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Submitted by: Terry Dudley
Lon K. Dillard was born November 6, 1940 and passed away at Texoma Medical Center on January 23, 2021. Lon was born to Lonnie and Kathryn Dillard in Durant, Oklahoma. He married his first love Patricia Hammel at the young age of nineteen. They recently celebrated 61 years of a dedicated and loving marriage and raised three children who loved him dearly.
Lon and Patricia are life-long residents of Durant and long-term members of Durant Church of Christ. He loved his church family and served the congregation as a Deacon, teacher, and Board member of Pettijohn Springs Christian Camp.
He earned his B.S. and M.E. at Southeastern Oklahoma State University and taught Distributive Education at Durant High School for 27 years. He is remembered fondly by students and co-workers for his wit and intelligence. He was an exceptional teacher and after retirement became an exceptional businessman in the field of real estate. He was selected Realtor of the Year in 2002 by the Texoma Board of Realtors.
Doctors have described him as a medical miracle for surviving multiple health crises over the past thirty years. Despite his health struggles, he enjoyed life to the fullest through traveling, hunting, camping, playing dominoes and card games, and studying history. He loved a good laugh and was a notorious prankster.
Lon will be remembered as a generous man, full of compassion with a heart for people, especially the less fortunate. He maintained an optimistic and open mind until his final days.
He is survived by his loving wife Patricia A. Dillard of Durant, along with daughter Sherri Smith and husband Vern from Duncanville, TX, son Greg Dillard and wife Tammy from Purcell, Oklahoma, and son Mark Dillard of Durant. He is also survived by his brother Joe Dillard and wife Judy in Derby, Kansas. He will be remembered fondly by his six grandchildren (Melanie Winters, Aaron Dillard, Audrey Brown, Alyssa Hubbard, Derek Smith, Jeremy Smith) along with eight great grandchildren.
Funeral services are under the care of Holmes-Coffey-Murray. Visitation is Wednesday, January 27, 2021 from 9:00-10:00 AM, followed by the service at 10:00 AM at Durant Church of Christ. Due to Covid precautions, the family has asked that all visitors wear facial masks and maintain social distance when possible.
In lieu of floral donations, the family would like friends and family to consider memorial donations to the Durant Church of Christ Building Fund at PO Box 152, Durant, OK 74701 or Pettijohn Springs Christian Camp at PO Box 440, Madill, OK 73446 on behalf of Lon Dillard.
The service will be available to view on our FB page via live stream at 10:00 AM.
Services are under the direction of Holmers~Coffey~Murray Funeral Home in Durant, Oklahoma www.holmescoffeymurray.comn
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