May 9, 1968 – July 7, 2013
Don Girod, age 45 of Leslie, Arkansas passed from this life on Sunday, July 07, 2013 at the North Arkansas Regional Medical Center Ambulance Bay in Marshall, Arkansas. He was born in Merced, CA on May 09, 1968 to Loyd D. (Doc) and Faye (McIntosh) Girod. At the age of 2, Don moved with his family to Searcy County Arkansas. The remainder of his life was spent here in this beautiful place that he called home. On April 18, 1996 he married Sandra Horton. To this union two beautiful daughters were born—Brittney Ann and Kasey Dawn. He loved them very much.
Don had a variety of things he enjoyed doing. This included riding 4-wheelers; fishing and hunting; working; being a volunteer fireman; serving as a youth minister; chaplain; and being an EMT/Paramedic. He loved people and doing things for people. He was President of the Senior Class of 1986 at Leslie. Classmates have shared how he always made them smile and laugh. A former teacher considered him a special person and a friend. People who have called for an ambulance have told how he helped them and offered to accompany them on to other places if they desired. One childhood friend called him a good, simple and Godly man. Youth at church have referred to him as a father figure. Just someone he talked to shared that Don encouraged him to pursue becoming an EMT. So many people have mentioned his smile and friendliness. New arrivals to Searcy County have mentioned that he always made them feel welcome. A co-worker stated that although work would now be difficult, Don’s words came to mind, “You know the folks in this community and all of Searcy County still has to be taken care of and it’s up to you all to do it for me now….SO GET TO IT!!” He was a big man with a big heart. He cared about people physically and he cared about their souls and them having God in their life. All who came in contact with him will miss him greatly.
He was preceded in death by his father, Loyd (Doc) Girod.
Survivors include his wife Sandra (Horton) Girod and daughters, Brittney and Kasey of the home; his mother, Faye Girod of Leslie; his brother, Dewayne and wife Kathy of Hartselle, AL; his sisters, Sonya Wilson and husband Lonnie of Big Flat and Rhonda McMahan and husband Mike of Watson, AR; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, other family members, friends and acquaintances.
Donations are being accepted in memory of Don Girod at the Homebank of Arkansas, PO Box 1282, Marshall, AR, 72650.