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Donald "Don" Hillier Jr. '60 October 26, 2022 12:14 PM updated: October 26, 2022 1:24 PM

Donald Edwin Hillier, Jr.
January 30, 1938 – October 22, 2022

Donald Edwin Hillier, Jr., 84 of Baytown, Texas, passed away October 22nd, 2022. He was born in Odessa, Texas on January 30, 1938 to Della Mae Dunnam Hillier and Donald Edwin Hillier Sr. He was married to Gwen Louise Crawford Hillier, for 62 years. Don had a career in chemical engineering, training and education for Gulf Oil now Chevron Corporation.

Don achieved a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M, Class of 1960. He later obtained an MBA from the University of Houston followed by a Master of Arts in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Don served in the Army with the Second Armored Division, 50th Armored Rifle Battalion, Company D, from 1961 to 1963 and was promoted from Platoon leader to First Lieutenant. He served in the Army Reserves from 1963-1968 and achieved the rank of Captain.

Don was a member of the Texas Baptist Men Disaster Relief Team, and was a member of the Gideons International. He played and coached senior baseball for many years, and was inducted into Texas Senior Softball Hall of Fame. Don was an active member and Deacon at Cedar Bayou Baptist Church, taught Sunday School, and was involved in many church activities.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Della Mae Dunnam Hillier and Donald Edwin Hillier Sr., and his granddaughter, Rachel Hillier.

He is survived by his wife, Gwen Crawford Hillier; and his three children, Bruce (Sharon) Hillier, Bryan Hillier, and Christie Pearl. Don is also survived by his three granddaughters, Courtney (Evan) Jones, Jade Pearl, and Samantha Hillier. He is survived by five grandsons, Matthew Hillier, Jacob Hillier, Jeremy Hillier, Tommy Pearl, and Ben Pearl. Don is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Levi and Olivia Jones.

Visitation will be held from 10-11 am, Thursday, October 27, 2022, at Cedar Bayou Baptist Church, 3116 N Alexander Dr., Baytown, TX 77520. The funeral service will begin at 11 am. Interment will follow at Earthman Memory Gardens Cemetery, Baytown, TX.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Don Hillier to Cedar Bayou Baptist Church Address: 3116 N Alexander Dr, Baytown, TX 77520, or Gideons international, P.O. Box 97251, Washington, DC 20090-7251 or

Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services


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