Don William Wisdom

March 18, 1937 ~ January 31, 2018 (age 80)

Don William Wisdom was born at home on March 18, 1937, to William and Pauline Wisdom in Forde County, Texas, where his father farmed.  When he was in junior high school, the family moved to Quanah, Texas, when his father took over Pauline’s family farm.

Don graduated from Quanah High School. Don raised prize winning pigs in high school and tried his hand in the rodeo, competing in the Bucking Broncos division.  He was one of only two high school students who represented Texas in Future Farmers of America.  His high school ag teacher was a major influence in his life, and he decided to become an ag teacher also. After graduation, he attended Paris Community College then transferred to Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.  He worked on the college farm to pay for his studies.  Unfortunately, after completing his student teaching, he realized teaching was not his calling.  He graduated with a degree in secondary agriculture education and a minor in chemistry.

He accepted a job in Dallas with an insurance company as a claims adjuster.  His neighbor across the hall had a girlfriend who happened to have a younger sister, Virginia (Ginger).  Don found his vocational niche and the love of his life.  They married on August 31, 1961.

As Don advanced in his career, each promotion meant a move.  With two children in tow, Barbara and Bob, the family moved to Wichita, Kansas, then back to Dallas, then back to Wichita.  Living in St. Louis, New York City, Denver, Dallas and Atlanta culminated with Don retiring in 1998 as an Assistant Vice President for Royal Speciality Underwriting, Inc., a division of Royal and Sunalliance.

Don and Ginger chose to retire in Lafayette, Colorado, to be closer to family.  His relationship with Jesus Christ was evident in the way he lived his life and how he treated others.  Don was active in church, serving as a trustee.  He was also on the board for Buckhorn Camp and worked with Boulder United Methodist Mission Partners (BUMMP).  With BUMMP, Don and Ginger went on mission trips to Alaska, Costa Rico, Bolivia, Houston, as well as serving in local mission opportunities.

Don is survived by his wife, Virginia; his daughter, Barbara Hopkins of Lafayette, CO; son, Bob Wisdom of Broomfield, CO; grandson, Joseph Hopkins (Kristi) of Garden City, KS; granddaughter Debra Hopkins of Superior, CO; four great-grandchildren:  Daycen, Reid, Breckyn and Cole, and a brother Bill Wisdom of Greenville, TX.

A memorial service will be held at Mountain View United Methodist Church in Boulder, Colorado, on February 10th at 10:30 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to BUMMP in care of the family.

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