Rev. Dr. Donald R. McClenny DM (Don) passed peacefully at Legend Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Greenville, Texas on October 4, 2017 at the age of 82.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Myrna F. McClenny of Greenville, TX; son, Lee Vincent McClenny and wife, Debbie of Crofton, MD; daughter, Katie Koleen (K.K.) Jones and husband, Russ of Rosanky, Texas; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; cousins; nieces & nephew.
Donald was born to J. K. McClenny and Viola Tucker McClenny on March 4, 1935 in Amarillo, Potter County, TX. He worked with his father until high school graduation – Amarillo High Class of 1954. Employed by Central Airlines and met Myrna F. McDaniel. Don honorably served our country in the USAF completing basic training at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, TX. Then, returning to Amarillo, TX to marry fiancée, Miss McDaniel on July 14, 1957. They honeymooned to his first duty station at McChord AFB, in Tacoma, WA. Continued USAF service to Anchorage, AK – Elmendorf AFB. Their first child, Lee V. McClenny, was born in December 1958. Their next station was in Suffolk County, Long Island, NY and daughter, Kerrie Jo McClenny was born in October 1960. Honorably discharged August 1961, he returned to former employer Central Airlines in the Dallas area. In May 1972, their second daughter Katie Koleen (K.K.) McClenny was born. Family resided in Irving, Texas for 11 years.
Answering call to Ministry in 1977, they moved to Cisco, TX as a full-time pastor in the Christian Church – Disciples of Christ. Don was awarded his Masters of Divinity from Texas Christian University Brite Divinity School and Ordained May 1983 while serving Magnolia Avenue Christian Church and on to serving two congregations Poteau First Christian & Pryor First Christian in OK. In addition, while in OK his successful completion of his Doctorate of Ministry was awarded from Phillips University.
Taking ill in 1987, Don resigned his pastorate and returned to North Texas. Residing in Greenville, TX, where he served as interim minister of several congregations as his health would allow until ending his earthly journey on October 4, 2017.
In life his giving spirit touched many. In passing he chose to continue his gift of life by donation of his body for study – Southwestern Medical School. Now, with his Heavenly Father, his spirit remains.
Join the family in a Celebration of Life Service – Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 2:30 PM at Wesley United Methodist Church, 1200 E Joe Ramsey Blvd, Greenville, Texas. Reception to follow.
The family would like to thank all the caregivers at Legend Healthcare & Rehabilitation and Vitas Hospice for their support, services, dedication and care during this journey.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be sent to American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, TCU – Divinity Scholarship Fund Mary Brouillette Brite Divinity School Advancement TCU Box 298130 Fort Worth, Texas 76129 https://www.brite.edu/give/memorialsandhonoraria/