Donald Ray Don Siebarth, 81, of Iowa, passed away at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, September 9, 2011 in a Lake Charles care facility.
Mr. Siebarth was born in Port Arthur, Texas to Raymond Siebarth and Bertha Rogers Siebarth. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur, Texas in 1948. Mr. Siebarth attended Texas A M to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine. While attending Texas A M, Mr. Siebarth played football under football coaching legend, Coach Paul Bear Bryant. He was also a member of the boxing and rodeo teams. He entered the service and attained the rank of Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. Upon leaving the U.S. Army, he began pursuing a career in the automotive industry. He was a district sales manager for General Motors for 13 years. In 1970, he was given the opportunity by General Motors to purchase a Pontiac dealership in Lake Charles. He owned and operated Don Siebarth Pontiac with many additional franchises from 1970 to 1988. He served as President of the Louisiana Auto Dealers Association, President of the Buccaneers, was selected as Jean LaFitte for Contraband Days, was a member of the Krewe de la Famille, and was a McNeese and Barbe High School booster.
Upon his retirement, he enjoyed his cattle and horses on his ranch, spending time with his loving wife, children and grandchildren.
He leaves to cherish his memory his spouse of 49 years, Jeanie Hart Siebarth of Iowa, Louisiana; two daughters: Jeniffer Davenport and husband Robert of Ville Platte, and Sabrina Devillier and husband Joey of Moss Bluff, and; two sons: Judson Siebarth and wife Paulina of Lake Charles, and Donnie Siebarth and wife Flora of Saudi Arabia; eleven grandchildren: Kimberly and Judson Siebarth, Robert, Samantha and Blake Davenport, Devin, Rayvin and Chaney Siebarth, and Matthew, MacKenzie and Marlee Devillier; and one great grandchild, Adilynn. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Wanda Ogeron, and infant son Bruno Siebarth.
Funeral Services will be on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Monsignor Daniel Torres will officiate. Visitation will be on Monday, September 12, 2011 from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with a Rosary being recited at 6:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Tuesday September 13, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. until time of service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the McNeese State University Cheerleaders or a charity of choice.