Donald S. “Don” Ptacek
Donald Shipley “Don” Ptacek, 83, of Beaumont Texas went home to be with his Lord and Savior August 25, 2022. Don was born July 22, 1939, in Baytown Texas to Julius Vince Ptacek and Ruth A. Ptacek.
Don graduated from Robert E Lee High School in 1957 where he lettered in football. After graduation he attended Del Mar College on a football scholarship for two years. Don then went to Lamar to play three more years of football where he was Tri Captain of the 1961 Tangerine Bowl Championship Team. While at Lamar he met his wife, Kay, after earning his degree in Education and Business he coached high school football and girls’ basketball.
With the birth of their first son, Randy Ray, and second son, Terry Ryan, he decided to step away from coaching to be able to spend more time with their sons and coach them as they mature.
He went into the insurance business with New York Life for a number of years. Don then had the opportunity to head up a Financial and Insurance department for a local auto dealership, later going into sales where he spent over thirty years until his retirement.
He loved coaching his sons and their friends for years and when his granddaughter Morgan began playing softball, he also coached her.
Don was an active wade fisherman and was known as the Fish Whisperer of Crystal Beach. He loved playing golf with his golf buddies each week. In June of this year, Don welcomed his first great-grandson Bryan Beaver by his oldest granddaughter Katherine. In recent years he enjoyed supporting Lamar Women’s Softball and Basketball teams. Don was a member of Calder Baptist Church where he served on different committees.
Left to cherish Don’s memories are his wife, of sixty-two years, Kay LeBlanc Ptacek; son, Randy Ray Ptacek and his wife, Kim; granddaughters, Katherine Beaver and her husband, Kaleb; Morgan Ptacek; great-grandson, Bryan Beaver; special cousins, Sheryl and Pat Shepherd and their children Kayla and Colson Shepherd, whom Don thought of as his own grandchildren; and numerous cousins.
Don is preceded in death by his parents and son, Terry Ryan Ptacek.
Memorial contributions may be made to Calder Baptist Church, 1005 North 11th Street, Beaumont, Texas 77702, or Some Other Place, 590 Center Street, Beaumont, Texas 77701.
A gathering of Mr. Ptacek’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 31, 2022, at Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. His funeral service will be 1:00 p.m., Thursday, September 1, 2022, at Calder Baptist Church, 1005 North 11th Street, Beaumont, with his interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont.
Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard’s Mortuary McFaddin Ave.
- 2000, Mcfaddin Avenue, Beaumont, Texas, 77701,
- August 31, 2022
- 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Calder Baptist Church
- 1005, N 11th St, Beaumont, TX, 77702,
- September 1, 2022
- 1:00 pm
Forest Lawn Memorial Park
- 4955, Pine St, Beaumont, TX, 77703,
- September 1, 2022