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Donnie Pittman
Ellis County Newspaper
March 2003

Funeral services for Donnie Pittman, 63 year old rural Gage resident, were held Tuesday, March 11th, at 2:00 p.m. in the Gage School Auditorium. The Reverend Gary Flynt and the Reverend Jasper Overton officiated. Interment was in the Fargo Cemetery under the direction of Johnson's Good Samaritan Funeral Service of Woodward.

Donnie Ray Pittman was born August 9, 1939, north of Fargo, Oklahma to Arthur Ray and Mary Alice (Wisner) Pittman. He grew up on the faily farm north of Gage and graduated from from the Gage High School in 1957 and from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in 1961 with a degree in Business Education. On June 11, 1961 he married Deloris Smith at Fargo, Oklahoma. Donnie taught school at Nashville, Kansas for a year and Trupin, Oklahoma for seven years before returning to the family farm where he was raised in 1969. In addition to his farming and ranching operation, he taught school and was Elementary School Principal at Gage for 23 years, retiring from teaching in 1993.

Mr. Pittman was active in his community, serving on the Mooreland and Woodward/May Co-op Boards, The Farmers Home Administration Board, Ellis County Soil Conservation Board, the Mt. Olive Cemetery Associaton Board and various committees for the Production Credit Association. He had been appointed by Governor Nigh to serve on the State Textbook Committee. He sponsored at least fifteen senior trips. He had been instrumental in producing and publishing the Gage School History book. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gage and had served as Sunday School Director and teacher and loved to sing.

Donnie was known as a good neighbor to all, helping out whenever he was aware of a need. This kindness was returned to him during his illness with neighbors helping with various farming duties. Neatness was important to him and you would find his shop as clean and neat as his house. Teaching and raising cattle and wheat were his work and his love. Mr. Pittman died March 8, 2003 at the Woodward Regional Hospital.

He is survived by his wife, Deloris, of the home; a daughter and her husband, Dana and Marty Baker of Stillwater, Payne, OKlahoma; two sons, Gary Pittman and his wife Deborah, of Garland, Texas and Jarrell Pittman of Gage; a brother and his wife, Bill and Sue Pittman of Haszkell, Oklahoma; two sisters and their husbands, Arlene and Cecil Britton of Galena, Missouri and Rita and Ray Schoonover of Enid, Oklahoma; five grandchildren, Jacob and Jonathan Pittman, A. J. and Amanda Boyd, and Rachel Brown and other relatives.

Memorial donations may be made to the Gage First Baptist Church Building Fund or the Mt. Olive or Fargo Cemetery Associations.

Submitted by: Judy


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