Don Royce Roark entered heaven’s gate on Friday, November 3, 2017, with a fly rod in one hand and a deer rifle in the other.
Visitation will be held from 6-8 pm, Monday, November 6, 2017 at Minton Chatwell Funeral Home in Panhandle. Celebration of life service will be held at 2 pm on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 in the First United Methodist Church of Panhandle. Private burial will take place at a later date.
Don was born in Amarillo, Texas on March 9, 1933 to Annie Lee (Townley) and James Hiram Roark. He graduated in 1951 from Paducah High School where he both boxed and played football. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War serving aboard the USS Saint Paul and the USS Stembel. Don married his high school sweetheart, Tommye (Kerr) on December 12,1954. Don worked at the Pantex Plant and also at the Clements Unit. They have been Panhandle residents since 1971. He was a fan of the Panhandle Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, and the Texas Rangers. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Panhandle, VFW, and Masonic Lodge.
He is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters; a brother; and a granddaughter.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Tommye; daughter, Renae Roark Haiduk and husband, Mark; son, Royce Roark and wife, Tammy; daughter, Ruth Roark Petty and husband, Dennis; grandchildren, Darci Roark Layman and husband, Jeremy, Cassie and Aspen, Annie Haiduk Ellis and husband, Tyler, Evey and Everett, Ryan Petty, Carly Haiduk and husband, Blaine Hall, and Ashley Petty.
In lieu of flowers his memory may be honored with a gift to the United Methodist Women, PO Box 549, Panhandle, Texas, 79068.
So sorry for your loss, God bless and rest his soul. Rest in peace, Don
Love and prayers to Great Aunt Tommye and family.
Brooke GrandeLansing, KS
I owe Don Roark so much. One thing he did was always take me home from VFW after the meeting was over in his pickup. I really appreciate that.
We have lost a dear neighbor and friend who could never be replaced. Our prayers are with all of you.
~Wayne and Jean Cox
Wayne and Jean CoxFrisco, TX
Sympathy to your family. I’ll always remember Don. He always had a smile on his face. A very sweet man.
He will be missed by so many.
Janie KotaraPanhandle,, TX
My thoughts and prayers are with the everyone as you go through this time. Lean on each other and your many friends. May God wrap His loving , healing arms around each and everyone of you and give you comfort.
Love yall.. Gwynn Burchett
Gwynn BurchettLubbock, TX
Patricia and Joe Don Brooks of Paducah extend our sincere condolences to Tommye Ann and all the family of Don. Our prayers are with you during this time.
Patricia BrooksPaducah, TX
Tommye and family I am so very sorry for your loss. Don was very special and I will never forget the time we spent together in Long Beach when Don and Frank were in the Navy. We all had some good memories. Tommye, I can relate with you at this time. Wish I could be there with you. God Bless you during this time and the days to come. Love you. Inez
Inez GroundsPearland, TX
I know y’all hear his all the time now, but he IS in a much better place than he was. Love you all.
Pat SwainLeavenworth, KS
Jim and I pray God's comforting love will surround you and keep you in the days and years ahead.
We love you all very much. Mr. Roark's smile speaks about what was in his heart...goodness, kindness and love.
Jim and Linda ConleeWellton, AZ
My heart is so heavy with you all as I remember so many grand memories growing up with Ruth in Panhandle. Spending time with Don and family in their home & @ band & sports events always was a joy as Don brightened a room with that smile and charm. Tommye,Ruth,Royce & Renae, I'm with you in spirit as I can't be there to hug your necks. I love you all dearly. May God & His mighty angels give you strength and a calming peace as you miss Don.
Jeannine P. Smith WendelNewcastle, TX
Praying God's arms wrap each of you with peace, comfort and strength to travel this road. The journey is long with ups and downs. Love each other well. Extend lots of grace to yourself and each other along the way. Blessings and love!
Sheila VitelaLubbock, TX
Rest in Peace Uncle Don.
Bruce KerrDallas, TN