Donald Ray Clute was born March 4, 1942, in Madison County, to W.L. and Mable Walrath Clute. He graduated from Madisonville High School in 1961 and attended Blinn Junior College. He died at home surrounded by family on Nov. 17, 2018.
Donald was preceded by death by his parents, W.L. and Mable Clute; a sister, Joan Rush; and a brother, Calvin Clute.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Peggy Waller Clute; his daughters, Lisa Clute of Austin and Jennifer Clute Ivy of New Braunfels; grandchildren, John Matthew Ivy and Mackenzie Ivy of New Braunfels; his sisters, Marie Nash and Tolbert Nash of Leona and Linda Carpenter and T.W Carpenter of Houston; a sister in-law, Pat Hayes of Conroe; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Donald retired as a security guard from Texas Department of Corrections in 1993. He spent his last 25 years doing what he loved most, refinishing antique furniture, woodworking, gardening, raising flowers, and cooking for family and friends. His pumpkin cheesecake was legendary. He was an excellent steward of the land, nurturing plants and animals and creating a sanctuary on his family’s homestead.
Over the years, Donald volunteered for several organizations. He served as a coach for girls softball, soccer, and basketball teams, and he was a founding director of the local Girls Little Dribblers organization.
A celebration of Donald’s life was held on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, with a graveside service at Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, friends may consider memorial donations to the Park Cemetery Association, 1558 Baker Lane, Madisonville, TX 77864.