February 17, 1936 - November 2, 2015
Jerry Don Bell was born in Lamesa, West Texas, on February 17, 1936. He was one of six children born to Forrest and Ruby Bell. A cowboy at heart, he grew up on a farm ranch, where he developed a love of large animals. After serving several years in the U.S. Air Force to take advantage of the G.I. Bill, he attended the University of A&M, where he studied veterinary medicine.
Jerry Don taught at A&M and OSU, before becoming an officer in the U.S. Army in 1969. His military career, which encompassed nearly 25 years, took him around the world. Vietnam, Japan, Germany, Australia, New Zealand. He enjoyed his extended time in Hawaii. Aloha! He retired as a Lt. Colonel.
Jerry Don met and married his wife, Carol, while still at A&M. They had their first two daughters, fraternal twins Jeri and Sheri, while still in College Station. Their daughters Lisa and Dona followed shortly after. Jerry Don has six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He instilled a love of A&M in his grandson Nick, who is now in his junior year at A&M, studying chemistry. Whoop!
Jerry Don enjoyed a life-time love of running, tennis, gardening, and shooting guns at the range. He enjoyed practical jokes and harassing his favorite people. A beloved member of ParkwayHills Baptist church, he was very active with the 55+ group, the homeless ministry, Habitat for Humanity, and the church garden. He had a heart as big as Texas. Though we miss him very much, we are grateful that his passing was quick and that he is now with the Lord.
Jerry Don is survived by his daughters and his sisters Beth, Joyce, and Sue, and his grandchildren Hannah, Christy, Christian, Joshua, Nick, and Amanda, and his great grandsons Daniel and Gabriel.
A memorial celebration will be held at 2:30 P.M., Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at Parkway Hills Baptist Church 2700 Dallas Parkway, Plano, Texas 75093. Jerry will be laid to rest at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, November 5, 2015 following a committal service with full Army honors at Dallas-Ft. Worth National Cemetery 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75210.
Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252