Don O. Concannon, 85, of Hugoton, Kansas passed away March 9, 2013, at Beloit, Kansas.
Don was born October 28, 1927, near Garden City, Kansas, to Hugh Christopher Concannon and Margaret McKinley Concannon. He grew up on a farm 20 miles northeast of Garden City and attended Essex Country School until it closed when he was in the 5th grade and they moved into Garden City. He graduated from Garden City High School in 1945. He served in the United States Navy in the South Pacific during World War II.
After the Navy, he attended Garden City Junior College where he was instrumental in starting the football program. He graduated from Washburn Law School in 1952 and moved to Hugoton, Kansas, to begin the practice of law. He was elected Stevens County Attorney one month after arriving in Hugoton.
On November 23, 1952 he married Patricia June Davis. She preceded him in death on February 25, 2001. He married Sharon Collins on September 1, 2002.
He was a member of Kappa Sigma; Delta Theta Phi; Chairman - Kansas Young Republican Federation, 1959-61; Chairman - Kansas Presidential Electors, 1960; Chairman - Kansas State Republican Committee, 1968-70; County Attorney - Stevens County, Kansas, 1953-57; City Attorney - Satanta, Kansas 1956-62; Hugoton Chamber of Commerce President - 1972; Chairman - Kansas Reagan for President Committee, 1976; Hardage for Governor, 1982; Chairman -Governor's Task Force on Future of Rural Communities, 1986-88; Member - Kansas Commission Bicentennial of U.S. Constitution, 1986-89; Governor's Highway Advisory Commission, 1965-66; President - Fortune Insurance Company, Inc., 1972-74; Chairman - Fortune Insurance Company, Inc., 1974; Board of Directors - Norton Bankshares, Inc., First State Bank, Norton, Kansas, State Bank of Satanta, Kansas and First National Bank, Attica, Kansas.
He was a member of the Southwest Kansas, Kansas, and American Bar Associations; Kansas Bar Association Committees: Selection, Tenure and Retirement of District Judges, 1965-76; Prospective Legislation, 1970-76; V.F.W.; American Legion; Hugoton Masonic Lodge; Hugoton Chamber of Commerce.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia; son, Chris; his parents, and his brothers, Herbert and L.O. (Sis). He is survived by his wife, Sharon; his son Craig and wife, Susan, his daughter, Debra Traster; daughter-in-law, Barbara; his grandchildren Jessica Concannon, Christina Concannon, Kelsy Harris and husband, Larry, Taylor Concannon, Curtis Concannon and Tyler Concannon; and twin great-grandsons, Carter and Burke Harris; his sisters-in-law, Wanda Concannon and Virginia Concannon, and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the United Methodist Church in Hugoton, Kansas with Rev. Harry Cross and Rev. Terry Worthington officiating. Interment will be in the Hugoton Cemetery directed by Roberts Brothers Funeral Home in Hooker, Oklahoma.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Chris Concannon Memorial Scholarship Fund or the Pheasant Heaven Charities and may be left at the Roberts Brothers Funeral Home, Box 745, Hooker, Oklahoma 73945.