JONESBORO — Donald Andrew Latourette, 73, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro. Don was born July 23, 1947, in Jonesboro to Harry and Anna Mae Latourette and was the third born of their eight children.
A 1965 graduate of Jonesboro High School where he ran track, Don continued his education at Georgia Tech where he also ran track for the Yellow Jackets and earned a degree in mechanical engineering.
Don worked in Houston, Texas, on large building projects before returning to Jonesboro to join his father in two of the family businesses – Jonesboro Ready Mix Company and Jonesboro Builder’s Supply, eventually purchasing the businesses outright and operating them for many years.
He was very mechanically inclined and could make almost any repair with duct tape alone.
An avid outdoorsman, Don loved to hunt and fish, was active in Duck’s Unlimited and was a private pilot who flew his own airplane. Back in the day he would barefoot water ski.
And laugh, Don always liked to have a good laugh no matter the situation.
Don also was quite the cook, who made great pies and contended that his barbecue sauce was renowned across the Northeast Arkansas region. The sauce was dubbed “Don’s #109” after it was learned that his sauce came in 109th out of 110 sauces at a competition.
A defining trait of Don’s was his big heart. Don loved to help people.
A long-time supporter and activist for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Don helped organize annual Super Bowl fundraisers with all proceeds going to the hospital. He would pay for funerals for those short on resources and help those in need of lodging, food, clothing or other necessities. Don was a good, decent man.
Don is predeceased by his father, mother, and brothers, Charles Pierre “Chuck” Latourette and Alan Louis Latourette.
Survivors are Don’s son, Dylan Latourette; brothers, Harry Hewes Latourette Jr. (Gloria) of Milton Fla., and William Stewart Latourette (Carla) of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; and sisters Mary Ann Garner (Jim) of Cumming, Ga., Carol Sue Latourette of Fort Smith and Elizabeth Ross (Tipton) of New Braunfels, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family invites friends to graveside services for Don at 10 a.m. Sept. 19 on Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery, 3910 Harrisburg Road.
If you would like to honor Don’s memory, the family requests that you make a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial and Honor Gifts, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.
Online registry: www. emersonfuneralhome.com