Funeral services scheduled for Lamesa radio legend Don Sitton

Funeral services scheduled for Lamesa radio legend Don Sitton
Lamesa Radio Legend Don Sitton (Source: Photo provided by family)

Obituary provided by Branon Funeral Home

Lamesa radio legend Don Sitton passed away on Saturday, at the age of 64.

Don was a graduate of Idalou High School and Texas Tech University where he began his career in radio broadcasting for the Texas Tech radio station. He continued his broadcast career in Lubbock, Amarillo, San Angelo, and Lamesa.

He moved from Lubbock to Lamesa where he worked at the KPET radio station for 29 years, beginning in 1989.

Don Sitton was legally blind for his entire life. In 2004, he told KCBD he could see just well enough to get around. Sitton dreamed of being in radio all his life, expressing a love for broadcasting when he was just six years old.

He learned to adapt to conditions at various radio stations, planning out the music he would play and keeping up with changing technology, carefully counting CDs and planning his shows, using a machine that would recite the weather, memorizing the forecast and passing it on to his listeners.

You can read our 2004 profile here.

Sitton received numerous awards during his 45-year career as a radio broadcaster, becoming known as The Voice of Lamesa.

He was recently awarded Radio Journalist of the Year for small town radio stations by the Texas Farm Bureau.

The Lamesa Athletic Department honored Don in his role as The Voice of all Lamesa Golden Tornado sporting events at the first home game of the 2018 football season. He previously served on the board of directors for Chamber of Commerce, Lamesa Movieland, and Lamesa Community Players. He was a member at First Baptist Church where he was chairman of the Deacons.

Funeral services for Don Sitton will be held Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, with Pastor Jim Medley officiating. Interment will follow in Dawson County Cemetery under the direction of Branon Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Tuesday, Oct. 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Branon Funeral Home.

Sitton was born Aug. 1, 1954 in Olton to Earnestine (Pharr) and Frank Sitton Jr. He married Carol Thompson on July 8, 1995 in Rosenberg. They were married 23 years.

Don is survived by his wife, Carol Sitton of Lamesa; sisters, Alice Summers and husband, Odis of Lubbock, and Joyce Graves and husband, Gail of Boise, Idaho; brothers, Lon Sitton and wife, Liz of New London, Missouri, and Jon Sitton and wife, Judy of Sugarland; mother-in-law, Oleta Thompson of Richmond; nephews, Kyle Summers, Keegan Graves, Jim Graves, Bart Graves, Adam Thompson, Andrew Davidson, and Jacob Kingsmill; nieces, Valerie Sitton, Emily Sitton, Tara Barrett, and Jenny Thompson; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and nephew Jon Davidson.

The family suggests memorials to First Baptist Church Building Fund, Handbell Fund, or Scholarship Fund, 801 S 1st Street, Lamesa, TX, 79331.

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