Donald Lybrand
Donald Lybrand
    Funeral services for Donald Robert Lybrand, 73, of Lamesa, will be held on Friday, May 18, 2018, at 2:00 p.m., at Northside Baptist Church with Aaron Lybrand and Roy Byrd officiating.
    Interment will follow at Dawson County Cemetery under the direction of Branon Funeral Home.
    Don passed away on Friday, April 27, 2018 in Lamesa. He was born on May 18, 1944 to the late H.H. (Slim) and Marie Lybrand in Lamesa.
    The family will receive friends on Friday, May 18, 2018, from 12 noon until 1:30 p.m., at the Northside Baptist Church.
    A life-long resident of Lamesa, Don was active in baseball as a left-handed pitcher – first baseman for the Kiwanis Little League team, the Lybrand Butane Pony League team, and for the Lamesa High School Tornadoes, who played in the 1961 State tournament. He was also member of the 1961 District 3AAA Champion and defending 1960 3AAA State Championship basketball team. Don graduated high school in 1962.
    Even as he participated in these sports, his love for flying, which surfaced at age 16, led to his life-long profession. On June 4, 1962 Don earned his pilot’s license and during the next 55 years and six months he logged an estimated 31,475 hours of flight time. He flew Ag spray planes (mainly his Pawnee and Thrush) and many different model single and multi-engine piston and turbine powered general aviation aircraft. During his association with Johnson Flying Service and later, Don Lybrand Flying Service, he provided low level aerial application of herbicides and insecticides on various crops being grown by farmers in Dawson and surrounding counties.
    Don also flew many individuals, politicians, collegiate coaches, and business owners to destinations across the United States. Don was known to provide flights on short notice for individuals to visit relatives, for doctor appointments, attend funerals, and such. His dedication and adherence to safety and flight details were well known and documented by his impeccable safety record. Don was more at home in the cockpit than in his hangar, office, or pickup.
    Don is preceded in death by his parents; and long-time business partner, Larue Johnson.
    He is survived by his loving family, including his brother and wife, Bennie and Carole Lybrand of Tyler, Texas; nephews and wives, Keith and Lydia Lybrand, Whitehouse, Texas and Phillip and Jan Lybrand, Trinity, Texas; grand nieces and husbands, Kaley and Lt. JG Matthew Dean, Jacksonville, Texas; and Kelsey and J.W. Gonzales, Onalaska, Texas; grand nephews and wives Aaron and Amie Lybrand, Kingwood, Texas; Josh and Taylor Lybrand, Tyler, Texas; Kevin and Betsy Lybrand, Jacksonville, Texas and seven great grand nephews and nieces.  
    The family would like to express appreciation and gratitude to Terry Stogner, Roy Byrd, BeeHive, Lamesa, caregivers and administrators, and Hospice of the South Plains nurses and administrators for the loving care and support they provided.
    Pall bearers will be John Dell Barron, Buddy Dyer, Blaine Middleton, Ronnie Payton, Ray Stephens, and Terry Stogner.
    In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to BeeHive No. 1, 109 N. 21st St. Lamesa, TX 79331 or Hospice of the South Plains, 4413 82nd St., Suite 135, Lubbock, TX 79424.  
    To send condolences online, please visit www.branonfuneralhome.com.
– Press-Reporter obituary services