James Donald Black, 75, passed peacefully from this life on Friday, May 18, 2018. He was born to Taylor and Mildred Black on September 11, 1942, in Abilene, Texas. Don attended Abilene schools, graduating from Abilene High School and going on to graduate from Texas Tech University. Don was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church in Wolfforth. We will gather for fellowship and remembrance from 6 to 8 PM Monday, May 21, 2018, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. Family and friends will gather to celebrate his life of 75 years on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at 2 p.m. at LakeRidge United Methodist Church.
Don was much admired man in the coaching world. He coached at Lubbock High, Lubbock Roosevelt, Post, and Corpus Christi Calallen before coming to Frenship in 1981. Don was Defensive Coordinator for 37 years before his retirement in 2010. In 2012 he was inducted into the Texas Coaches Association Hall of Honor.
Don is survived by his beloved wife Linda. Also surviving are his daughter Lacy Kastler and her husband Tom of Roswell, New Mexico, grandson Cody Kastler and wife Zanessa and their children Aiden, Arden, and Auburn, also of Roswell. Also surviving are his brother Bob and wife Billie Kay Black, of Marble Falls, sister-in-law Sue and husband Jim Sullivan of Abilene, and many adoring nieces, nephews, and a host of friends. Don never met a stranger and will be missed by everyone who knew him.