shared at www.gracefuneralhome.net. Services are under the direction and personal care of Grace Funeral Home.