Donald Lee Hamilton, 85, of Tyler passed away on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Tyler. Mr. Hamilton, a retired claims superintendent for an insurance company, was born on Aug. 12, 1928, in Bloomington, Ill., to John E. and Zella May (DeVary) Hamilton.
He attended Southern Methodist University, receiving his bachelor's degree in business and law and was also a member of the Phi-Delta-Phi Fraternity. He married Dorothy Mae Smith on Oct. 3, 1948, in Athens, Ill. He served in the United States Marine Corps
during the Korean War
. He was a 44-year member of Christ Episcopal Church and a 40-year member of the Tyler Lion's Club. He was installed as the district governor in Tokyo, Japan, and served from 1978 to 1979. He was an avid reader and always had a book in his hand. He was a big fan of the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers and loved his casinos. He and Dorothy traveled to all 50 states, many foreign countries and went on 23 cruises. He sang in the church choir for 25 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife, Dorothy Mae Hamilton, of Tyler; daughters, Vickie Lynn and her husband Raymond Voss, of Clinton, Mont., DoAnn Marie Hamilton, of Bend, Ore.; brother, John Michael and his wife Doris Hamilton, of Ashmore, Ill.; and two grandchildren, Carrie Marie Voss and Andrew Hamilton Voss.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at Lloyd James Funeral Home, 1011 E. First St., Tyler, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at Christ Episcopal Church, 118 S. Bois D'Arc Ave., Tyler. Interment will be in Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the
, 1301 S. Broadway Ave., Tyler, 75701; the
, 3800 Paluxy Drive, Tyler, 75703; or Christ Episcopal Church, 118 S. Bois D'Arc Ave., Tyler, 75702.