Donald Max Christie, Jr.

  • Born: January 22, 1946
  • Died: May 29, 2021
  • Location: Garland, Texas

Charles W. Smith & Sons Funeral Home

2343 Lake Rd.
Lavon, TX 75066

Tribute & Message From The Family

Donald Max Christie Jr. of Garland, TX, beloved father and brother passed away on May 29, 2021 in Dallas, TX. He was preceded in death by and will be reunited with his parents, Donald Sr. and Doris. Don was born in Hackensack, NJ on January 22, 1946. His father helped him find his lifelong love of bagpipes at a young age and would drive him into Canada every week to receive piping lessons. When Don relocated to Texas, he played with the North Texas Caledonian Pipes and Drums for several years. During his free time, he loved to teach others how to play the bagpipes.

Don was passionate about his career in teaching and taught for 29 years until he retired in 2004. Even after retirement, he couldn't stay away from teaching and spent several years as a substitute teacher. Throughout his career, he taught and inspired so many of his students with his love of science and conducting experiments.

Don is survived by his wife Flordeliza, and their children, Donald III and Annaliza, all from Garland, and his daughters, Cuyler and Laura of Madison, CT. Survived by his brother David and his children, Stacey and Tiffany. Survived by his sister Cheryl and her husband Morris Sr. and their children Cody, Morris Jr., and Jena.

If you gave Don the chance, he could talk to you for hours about his love of history, his heritage, and his family. He was well loved by his family and friends, and will be greatly missed.

A Memorial Service will be held at Charles W. Smith & Sons of Lavon, TX on Saturday June 5, 2021 at 2:00 PM.

Services entrusted to Charles W. Smith & Sons of Lavon, Texas


Condolence & Memory Journal

Don substituted for me and the kids always loved him. RIP Don. You were a very nice man.

Posted by Stacey Lawson - Coworker   June 07, 2021

Don and I have been great friends from our college years onward. We had a lot of good times, and stuck together through the good and the bad.
He always had a god word and a smile for everyone, and was well liked By all. His wonderful spirit of life, no matter what it handed Him, and His time given His friends will be sorely missed, as will our phone conversations over all of these years.
Fare You Well, Old Friend! We'll all miss You, but will take some comfort in the thought that
The Good Lord likes a little bag piping, too!

Posted by Patrick Velasco - Friend   June 03, 2021

I loved my brother so much. He was a wonderful big brother when growing up., we shared many memories. One of my favorites was riding with him and my parents to Canada so he could get bag pipe lessons and my parents and I walked down to Niagara Falls while he had his lessons. He was so strong in us faith and I loved him for that. He was an amazing person and loved his family so so very much.

Posted by Cheryl Joseph - Round Rock, TX - Sister   June 03, 2021