Dr. Donald's Story
Dr. Donald J. "Doc" Reid, 78, passed away at his home in Commerce, Texas, on the morning of Sept. 15, 2016.
Don is survived by his wife, Patricia Campbell Reid; children Mark (wife Melinda) and Celia (husband Eric); grandchildren, Campbell and Rockney, all of Commerce; his sister, Rilda, and brother Jim of Rochester, N.Y.; and his brother, Gary of Eagleville, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his father, JJ Reid of Hillsboro, and his mother, Gladys Moore Reid of Commerce.
Don was born Jan. 29, 1938, in Whitney, Texas. He attended his own public Celebration of Life service on April 30, 2016, at First Baptist Church in Commerce. Don was a member of First Baptist and a longtime Sunday school teacher.
Don earned an M.S. in 1961 and Ph.D. in forage crops and soils in 1963 from Cornell University. Don worked for Shell Chemical Company, Michigan State University, and South Dakota State University. He started at East Texas State University in the fall of 1981 and retired from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2004.
Don spent his retirement years raising and showing Manchester terriers and in a very short time earned a national reputation. At one point, one of his dogs was the best female at the national Manchester show. He loved to support the Dallas area professional sports teams. Don also faithfully attended events to see his grandchildren perform.
There will be no further public events. The family would like everyone to know that contributions to the Don Reid Honorary Scholarship can be made to honor his memory. This scholarship was established in February 2014. Checks for the scholarship can be mailed to A&M-Commerce Foundation, PO Box 3425, Commerce, TX 75429. Contact Kim Jefferies at 903-886-5712 for more information or additional ways to donate.
Published on September 21, 2016