Funeral Mass for Donald Lewis Haberle is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 2013, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Jacksonville. Rosary will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler.
Donald Lewis Haberle, age 74, joined his Heavenly Father Sunday evening, July 21, 2013, after battling lung cancer for four months. Don was born and raised in Jacksonville. He graduated from UT Austin in 1961. Soon after, he joined the Navy, and became a second lieutenant. While in the Navy he met and married Darlene Exely in 1962. He moved to Louisville, Ky., and raised his family while working as vice president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield. In 1990 he returned to his hometown of Jacksonville, acquired his teaching certification and worked for the state prison in Rusk. He married his second wife, Linda Smith, in 2004. He retired in 2005. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Don was passionate about his Catholic faith and spent much of his time in devout prayer, attending Mass, and reading about the life of Christ. His hobbies included wood carving and fishing with family and friends.
He was preceded in death by father, F.L. Haberle, of Jacksonville; first wife, Darlene Exely Haberle, of Louisville, Ky.; and mother; Ruth Webb Haberle, of Jacksonville.
He is survived by wife, Linda Smith Haberle, of Tyler; son, Michael Haberle and wife Kim, of Louisville, Ky.; daughter, Leigh Ann Maldonado and husband Robert, of Buda; sister, Marianna White and Dr. Raleigh White, of Temple; brother, David Haberle and wife Carol Ann, of Jacksonville; six grandchildren, Michael Haberle Jr., Tayler Haberle, Kristina Haberle, Nicolas Maldonado, Kara Maldonado, Aracely Maldonado; two stepchildren, Melody Wilson and Randy Smith; three stepgrandchildren, Sara Beth Wilson, Ross Smith, Ryan Smith; and nieces and nephews.
Family requests donations in lieu of flowers be made in Don's memory to The Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, 75701; or Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 1023 Corinth Road, Jacksonville, 75766.