Donald Roy Cloud departed this life on Sunday evening at his home in College Station. Don was preceded in death by his parents Roy Cloud and Esther Barr Cloud and his daughter Courtney Cloud. Don is survived by his wife Fan Barber Cloud; his three sons Blake Cloud and Linda, Scott Cloud and Diane, and Mark Cloud and Michelle. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Jennifer and Kenneth Cloud, Bradley Cloud, and
Lillian and Cameron Cloud and by two great-grandchildren, Dylan and Emily Cloud.
Don was born and grew up in Kerens, Texas, until age 16 when he moved with his family to what was then East Pakistan. He attended and graduated from Woodstock School, a boarding school in the city of Mussoorie in northern India. Don then returned to Texas to attend Texas A&M. A member of the Class of 1959, he graduated with a degree in economics and served as the Cadet Colonel of the Corps during his senior year.
Upon graduation from Texas A&M, Don accepted a regular commission in the United States Air Force. Don’s military service spanned almost four years, including 13 months in South Korea. Don and Fan were married in 1961. After discharge from the Air Force, Don worked for two years before he and Fan moved to Cambridge, Mass., with young sons Blake and Scott, where Don earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.
After graduate school, Don accepted a position with Continental Grain which moved the young family to Indiana, back to Texas, then to Nebraska. After a little more than two years, Don and Fan made the decision to move the family back to San Antonio, Texas. Don’s career in San Antonio included acquiring and successfully turning around different companies.
Don served as a deacon of First Presbyterian Church in San Antonio and also actively served the Greater San Antonio Homebuilders’ Association.
In 1975 Don and Fan and their four children moved the short distance to Boerne, Texas. Don served as an elder of St. Mark Presbyterian Church in Boerne where he led the effort to build a new sanctuary for the church. Don also was elected to and served as a member of the board of the Boerne County Line Independent School District.
After all four children graduated from Boerne High School, Don and Fan moved back to Fan’s childhood home on a ranch at Big Spring, Texas, to be close to and care for their parents. Among other ongoing business interests at the time, Don refurbished the old ranch and returned it to an active ranching operation.
Most recently, Don and Fan spent a considerable amount of time in Montana where Don had helped to establish and grow an animal feed manufacturing and sales business. This was a wonderful opportunity late in Don’s life to do things he really enjoyed, meeting new people, seeing new places, building new friendships, managing a business and spending time with family in a beautiful place.
Throughout his life, Don exemplified service and generosity to his family, his employees, his church, his community and Texas A&M. Quick to strike up a conversation with anyone, Don was comfortable among friends and strangers alike. His demeanor with people was kind, straightforward and unassuming. He will be long remembered and greatly missed.
A memorial service will be held for Don at First Presbyterian Church in Bryan, Texas, this coming Sunday, Nov. 24, at 2:30. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Texas A&M Foundation, memo “Don Cloud: MSC Wiley Lecture Series.”
Expressions of sympathy can be made at www.memorialfuneralchapel.com