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Donald Lee Cranford

Funeral services for Donald Lee “Don” Cranford, 72, of Pine Mills, TX are scheduled for 11 A.M. Friday, May 10 at the Hainesville Baptist Church with Brother Terry Davis officiating under direction of Lowe Funeral Home of Quitman. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service at the church. Graveside service will be held Saturday, May 11 at Rolling Oaks Cemetery in Coppell, TX at 10 A.M.

Don was born February 19, 1947 in Dallas, TX to Vernon Lee and Clara Mae Haverkorn Cranford and died May 6, 2019 in Quitman. He was a retired civil engineer working for the City of Dallas 24 years, Dallas County 12 years, and for the Texas Department of Transportation 5 years. Don earned his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and was a registered Professional Engineer. He graduated from Sunset High School in Dallas, was an Eagle Scout, and loved to fish, hunt, and build things.

Serving as pallbearers will be his grandsons Corbin Thompson, Logan Seals, Hadley Seals, Connor Hargrove, Mason Hargrove, Hunter Romer, and Jordan Verastique.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Rebecca Jean Cranford; and brother-in-law, Willis Dingess, Jr.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 43 years, Marsha Elaine Cranford, of Pine Mills; daughter Catherine Denise Cranford and spouse Andrea of Poplarville, MS; step-daughters Melanie Thompson of Flower Mound and Michelle Hargrove and fiancé Eric Burisky of Grapevine; step son, Russ Seals and wife Karen of Grapevine; sister Barbara Ruth “Bobbie” Dingess of Richardson; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Alma and Ronald Montgomery of Hot Springs, AR; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.


Hainesville Baptist Church
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    Mineola, Texas 75773

Funeral Service

Hainesville Baptist Church
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  • 3368 FM 49
    Mineola, Texas 75773

Graveside Service

Rolling Oaks Cemetery

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Carol and I just learned of Dons passing and would like to send our condolences to the Cranford family. Carol and I worked with Marsha for many years. Rick and Carol James

Rick and Carol James Oct 6 2019 12:00 AM

Don. Rest In Peace. Thank you for being such a great StepFather Grandfather , Great Grandfather . and taking such good care of Mom all these years. You are sorely missed. Hope you are catching some monster Bass in Heaven. We love and miss you.

Russ Seals Jul 3 2019 12:00 AM

We went to Sunset High school in Dallas & graduated together. Such a sweet and caring person. We reconnected through facebook and sent stuff to each other all the time. I am deeply sorry for his loss and praying for his family. Rest in peace my friend. ---Your Bison Buddy, Corliss (Rose) England

Corliss England May 13 2019 12:00 AM

My condolences to the family. You have my prayers for peace and comfort during this time. I was very blessed to know Don. The times I got to spend with him at TexITE were amazing. He was a blessing to our profession and to me personally. Always kind, Don was a great role model for me as I grew professionally. Though I haven't seen him in many years, I will always cherish my memories of his welcoming smile, quiet demeanor, and quick wit. Prayers for peace and comfort during this time.

Wayne Gisler May 10 2019 12:00 AM

Deepest sympathy to Marsha and prayers for the family.

Renee Parton May 9 2019 12:00 AM

My heart filled prayers go out to Marsha and her family. We at Dallas County are praying for you. Alberta

Alberta Blair May 9 2019 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathy to you, Marsha, and your family Praying for comfort and healing.

John & Terri Blackmon (Russell's sistet) May 9 2019 12:00 AM

Don was a great guy. I first met him when he was an Engineer with the City of Dallas. He was always cordial and professional. It was fun to meet him later as an illustrious member of that renowned Western Group "Tone Deaf." Don & Marsha were a GREAT couple! We are in prayer for comfort & strength for Marsha and their entire family. He will be missed very much, but I'm glad to have known such a person as Don.

Paul Lipscomb May 9 2019 12:00 AM

Our sympathy to all of you. Don was one of the good guys and we enjoyed his friend ship.

George and Marcia Schaller May 9 2019 12:00 AM

Dear sweet Marsha we are so sorry for your tragic loss. You and Don were always so loving to those around you. Our prayers and love are with you.

Don and Marilou Hicks May 9 2019 12:00 AM

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