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Saye, Don R.

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April 21, 1934 - July 14, 2020

Saye, Don R.

Don Robert Saye, born April 21, 1934 in Vilonia, Arkansas to Robert and Martha Drought Saye, passed away peacefully at his home on July 14, 2020 in Richardson, TX at the age of 86 years.  Don was a class of 1952 graduate of Conway High School in Conway, Arkansas where he was the Future Tradesman of Arkansas, President of the Conway Chapter and also Vice-President of the State Chapter.  After graduating Don moved to California where he achieved his Real Estate License in 1959.  He then married the love of his life, Gloria “Gale” Glover, August 19, 1961.  They had 2 children, Malisa and Daren.  Don moved his family to Texas in 1979 to pursue his Real Estate Career.  He worked a majority of his life in Real Estate and part-time at the Home Depot where he retired in February of 2016.  Don was loved by many and known as the “Gentle Giant”.  He loved his family and always was a wonderful provider, Husband, Father, Papa and Great Papa.  He also loved the many family pets throughout the years and they all loved him.   He had a passion for serving in his church, always had a smile on his face and was always dressed to the 9’s. He believed in charitable donations and made many throughout his life.  In 2016 he experienced the great loss of his wife, Gale, of 54 years and in 2019 he lost his son, Daren at age 50.  Those left to cherish his memory include his beloved daughter, Malisa Saye, grandchildren, Danyell Reynolds (Mike) and Dana Saye, great grandchildren, Emma and Rhea Reynolds.  Many cousins and a multitude of friends.   A Memorial Service will be held in Don’s honor on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 11:00 am in the chapel of Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home (19310 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75252) with Jay Smith Officiating.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Don’s honor to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or the American Cancer Society.

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Kim Andrews

July 31, 2020 8:08AM

I feel blessed to have known your father, Malisa. He will forever have a special place in my heart. You remain in my prayers.

Stacy Stewart

July 30, 2020 4:19PM

Words can not express how sorry I am to hear that Donnie has passed away. A nicer, kinder more gentle man never ever existed. He will surely be missed.


July 30, 2020 6:57AM

So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to you and your family🙏🙏❤️

Marv Lewis

July 29, 2020 12:51AM

Thanks for your friendship to me and my family for 60 years. Rest in peace dear friend.

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July 28, 2020 8:26PM

What an incredible man and legacy. Beautiful family, prayers for blessings and prace for Malissa & her family.

Barbee Machado

July 28, 2020 4:25PM

He was a wonderful person. Thought the world of him. So sorry he is gone but now he is with Gale.

Karen Brown

July 28, 2020 8:06AM

The world has lost a great man. Don was the most kind and humble person I ever met. We worked together in real estate off and on for several years. He will be dearly missed. May all of those he left behind find comfort in the happy and meaningful memories.

Becky Martinez

July 28, 2020 4:32AM

He will be missed. I'm glade I got to know him. He did love his grand children and great grand children.

Robynn Ayers

July 27, 2020 11:34PM

Malisa, I pray that y’all know how very special your Daddy was to me. Y’all remain in our hearts & prayers. Much love always ♥️

Karen Gray

July 27, 2020 10:20PM

We knew the whole family for many years Don was the one that held the whole family together he was kind he was gentle and he was just a very trusting and loving father and husband he will be missed. He is going home now to be with his wife and God and his son.

Patt Brach

July 27, 2020 9:52PM

Oh my friend Don Saye. Thinking of you and sweet Gale always makes me smile. You were the best neighbors ever. How I cried when you left us for Texas. You are once again with your “Sugar”, and I hope you are finding people tp play pinochle with.
I love you Malisa 😘😘

Kathy Merrill

July 27, 2020 8:49PM

I had the honor of meeting this wonderful man on several occasions. I express my deepest sympathy to his family and friends 💜

Malisa Saye

July 27, 2020 7:22PM

Dad, I love you and miss you so much. No one can ever take your place and my heart will forever be empty. I know that you are where you want to be and I will see you again. Give Mom and Daren my love. I know you and Mom are dancing in Heaven. Thank you for being the Best Daddy Ever!!