September 4, 1953 - June 2, 2013
Donald Gene Kemp, Jr. was born on September 4, 1953 and passed away on June 2, 2013. He graduated from Bishop Lynch High School and began his college career playing football at Wabash College in Indiana. He then attended The University of Texas in Austin and graduated in August of 1976. While at UT, he was a proud member of Phi Kappa Psi and there also met his beautiful bride Stephanie Ann Steffler. The two were married on August 21, 1976. Don then immediately began working at the family owned and operated Kemp Sheet Metal Works in Dallas where he managed the business with his father for over 40 years. Don also owned a martial arts studio called Kemp Academy and taught there for 5 years. He was a 3rd degree black belt in Hapkido and a 4th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Don was also instrumental in organizing the founding of Help Is Possible, a drug and alcohol recovery center. Don’s faith journey began at a young age and continued to shape and mold the people around him. For the past 10 years, he was an active member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.
Don was preceded in death by his father, Donald Gene Kemp Sr. and his mother Rita Maria Michalski. Don and Stephanie Kemp have two children, William Robert Kemp and Kathryn Anna Kemp. William is married to Heather Hensen Kemp.
Memorial Services will be held for Don Kemp on Thursday, June 6th at 11am with a luncheon to follow at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 4000 Midway Road, Carrollton, TX 75007.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Donald Kemp Memorial Fund. If you would like to support the family in this way, please make checks payable to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church with “Donald Kemp Memorial Fund” in the memo line. If needed, you may mail these checks directly to the church address above.
Arrangements are under the direction of ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home 19310 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75252, 214-306-6700.