Share This Obituary


Daniel O. (Don) Newsom 83, died peacefully at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Lesley King in Chriesman, Texas on October 31, 2016. Don was born May 19, 1933 in Marlow, Oklahoma. Growing up in Norman, Oklahoma, he achieved in numerous ways; while at the same time, enjoying activities with classmates, friends, and family. He was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church.

From an early age Don distinguished himself through his intellect, positive attitude, drive, determination, and concern for others. He was blessed with a strong work ethic, quick wit, and good looks! Along with the summer jobs, Don combined his love for anything with wheels (bicycles, motorcycles, and cars) as he threw many daily newspapers, at the early age of 15. Sometimes this required early morning paper routes in Oklahoma's cold, icy winters.

Gradating May 1951 from Norman High School, Don served in a variety of areas: Sr. class president, member of the State and National Honor Societies, member of the Christian Youth Organization; as well as participation in choir, the theater arts program, and sports. For several summers, along with other jobs, he took part in a management training program for the International Harvester Company in Chicago, Illinois.

Continuing his love for work, study, and school, in 1957 Mr. Newsom received a B.A. of Science degree from the Oklahoma University School of Engineering achieving success again in a number of areas: vice-president and president of the Young Men's Christian Association, member of the Union Activities Board, school newspaper, and participated in intramural sports. He also served as secretary-treasurer of the Society of Industrial Engineers, and enjoyed his membership in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He was president of the Air Command Squadron, and was recognized as one of four, out of a class of thirty-five ROTC Cadets as a Distinguished Military Graduate.

He lived in the Houston area since the late 1950's, with most of those years in the Spring Branch area. In June of 1962, Don went to work as a safety engineer, then completed requirements for his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Houston Law School night program and received his license to practice law by the Supreme Court of Texas. He worked for the T.D. Smith Law Firm before opening his own private practice in downtown Houston, where he continued to practice for many years. During those same years, he belonged to the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity, the American Judicative Society, the State Bar of Texas, American Bar Association, and was recognized for his pro bono work provided through the Houston Volunteer Lawyers' Program.

No one enjoyed hunting and fishing and loved outdoor activities any more than Don. Vacations called for visiting the deer leases, or going fishing at Morgan's Point, Surfside, Deep River Plantation, and later San Luis Pass, where he invited friends and family to enjoy the family beach house. While his children were young, they enjoyed sharing time at the family farm in Oklahoma watching the cattle and wildlife. He also experienced many travels and gratifying cruises As his health failed and he moved to his daughter's farm in Chriesman, Texas he found that same love and devotion repaid as she and her husband loved and cared for him during the onset and years with Alzheimer's disease.

There was nothing Mr. Newsom loved more than his family and friends. He was a devoted and caring husband, father and grandfather. They all shared many happy memories together with Don. His infectious smile warmed their hearts and his witty humor brightened the day for those around him. He respected and treated friends and clients in the same manner aspiring to treat them fairly, honestly, and with dignity. He will be missed by all who loved him dearly!

Daniel was preceded in death by his parents Edwin and Frances Newsom, sister Winona Ruth Newsom, niece Janet Turner, and sister-in-law Sondra Newsom.

He is survived by his son Jed Newsom and wife Melinda of Houston, daughter Cindy King and husband Lesley of Caldwell, brother, Edwin Keith Newsom of Norman, OK., sister Mary Jane Cooling and husband Robert of Baytown; 16 grandchildren: Chad and Kristi Bellah, Michael and Christian King, Stephanie King, and Justin and Morgan King, Jeremy and Tiffany Tollefsbol, Julia Newsom, Steve and Jennifer Holmes, Ethan, Emily, Erica and Evan Martin-McKamie; 13 great-grandchildren: Max, Britton, Carson, Hagen, Hunter, Jaxson, Tyler, Hudson, Cooper, Taylor, Travell, Jayden, and Aubrey; nephews and wives: Glen and Deborah Grisham, and Alan and Melody Grisham; niece: Joy Bielamowicz and husband Tim; great nieces: Randi Brack and husband Charlie, Chelsea and Lindsey Bielamowicz; great-great nieces: Layla and Sawyer.

Many blessed thanks to Traditions Hospice, we also want to especially thank Jo Bostic and Sandra Terry, who enjoyed and lovingly cared for him. Also, Dr. Leubner, the nurses and staff at Healthpoint Clinic, and the nurses at Caldwell CHI St. Joseph Hospital. And last of all, our caregivers Krystle Price, Shannon Meadors, and Cynthia Schultz for being there for us and their love and support when we were in need.

A Celebration of Don's Life with family and friends was led by The Reverend Dr. Robert J. Moore, at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 12, 2016, in the chapel of Waltrip Funeral Directors, 1415 Campbell Road in Houston, Texas. Don was laid to rest at a private family service.

In lieu of flowers, the family expressed their appreciation for memorial contributions in Don's name, being directed to the Alzheimer's Association.