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Donald Lee Vincent was born in Shattuck, OK on August 10, 1932 to L.A.W. Vincent and Anna Lois (Coleman) Vincent. Don passed away in Oklahoma City on October 19, 2015. He was the second child of the family and was delivered by the late O.C. Newman, who was a neighbor of his maternal grandparents, Lee J. and Ollive Coleman. Don (better known as “Big D”) grew up in the Arnett area with his three sisters where he attended school and assisted his father in farming, ranching, and the automobile business. He was active in sports, band, and 4H. His father, Lloyd, spent several years on the Oklahoma Wildlife Commission as a commissioner and was instrumental in the building of Lake Vincent located southwest of Shattuck. After the untimely death of Don’s mother, Don’s father married Lela Mae Miller. Lela Mae (“Granny” as she was affectionately known) was instrumental in raising Don and contributed many of his traits, including an enduring positive outlook on life. While at Oklahoma A&M, Don met his future wife (Emily Victor) when an alphabetical seating arrangement put them next to each other for a class in A&M’s original building, Old Central. They married in 1954, shortly after Emily completed a secondary education degree. Don and Emily shared many interests as Emily’s family was also involved in farming and ranching in Afton in northeast Oklahoma. Emily’s father, James Y. Victor, also served as United States Marshal in the Tulsa District for two terms under the Eisenhower Administration. Don and Emily relocated to Ft. Worth, TX after finishing their degrees at Oklahoma A&M. Don was in the U.S. Air Force at Carswell Air Force Base when their first son, Mike, was born. Don served in the Air Force and the Air Force Reserve for a period of eight years, resigning with the rank of Captain. Upon release from the Air Force, he took at position with Amoco Production Company where he worked as a roustabout, warehouseman, and accountant. Most of his employment with Amoco was in Oklahoma City. While in Oklahoma City, sons Mark and Brad were born. The family relocated to Shattuck in 1961 where all three sons received their elementary and high school education. Emily taught fourth grade at Shattuck Elementary for 20 years after Mike, Mark, and Brad completed high school. While in Shattuck, Don was the Chevrolet and Pontiac franchise dealer at Vincent Motor Company until 2001. Don was active in the First Christian Church where he served as an Elder. Don was also involved with the Chamber of Commerce, Joppa Masonic Lodge, Guthrie Scottish Rite Bodies, Oklahoma Automobile Dealers Association, National Automobile Dealers Association, Shattuck Golf Club, Oklahoma State University Wagon Wheel Club, and the OSU POSSE Club. Don’s favorite hobby was golf where he was active in the local club until relocating to Oklahoma City in 2010. Don was one of the founding board members of the Shattuck Golf Club, serving on the board as the golf course transitioned in 1969 from cottonseed hull greens to the present grass greens facility. Two of his highlights on the golf course came with winning the Club Championship in 1974 and scoring a hole-in-one on the 8th hole of the Shattuck course in 1980. Don was preceded in death by his father (L.A.W. Vincent), mother (Anna Lois), stepmother (Lela Mae), and sisters Ann Word and Gayle Smriga. Don’s wife, Emily, also preceded him in death in 2006. Big D is survived by his sister Ginger Rich of Albuquerque, NM and three sons. Mike Vincent is a pediatrician in Oklahoma City and practices at Northwest Pediatrics near Mercy Hospital. Mark Vincent is a dentist with his practice in Mustang, OK, and Brad Vincent is an executive vice president in commercial banking at Bank of Oklahoma in Tulsa where he resides with his wife, Janet. Don and Emily are also survived by four grandchildren. Michelle Vincent Parker and BreAnne Vincent reside in Dallas. Michelle is married to John Parker with three children: Brooks, Aubrey, and Caroline. Brooke Vincent resides in Tulsa. Drew Vincent is married to Maggie England Vincent with one daughter: Reagan. Drew lives in Mustang. In lieu of flowers, the Vincent family requests that gifts be donated to the Don and Emily Vincent Endowed Scholarship Fund through the Oklahoma State University Foundation at www.osugiving.com. Gifts may also be provided to the First Christian Church of Shattuck. Funeral Services will be held Friday, October 23, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Shattuck, OK with Terry Longan officiating, Kay Boomer was the pianist, and Angela Moore was the Soloist. Casket Bearers were Drew Vincent, Chad Smriga, Ryan Longhofer, Brenton Longhofer, Interment was in the Shattuck Memorial Cemetery with the Military Funeral Honor team from Altus AFB concluding the service, services were under the direction of the Mason Funeral Home of Shattuck, Ok .
Published on  October 31, 2015
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