Don Burch, 82, of Canadian, stepped into the arms of Jesus Tuesday, January 3, 2023, in Canadian.
Memorial Services will be 2:00 pm, Saturday, January 7, 2023, at the First Christian Church of Canadian with Matt Cook and Donald Hill officiating. Cremation and arrangements are under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Canadian.
Donald Wesley Burch was born June 25, 1940, in Amarillo to C.T. & Mildred Burch. He graduated from Amarillo High with the class of 1958 and remained a Sandies fan. Don married Eline Babitzke on December 29, 1962, following a blind date in September at the Tri-State Fair. They celebrated 60 years together. Don was a member of the NHRA where he set the 1/4-mile record in the class “A/R” in Pomona in 1962. A record that still holds today. He was one of the top 10 drag racers in the 1962 Hot Rod Magazine. Don was inducted into the Amarillo Motor Sports Hall of Fame in 2016. As a building contractor Don left his thumbprint on the Canadian and surrounding communities. Being highly skilled at his craft, many of Don’s customers became lifelong friends. He was a 4-H leader, Little League Coach for the Cardinals and a 32-year volunteer with the Canadian Volunteer Fire Department. He also loved to cook for his family and his community. Don was a dedicated Canadian Wildcat fan. He was also an avid fan of the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Cowboys. Don was a family man and loved to “brag” about those he loved. He was baptized as a child and was proud to rededicate his life to his Lord Jesus just recently.
Don was preceded in death by his parents C.T. and Mildred, a sister, Helen Jester; grandson, Andrew Burch and great granddaughter, Scout Sullivan.
Survivors include wife, Eline Burch of Canadian; 3 children: Monty Burch and wife Dinah of Hammon, OK, Ginger Webb and husband Buddy of Lipscomb, Kristi Brewer and husband Heath of Amarillo; 7 grandchildren: Jordan Sullivan and husband Jon Mark of Elk City, OK, Erin Davis and husband Andy of Cordell, OK, Faith Burch of Pampa, Susie Webb of Los Angeles, CA, Quincy Webb of Canadian, Jessica Rainey and husband Gideon of Oklahoma City, OK, Logan Brewer of Smyrna, GA and 3 great grandchildren: Sawyer and Quincy Sullivan and Knox Davis; 4 siblings: Richard Burch of Amarillo, Melba House and husband Bob of Amarillo, Ray Burch of Clarendon, Beverly Coker and husband Lonnie of Austin, and lots of nieces & nephews.
Memorials may be made to Canadian Volunteer Fire Department, 5 Main St, Canadian, TX 79014, Hemphill County Hospice, 1020 S. 4th, Canadian, TX 79014