Donald Lee O'Banion Sr. was a loving and devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend, mentor and God-loving man. He went home to be with the Lord and his beloved wife of 37 years, Diana O'Banion, and his youngest son, Duane O'Banion, on Friday, Nov. 27, 2009.
Our father was born in Billings, Mont., on Aug. 11, 1941, and was one of 11 children. His father died while he was in his teens and our father took on the role that he continued the rest of his life. He was a loving and giving man, giving of his time, his hands and hard work, his finances, his guidance, his love and affirmations, and of his experiences. Our father was always available for any reason, with a smile and a word of knowledge, a word of hope, and even a word of correction. He stood for family, love, hard work, learning and growing, and for the Lord Our God.
He leaves behind four sisters, Lavone Kreb, Mary Kreb, Lois Batt and Vicki Archuleta; four living children, Dan (Heather) O'Banion, Don (Sherri) O'Banion Jr., Corina O'Banion and Doreen O'Banion; 18 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. More important than those of us left here on earth and the material possessions, and the stories and the memories that our father left behind, is the legacy our father has given our family and the generations of our families to come. This legacy started over 25 years ago when our father accepted the Lord Jesus Christ in his heart and the years of unconditional love and countless prayers that followed him and our mother was to see each of his children and countless family and friends to also come to know our beautiful Savior. Our lives have been forever changed by his obedience and prayers, and his love for our Lord. This type of love and giving our father showed every day of his live. He showed love and kindness, strength and growth, hard work and dedication. He showed that the love of Jesus covers a multitude. He was a father to those who had none, a grandfather to countless, a friend to one in need, and a giver beyond measure.
Although we will miss his stories and miss his everlasting smile, we will rejoice for him for he is with the Lord and his beautiful wife waiting for the day we will all be together again. And his family will continue on in his absence in the love and compassion we have seen brought forth in our father's life, in his actions, in his faith, in his stories, in his teachings, and in his smile. We are more than thankful - we are truly blessed. We love you, Dad.
The service will be at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at Kingman First Assembly of God, 1850 Gates Ave., Kingman, AZ 86401. Flowers can be sent to the church.