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Donnie Carpenter

Class of 1959 Paducah High Graduate.

After graduation, I moved to Fort Worth and attended a trade school.  
I had various jobs over the next couple of years, but the important 
thing that happened is that I met my wife to be, Evelyn, and she was 
the most beautiful gal I had ever seen.  It was love at first site and 
we were married in November 1961.  We have two daughters, Deborah and  Angela.  Deborah has three daughters and a step-son, and Angela has a  son and a daughter.  That gives us six grandchildren to enjoy.

I joined the US Army in 1961 and married while in the military.  After 
my discharge from the military, I attended Arlington State College, 
now UT Arlington, and while there I joined their flying club and 
obtained my private pilot license.  I used my GI bill to obtain as 
many pilot ratings as I could with the aim of becoming an airline 
pilot, which didn't pan out, but I worked several years as a flight 
instructor and charter pilot.

In 1970 I was hired by the FAA for an air traffic controller 
position.  I served in Albuquerque, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, and 
Dallas/Fort Worth.  My active control years ended in 1984 when a rare 
tissue disease caused me to become legally blind.  God provided a 
smooth transition to the automation department and, in 1989, I 
transferred to the training department at DFW where I served until my 
retirement in January 2006.

Since retirement I have taken up golf, serve on the committee of Child 
Evangelism Fellowship of Greater Fort Worth and work with the Gideon's 
International.  I have recently joined the Southern Baptist of Texas 
Disaster Relief Team, and am currently receiving my training to help 
whenever disasters occur.  My wife and I are also doing BSF, Bible 
Study Fellowship.


Donnies' Grandchildren