Don Zahn, also known as DZ and Papa Don, passed away Monday afternoon, March 24, at his home at Possum Kingdom Lake surrounded by his loving family.
Memorial Services will be 10 a.m. Friday, March 28, at the Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Chapel. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Don was born Dec. 3, 1935, in Montague, Texas, to Pete and Mellie Zahn. They moved to Lubbock when he was at the age of 3. He served in the Army for two years.
Don married Ruth in 1960 and they were married for 53 years. He was in the paving business for 50 years, most of those years in Lubbock and eventually moved his business to Possum Kingdom Lake where he retired in 2010.
Don served two years on the board of the Possum Kingdom Chamber of Commerce. He spent many, many years of his life racing motorcycles and cars. Don and his family were members of The West Texas Boondockers motorcycle club for numerous years. He was a pilot for 40 years and had many different airplanes that he loved passionately!! He also loved riding his Seadoo around the lake and up the river and always had to be out front of all his friends!! He loved speed and loved anything fast.
Don is survived by his loving wife, Ruth, of Possum Kingdom Lake; son Rick Zahn and wife Debbie, of PK Lake; two daughters, Donna Beitel and husband James, of Bridgeport, and JoJo McKee and husband Mark, of Lubbock; a brother, Ronnie Zahn, of Lubbock; a sister, Shirley Myers, of Cotton Center, Texas; six grandchildren, Tasha Fontaine and husband Cody, of Weatherford, Ryan Zahn and wife Megan, of Mineral Wells, Beau Burgess, of Lubbock, Brooke Burgess, of Lubbock, Shelby Zahn, of Mineral Wells, and Ashley Hamilton and husband David of Perrin; three great-grandchildren, Maddie Fontaine, of Weatherford, Ryder Hamilton, of Perrin, and Ellie Zahn, of Mineral Wells; and three more great-grandchildren on the way this year.
Condolences may be left at www.bcbfuneralhome.com.