Don Gammill

Don Gammill



Don Gammill passed away unexpectedly at his home in Edmond, OK on November 28th, 2017 at the age of 65. Don was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and most of all, he was an incredible friend.

Don’s journey began on November 12th, 1952 in Ponca City, OK. Born to Irene Gammill-Hazen and ZL Gammill, he was an only child. After his father passed, he was blessed with a loving step-father and lifelong mentor, Bob Hazen. Don grew up in Ponca City and attended Ponca City High School, where he met his sweetheart, Becky, both attending the graduating class of 1971. He attended Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa, married the love of his life in 1974, and finished his degree at Central State University in Edmond, graduating class of 1975. Don studied journalism and pursued his writing career for many years before changing paths and venturing into real estate.Gammill Obit Pic

During his journalism career, he was recognized and given many awards for his work. He taught News Room 101, and enjoyed working with high school students to further develop their skills. He also kept a weekly column in the paper, and enjoyed spending his free time reading and researching many topics to further educate himself.

Don and Becky were able to spend 43 years together celebrating their marriage, and poking fun at each other about the plastic wedding ring he got out of a gum ball machine and gave to her so many years before putting a real diamond on her finger.

Don enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, and most of all, his pup Evie. He was an avid sports fan, favoring the OU Sooners and the Oklahoma City Thunder. He loved to tell fart jokes, and tell stories about his childhood, and his life as a father and as a grandfather.

Don is survived by his spouse, Becky Gammill, son, Bryan Gammill and wife, Kristy Gammill, his grandchildren, Sydney, Liam, Anna, and Caleb, his new great-grandson, Madden, and sweet loving dog, Evie, along with many other family members and friends.

He was predeceased by his father, ZL Gammill, his mother, Irene Hazen, and step-father, Bob Hazen.

The memorial service will be held on December 3rd at 2:00pm.

Matthews Funeral Home

601 S Kelly Ave. Edmond, OK

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.

24 thoughts on “Don Gammill”

  1. Becky, Bryan, and family,
    I am very sad to read of Don’s passing. I always had respect for him when I lived next door. He was always one for a great laugh! Prayers of comfort for your family.

  2. To Don’s friends and family:

    Don was indeed a great friend and caring human being. Lots of great memories to focus on. I will miss him. My prayers to the family.

  3. Darrell Gorre

    Still can’t believe it. I had spoken to Don for his birthday & we took up so much time I had to call back to speak with Becky. He was a great guy, loving father & good friend. When I go I hope he’s there wait’n on me with a joke, a ball, a bat & ready to play ball. Love you guys. The Gorre Family.

  4. Rhonda Fuller Layman

    Becky, I am shocked and surprised to learn of Don’s passing. I’ve known him since we were young children. His parents and mine were church friends in Ponca City.
    Please accept my deepest sympathy. I’ll be praying for you and your family. (Hugs and Love my friend.)

  5. Peggy and Ronnie Gilliam

    Bryan, Both Ronnie and I are so sorry to hear of your daddy’s passing. I know this is a difficult time for you and the family. Just know that we hold you in our hearts and minds. Prayers to you for peace in your heart as your daddy is making his new home in Heaven. We love you dearly Bryan and just know that we are here for you and yours. ❤️

  6. Becky, My heart hurts for you during this time of losing Don so unexpectedly. We are sad and are praying for you, Bryan and Sydney. If you need anything or need someone to talk to, please let me know. He will be missed by many. We have hope in Jesus Christ, our Savior, and know Don is in His arms now. With love, Diane & John

  7. Shri Satwalekar

    Becky, Bryan & Sydney: please accept my sincere condolences. I’m currently in India. Will be praying for God’s comfort, strength & guidance for all of you.

  8. Becky and Family,
    Thank you for the time shared with me yesterday. It meant so much to me that you asked me to be there. I still can’t believe he is gone! But what a wonderful day he had in Heaven! My thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you face this loss here on earth. Love you.

    1. Of course Joy. We are family. I’ve thought many times about the three of them together again. Love you too!

  9. Gary and Tandy Witherspoon

    Becky and family

    So sorry to hear of Don’s passing. We will be praying for comfort and peace for your family.

  10. Glenda Martin

    So sorry to hear about Don. Him and my husband Gary Martin were first cousin’s. Ellis Martin and ZL were brothers. Prayers for all of his family. May God help you all thru the sorrow.

  11. Janet Eunson

    We are so sorry about your family’s loss. Don was my first cousin. My brother and I have talked about not being able to get to know all of you but we loved Don and know he loved us. My father Olen is a brother to Irene. You all will be in our prayers,
    Janet Eunson and Jerry Wilson

  12. Becky, this Connie Smith (Keeler). We have a mutual friend on fab. I am so sorry to hear about Don. I have thought about you over the years and remember how sweet you two where. Again so sorry and will keep you in my prayers.

  13. Dave Geringer

    Very sorry to hear about Don’s passing, I knew Don for a long time since I worked for a radio station in Rnid and he was with the News and Eagle. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. RIP Don.

  14. Stephanie Brule' Carducci

    I am so sorry to hearing this news of Don. I know there are no words that I can say to fix this kind of pain. If there were, I would use them. Every time I was around Don, he treated everyone like family. Again, I am so sorry for your loss of such a wonderful man.

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