Donald (Donnie) Alvin Moorman was born in Perry, Oklahoma on July 31, 1937 to Alvin Clarence and Lou Emma (Kinney) Moorman. Donnie passed away on April 25, 2021 at home on the family ranch near Durham, Oklahoma at the age of 83 years, 8 months, and 25 days.
Donnie was married to Patricia Marie Dobson on December 4, 1956 in Coyle, Oklahoma and celebrated almost 60 years of marriage before Patti preceded him in death on July 24, 2016. Donnie attended Coyle High School and graduated in 1955. He also attended Oklahoma State University before he and Patti moved to Wichita, Kansas where he worked for Boeing Aircraft as a machinist. He and Patti returned to Stillwater, Oklahoma following the birth of their first child. Donnie drove a bread truck and Patti was a homemaker. They then moved to Reydon, Oklahoma in the early part of 1959 after the birth of their second child. He and Patti both worked for Dobson Telephone Company, a company founded by Patti’s parents. During the early years at the telephone company, Donnie installed telephones and Patti operated the switchboard. Donnie and Patti moved back to Stillwater briefly where they had their third child in 1960. Donnie and Patti eventually moved to Cheyenne, Oklahoma in the spring of 1963 where they lived for almost 30 years. All three of their children graduated from Cheyenne High School.
Donnie served on the Cheyenne Board of Education and was a member of his local Kiwanis Association. He was also strong supporter of FFA and 4-H at Cheyenne schools. Donnie was also an avid sportsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He and Patti loved to travel, and enjoyed frequent fishing trips with their longtime friends, Charles and Geraldine Bowers.
Finally, after his retirement as plant manager from Dobson Telephone Company, Donnie turned his full attention to farming and ranching. He and Patti purchased a ranch north of Cheyenne in 1992 where they later built Patti’s dream home. Donnie owned and operated Moorman Cattle Company and enjoyed driving through the pastures and counting/feeding cattle, something he did for the last time just a few days before he departed this life.
Donnie relished his role as a grandfather and great grandfather. Donnie always had a sip of root beer or bite of chocolate pudding ready to share with the grandkids. It was not unusual to see Donnie checking on cattle or driving a four-wheeler with any number of his grandchildren along for the ride. Donnie is remembered as a hard worker, who loved to work on the farm/ranch from sun up to sundown. Over the years, he employed and worked with dozens of young men and women who he most surely regaled with many tall stories of his farming and ranching experiences often using his vast vocabulary of colorful language. He was a longstanding and beloved member of the farming and ranching community in western, Oklahoma.
Donnie is survived by his three children, Melisa Lou Moorman of Durham, Oklahoma; Donald “Craig” Moorman and his wife, Sandie, of Leedey, Oklahoma; and Anita Marie Moorman and her partner, Alison Miner, of Louisville, Kentucky. Donnie is also survived by four grandchildren, Miranda Moorman of Alamogordo, New Mexico; Oscar Holloway of Durham, Ok, Hannah (Holloway) Fox and her husband Chad Fox of Durham, OK; and Mason Moorman of Stillwater, OK; and by three great grandchildren, Cody Fox, Cash Fox, and Colt “Donald” Fox. Donnie is also survived by his brothers, Robert “Bob” Moorman and his wife, Pat, of Coyle, Ok; and Larry Moorman and his wife Galene, of Perkins, Ok; and a host of relatives and friends in and around Cheyenne, Durham, and Coyle Oklahoma. Donnie was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia, his parents, Alvin and Lou Emma; and three brothers, John Guy Moorman, Larry Phillips, and James Phillips.
The family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Cheyenne Education Foundation in memory of Donnie Moorman.
Funeral services will be held Monday, May 3rd, 2021 at 2:30 P.M. at the Cheyenne United Methodist Church officiated by Pastor Alex Costea. Burial will immediately follow at Cheyenne Cemetery under the direction of Chris Whinery and the staff of Affordable Cremation Service-West. Condolences can be made online at www.classicfunerals. com