Don Massengale, 69, went home to be with the Lord on January 3, 2007. Don is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Judy; his son and daughter-in-law, Donnie and Laurie Massengale of Conroe, Texas; and his son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Korin Massengale of The Woodlands, Texas. He is survived by five grandchildren: Brooke, Jesse, Justin, Jacob, and Jayden. Surviving him also are his brother, Rik Massengale and wife Cindy of Frisco, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse Charles and Mildred Massengale.
Don was born April 23, 1937 in Jacksboro, Texas. He graduated from Jacksboro High School in 1955. A natural athlete, Don went to Texas Christian University on a basketball scholarship, although golf was his true gift. While at TCU, Don won the Southwest Conference Championship and he also won the Texas State Amateur in 1958. Having enjoyed success at the amateur level, Don joined the PGA tour in 1960. While home from the tour, Don met and fell in love with Judy Smith. They were married on April 4, 1963 in Brownwood, Texas. They celebrated their first wedding anniversary with the birth of their first son, Donald Ray Massengale, Jr. Four years later, the family was blessed with their second son, Terry Mark Massengale.
Don has a distinguished professional golf resume, having played masterfully on the PGA/Senior tours. His PGA career includes wins at the 1966 Canadian Open, the 1966 Bing Crosby Pebble Beach Celebrity Pro-Am, and the 1972 National Club Professional Championship. He was also runner-up in the 1967 PGA Championship, in which he was tied for the win and lost in a play-off. Don took a hiatus from his PGA golf career to spend time with his family. He worked as a club professional at Elmwood Country Club in White Plains, New York. Later Don moved his family back to Texas, where he served as Head Golf Professional at several area golf courses: April Sound Country Club, River Plantation Country Club and Del Lago Resort. At age 50, Don joined the Senior PGA Tour. He was the winner of the 1990 Greater Grand Rapids Open and the 1992 Royal Caribbean Classic. After those victories, the Lord had other plans for Don, which would open the doors so that he and Judy could stay home from the traveling tour-life. Don began to give private golf lessons and became a mentor to many as he shared his experience and expertise with students of all levels and ages. This career change allowed Don and Judy the opportunity to become grounded in church and community, as well as become involved grandparents to their ever-increasing family. In the summer of 2000, Don and his son Donnie opened The Massengale Golf Academy, which is located at Augusta Pines in Spring, Texas. Don developed his teaching techniques from the legendary Harvey Penick and has shared his unique teaching ability with golfers throughout the U.S., Japan, New Zealand, and Scotland.
Although many will remember Don Massengale for his prestigious golf career, those closest to him will always remember him as a man of integrity. Don was a devoted husband, who loved his “bride” Judy with unconditional love. Don will always be remembered as a father who was closely involved with his two sons; leading them through his godly example. He also has been very involved in his grandchildren’s lives, as he attended hours of dance recitals, soccer/basketball/football/hockey games, junior golf tournaments, and school/church performances. Although raised in a Christian home, Don’s true belief in Jesus Christ took place in his mid 30s. Don believed it was his privilege, honor, and duty to share his faith with close friends, as well as strangers, and was a walking testimony of God’s grace. Don served as a faithful servant at Faith Community Church in The Woodlands, Texas, where he was active in the small group ministry. Each morning, Don gained his daily insight for living through reading God’s Word. It was evident to all that Don applied God’s teaching throughout his life. Don’s life was richly blessed with many close friends, and he has always been so thankful for each and every one. We will miss listening to his humorous stories, sharing conversations (light-hearted, as well as deep/spiritual), and hearing him pray in his tender, mild voice, as he choked back the tears. Don has left behind a rich legacy and will not be forgotten.
A celebration of Don’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2007 at Faith Community Church, located at 5505 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands, Texas. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Faith Community Church Building Fund. Contributions may be mailed to 5505 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands, Texas 77381.