Donald E. “Don” Hicks, 79, of Parsons passed away at 4:21 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, at his home.
Don and his twin brother, Ron, were born on Jan. 29, 1942, to William and Irene (McCormick) Hicks in Belleville, Illinois. When the twins were 8 weeks old, the family moved to Parsons, where they grew up and attended school. Together they graduated from Parsons High School, Parsons Junior College and Pittsburg State College.
In 1969, Don earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and a Master of Science degree in biology and secondary teaching. He later earned an administration degree from Washburn University. From 1965 to 1976, Don taught biology, physiology and zoology at Holton High School. He then moved to Topeka and worked for the state of Kansas in vocational rehabilitation until his retirement in 2004.
He was a lifetime member of Central Christian Church in Parsons. He most recently was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Parsons.
Don married Julianne Daley in Parsons in 1962. The couple divorced in 1976. He then married Marjie Gale and became the stepfather of her children, Bailey and Josh Chaloupek. The couple later divorced. In 2002, Don and Cindy Smith were united in marriage.
Survivors include his wife, Cindy, and their adopted children, Devon, Justin and Amaya, of the home; his daughters, Terri Ann Jacobson (Scott) and her children, Gabriel (Cindy) and Caitrin, of Lawrence and Laura Ann Cruse and her children, Brett (Bianca), Sara and Zach, of Parsons; his son, John William Hicks (Tiffany) and their daughter, Aubrey, of Lawrence and Allison, Ashlyn and Alex Hicks, of Parsons; the children of his daughter, Julianne “Annie” Hicks — Isaiah (Jessica) of Parsons, Aliyah of Okinawa, Japan, and Caleb of Lawrence; seven great-grandchildren; stepchildren, Amy Bartholomew and her children, Cassidy and Ryan, of Auburn, Renee Smith and her children, Kendra and Earnest Jay “E.J.” of Topeka and Jamie Smith of Topeka; his twin brother, Ron and his wife, Theresa, of Olathe; and Ron’s granddaughter, Laressa of Kansas City, Kansas.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Julianne “Annie” Hicks on March 27, 2016; and his older brother, David Hicks.
The memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home of Parsons. The family will receive friends following the service. The memorial service will be livestreamed on Facebook.
Memorials are suggested to the USD 503 Foundation for sports programs or the Labette Community College Foundation for scholarships and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.