Donald "Don" Anglin, beloved husband of Barbara Anglin and step-father to Lindsey Ross Lefort, departed earth into the arms of his LORD on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at his residence.in Port Neches.
Don was born on February 25, 1946, in Port Arthur, Texas, to his beloved parents Donald and Hildegard Anglin.
Don's career journey was diverse and filled with determination. He began his professional life at Bradley Auto Supply in Port Arthur before transitioning to a role as a mechanic at Weaver Scelerandi Auto Dealership in Port Arthur. He then became a Port Neches Police Officer, where he discovered his purpose to protect and serve his community. From there, a good friend, Harry Gardiner asked Don to go to work for Neches Butane Refinery which later became Texaco and later Huntsman. Utilizing his sharp mind and attention to detail to contribute significantly to the company, he then acquired and became a (CSP) Certified Safety Professional. Huntsman then sent him back to school for a Paralegal Degree to help further his duties for Huntsman. Eventually, Don pursued his passion for real estate and obtained his Real Estate License now employed with Remax in the Golden Triangle area, where he demonstrated his exceptional skills in sales. Don's personality and strong work ethic allowed him to thrive in this arena as well. He also built fences for a home builder in Beaumont; he donated and built the fence for St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Groves; he even dug water wells for neighbors and friends and he also donated and had the sign made for the Calvary Cemetery on 9th Avenue in Port Arthur. He was a “Jack of all Trades”.
Outside of work, Don was known for his remarkable ability to repair anything for friends, family and local nail technicians who would often bring their small broken appliances such as blenders, toasters and nail drills to The Nail Cottage, their place of business—and leave them stacked up for Don's skilled hands to mend. Don valued education and completed his studies at Thomas Jefferson High School in 1964. This foundation provided him with the tools necessary for lifetime success. Don also served his city again as a City Councilman for many years.
Don and the love of his life, Barbara; later became beekeepers and enjoyed taking care of them and harvesting the honey that they provided. They worshiped at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica in Beaumont. He and Barbara were Eucharistic Ministers; while attending St. Peter’s Catholic Church they served as coordinators for the sponsor couple and starting over in Christ programs; attended and coordinated retreats; as they were devoted to their FAITH and would do anything they could to help others achieve their ministry, faith and overall happiness in this world. Most of all, Don loved his family and friends. There was nothing Don would not do for his fellow man. He truly would give his shirt to anyone who needed it. Don was one of a kind; people loved him and in return he gave them his all; he was truly a good hardworking man with a “Big Heart”. We will miss you Don but you will never be forgotten.
He leaves behind a profound legacy that will be cherished by all those fortunate enough to have known him. Don's memory will forever be treasured by his surviving family members: his loving wife of forty years, Barbara Griffin Anglin of Port Neches; step-daughter Lindsey Ross Lefort of Port Neches; grandchildren Ross Lefort, Kate Lefort, and Lucas Lefort; Sister Haidee Tadora and her husband Ray and their son, Collin; Sister Hilde Atterberry and her husband Richard and their children, Joshua, Zachary, Adam and Daniel; brother Peter Anglin.
To honor Don's life and pay respects, a visitation will be held on Monday, February 12, 2024, from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM at St. James Catholic Church located at 3617 Gulfway Drive in Port Arthur, Texas. This will be followed by a Mass starting at 2:00 PM at St. James Catholic Church. All are welcome to join in commemorating the remarkable life of Don Anglin. Burial will then follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves, Texas.
Serving as Pallbearers will be Lucas Lefort, Ross Lefort, Peter Anglin, Adam Atterberry, Josh Gregg, Gary Leblanc, Jason Kelley and Justin Kelley. Honorary Pallbearers will be Joe Arisco and Patricia Jackson.
Don Anglin was an exceptional individual who touched the lives of many through his hard work, dedication, and fervent commitment to his family and careers. He will be fondly remembered as a loving husband, caring father, doting grandfather, and loyal friend. May his soul rest in eternal peace.