Donald Chaffin

01/15/1935 –

 10/31/2021

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  • Memorial Service
Date: 11/03/2021
Time: 2:00 pm
 – 3:00 pm
Southcrest Baptist Church

3801 South Loop 289, Lubbock, TX 79423

3801 South Loop 289, Lubbock, TX 79423

Obituary

The family of Donald Chaffin will celebrate his life of 86 years at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, at Southcrest Baptist Church.  He passed on Sunday, October 31, 2021.  We invite you to view the live-streamed service on this page.

Don Chaffin was born in Stephens County, Oklahoma and raised in the town of Rush Springs, and was a 1953 graduate of Rush Springs High School. It was in Rush Springs that Don met, courted, and wed the love of his life, Oleta (Phillips) Chaffin. The two were married on February 13, 1954, and raised three kids together—Lon, Donna, and Eric. At the time of Don’s passing, he and Oleta had been married for 67 1/2 years.

It was early on in their marriage that God issued a call to pastoral ministry to Don. He was ordained to the Gospel ministry by Vimy Ridge Baptist Church in Rush Springs on September 11, 1955. In preparation for ministry, Don earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1957 and a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1961.

Over his nearly forty-two years in pastoral ministry, Don pastored churches in Oklahoma and Texas, including Vimy Ridge Baptist Church, Rush Springs, OK; Southern Baptist Chapel, Alex, OK; Immanuel Baptist Church, Lawton, OK; First Baptist Church, Snyder, OK; First Baptist Church, Seymour, TX; First Baptist Church, Guymon, OK; First Baptist Church, Gore, OK; Southern Baptist Chapel, Alex, OK (for a second time).

During his eight-year tenure as pastor of First Baptist, Guymon, Don led the church to expand its television ministry from a weekly, one-hour live broadcast to twenty-four, seven-day per week full-time programming. In 1978, and again in 1980, Don received certificates of excellence from the Radio & Television Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. He also served as the President of Ministers in Broadcasting in 1983.

While in Guymon, Chaffin was also instrumental in the creation of a seminary extension program for Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he taught Principles and Practices of Preaching.

As a pastor, Don had a heart for both local and foreign missions. While in Guymon, he received a special certificate of recognition from the Foreign Mission Board (now International Mission Board) for his work done in far eastern countries.

Don served as director of Sooner Alcohol Narcotics Education (or “SANE”), from 1983 to 2000. During this time, he was a guest speaker for ten consecutive years at Falls Creek children’s camp and for nine consecutive years at Falls Creek youth camp. During his eighteen-year tenure as director of SANE, Don’s educational work was frequently coupled with the evangelistic ministry, conducting crusades in churches all over Oklahoma and North Texas. His eighteen years “inSANE” (as he jokingly called it) included speaking thousands of times in schools, summer camps, churches, and civic organizations.

During his years as both pastor and director of SANE, Don published a number of works, including the drug-alcohol education booklets, “The Finished Product,” “Drinkin’ Thinkin’” “God’s Word on Wine and Other Drugs,” “Getting Positive About the Negative,” “Principles By Which We Live,” and “An Ounce of Prevention.” His evangelistic and pastoral booklets included “Souls in Your Hands,” “Souls in God’s Hands,” and “Baptist Beliefs.”

Don was actively involved in denominational and associational work in both Oklahoma and North Texas. He served two four-year terms on the executive board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas (a.k.a. Texas Baptists). Additionally, he served a four-year term on the executive board of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. Don also served as a preacher at the Oklahoma Pastor’s Conference in 1978 and was elected First Vice-President of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma in 1980. That same year, he served as camp preacher in the morning services at Falls Creek Baptist Assembly’s annual youth camp.

Other denominational service includes preaching engagements to Ministers of Worship at Music Week at Glorieta Baptist Conference Center and preaching at the Oklahoma Baptist State Convention in 1984 and 1987. Don served on a number of committees with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, as well as serving as chairman of evangelism in regional Baptist associations in both Oklahoma and Texas on a number of occasions.

In Don’s latter years of ministry, he became a much sought-after humorist and after-dinner speaker, and was often referred to as “Oklahoma’s Hero of Humor.” After nearly 60 years of public ministry, Don retired in 2013 and moved to Lubbock, Texas.

Don loved to paint. Before answering God’s call to pastoral ministry, he had studied art at Central State University in Edmond, Oklahoma. Don became proficient in painting as a young man then returned to this beloved hobby in his retirement years. His preferred method of encouraging a church member was to gift them with one of his original works.

Don was preceded in death by his father, Wade Chaffin, and mother, Margie Chaffin (of Rush Springs, Oklahoma), and his sister, Wanda Hix (of Lawton, Oklahoma).

Don is survived by his wife of 67 years, Oleta; by his brother, Jim Chaffin (of Rush Springs) and Jim’s wife, Linda; by his children, including his son Lon Chaffin, and wife Susan (of Las Cruces, New Mexico); his daughter Donna (of Lubbock); son Eric and wife Kristi (of Lubbock); and by his grandchildren Bethany Bernardo and husband Miguel (of Lubbock); Dustin Chaffin (of Phoenix, Arizona); as well as Ryan Chaffin, Ben Chaffin, Katie Chaffin and Luke Chaffin (of Lubbock). Don is also survived by three great-grandchildren, Barnabas, Jonathan, and Evie Bernardo, and by a number of beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.

His family and friends are rejoicing that Don is now in the presence of his beloved Savior, Jesus Christ.

 

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