Don Jay Schmidt passed away Dec. 15, 2019, at his home surrounded by his family and his favorite Chihuahua named Peanut, who faithfully sat in his lap. He was born March 7, 1939, at Johns Hospital in Taylor, to Fritz and Mathilda Tesmer Schmidt. He graduated from Taylor High School in 1957.

One of Don’s favorite joys was watching his two grandsons play Duck football and Duck baseball. He was a retired farmer and rancher for 42 years. He was a long-time member of St. Peter’s Church in Coupland where he served on the church council for three years.

Don was preceded in death by his parents and sister Arlene (Paul) Kruse.

He is survived by the love of his life Lois Schmidt of 54 years; his daughter, Carrie (Michael); two grandsons, Wyatt Jay (Katelyn) and Jake M.J. Townsend. He is also survived by two nieces, Pam (Mike) David, Cindy (Joe) Tomei, Mark (Ramona) Kruse and Brian (Shannon) Kruse; and several great nephews and great nieces. Don is also survived by sister and brother-in-law Ken and Elnora McDonald, as well as Roy and Nikki Barth and great nieces and nephews.

We would like to thank Dr. Meghan Khan and the Diffusion Department Staff at Scott and White Cancer Center in Round Rock for all their care. Special thanks to Dennis Nickle, his godson, for all his help in getting Don to appointments when help was needed. Also, to Austin Hospice for all their care during his illness. May he Rest in Peace.

Visitation will be Dec. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Providence Funeral Home in Taylor.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church in Coupland. Burial will be at Taylor City Cemetery.