Donald Schattel Sr., 79, of Galveston, passed away Wednesday, August 25, 2010, in Galveston, at UTMB Hospital.
Born June 28, 1931, in Wharton, TX, Don graduated from Ball High School in 1952, where he was a star athlete and the recipient of the Billy Hempel Memorial Award. After graduation, Don received a football scholarship from Sam Houston State University.
As Executive Director of the Galveston Parks Board, Don was instrumental in creating the operating plan for the return of Galveston’s Mardi Gras in 1985 and continued to successfully guide and develop the event during his tenure. Don was also at the forefront of establishing the rail trolley system in Galveston and oversaw early operations of the system before it was turned over to the City of Galveston. He worked with community leaders to attract cruise ships to Galveston Island and served on the original Cruise Ship Terminal Committee that developed the first plans for building a terminal in Galveston.
Don was active in a vast array of community groups. He was a current Vice President and member of the Board of Directors of Moody Gardens, Inc.; and member of the Moody Gardens, Inc. Executive Committee. He was a past Chairman of the Galveston Wharves Board and a former member of numerous groups, including the Knights of Columbus, Rotary Club, American Legion, Chamber of Commerce, and member of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church. He was a current member of Holy Family Parish.
Don was preceded in death by his brothers, Billy and George Schattel; and sister, Lydia Martisek.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Barbara; children: Cindy Sapio and husband, Peter; Donald Schattel, Jr. and wife, Esther; and Kim Tindel and husband, Marty; grandchildren: Courtney Sapio, Trey Sapio, Lauren Schattel, Brandon Schattel, and Allyson Schattel; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Don’s family will receive visitors beginning at 9:00 am, Saturday, August 28th, at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will begin at 11:00 am on Saturday at St. Patrick’s. Burial will follow the service at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock.
Pallbearers will be Donald Schattel, Jr., Brandon Schattel, Peter Sapio, Trey Sapio, and Marty Tindel.
Don’s family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Robert Beach and the UTMB Staff for their compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica Restoration Fund, C/O Holy Family Parish, 1010 35th Street, Galveston, TX 77550, or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.