Donald E. Banister

Donald Eugene Banister


Banister, DonaldTruth abounds in God’s word “my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.”

Donald Eugene Banister was born November 25, 1949 to Imal and Ellen Banister in Emporia, Kansas. He went home on January 12, 2015.

Don Banister served as manager of the natural gas engine oil (NEGO) product line for CITGO Lubricants. Don joined CITGO in l990 where he served various leadership roles. Prior to CITGO he worked for CATO a division of Kerr McGee and Oklahoma Farm Bureau.

Don graduated with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture economics from Kansas State University. He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He continued to hold great pride in his Kansas State fighting Wildcats!

Don was a member of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City over 30 years, leaving great friends in the Family and Fellowship Sunday School class. He enjoyed countless outdoor activities which primarily focused on many special times with his son Caleb mountain biking, deer hunting, pheasant hunting, turkey hunting, trout fishing, and skipping rocks. Coaching basketball for Ashley and Caleb was enjoyed by all with endless hours shooting baskets in the drive way. If Don’s family wasn’t on a family vacation they were planning the next one which brought him tremendous enjoyment. Don was married to Carol Morray Banister for 39 years and remained friends with her for the past 2 ½ years.

He is survived by Carol Morray Banister, two children: Ashley Dawn Banister-Riley and husband Patrick of Denver, Colorado, Caleb Andrew Banister and wife Maddie of Edmond, Oklahoma. Don was blessed with great joy when two priceless grand-daughters entered his life in the last year Anna Marie Banister and Beatrice Grace Banister-Riley. Don has four siblings: Mary Duncan of Emporia, Kansas, Gerald Banister of Vassar, Ks, Betty Tucker and Frank Banister of Hartford, Kansas. Don was loved by many nieces, nephews and great nieces/nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Imal Banister and Ellen Banister.

Memorial Service will be held at 1:30 p.m. at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church on Saturday, January 17, 2015.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to:

1) South Lyon County Education Foundation: “Don Banister Hartford High School to Kansas State University” scholarship fund. Checks payable to and mailed to: South Lyon County Education Foundation, 100 Commercial, Hartford, Kansas 66854

4 thoughts on “Donald E. Banister”

  1. Dear Caleb and Bannister, your father was one of the finest men that I have had the pleasure of meeting . He was kind , helpful , and a pleasure to be around. I enjoyed every minute I was with him and will miss him greatly . If there is anything I can do to help your family please let me know. Carl Swafford 615-895-6063 home or 615-849-6410 cell.

  2. Not enough room for all the memories. We did so many things including hunting on opening morning of Kansas pheasant season 35 years in a row. hunted turkey, deer, quail, coyotes, golf balls, and tennis balls. We also worked cattle, cut wood, and landscaped the yards of our new homes. Bragged on our kids and then our grandkids. Argued about whether OSU or KSU had the best football team when both were pretty bad. We prayed and hurt for each other when times were hard.
    Thank God the pain is over and the body is healed. The memories will continue until some day we meet again.

  3. Don was a good friend of mine in his Oklahoma Farm Bureau days. Fun to be around, excellent at his job and a man whose advice I valued. His family is in my prayers.

    Joe Vaughan

  4. Don was a good friend of mine during his Oklahoma Farm Bureau days. Fun guy to be around, excellent at his job and a man whose advice I valued. His family is in my prayers.

    Joe Vaughan

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