Donald Bruce Elkins of Poteet, TX entered into eternal rest at the age of 82 on Friday, August 5, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas following a brief illness. He was born on October 28, 1933 to Marshall and Genevieve F. (Smith) Elkins in Carmen, OK. The family moved to Santa Rosa, Texas in December of 1933, where he grew up in the Rio Grande Valley and graduated from Santa Rosa High School in 1951. He also attended Pan American Junior College in Edinburg, TX, and studied Industrial Arts until drafted into the US Army as a PFC from 01/07/1954 01/06/1956. Donald was employed by the Texas Cooperative Inspection Program and traveled all across the state as a Fruit and Vegetable Inspector for the State of Texas and retired in October of 1995 with 35 years of service.
Donald Bruce was a loving and caring husband, father, and grandfather and he will be deeply missed by his family. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 34 years, Rosa Rosales Elkins and a daughter Tina Ann Elkins (Austin, TX), and a daughter and son with his first wife; Rhonda Jeannine Elkins (St. Augustine, FL), and Kevin Dale Elkins and daughter-in-law Catherine (Schertz, TX). Also left to cherish his memory are his 4 grandchildren, Sara-Caitlyn Elkins, Jaylen Jesus Elkins-Johnson; Nathanael Marshall Elkins; and Joshua Lazarus Elkins-Jackson. He is also survived by brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; his nieces and nephews; and numerous cousins and friends.
Donald Bruce is preceded in death by his parents, Marshall and Genevieve Elkins, 2 brothers Dennis Kent Elkins, and Roger Neil Elkins. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2016 with a rosary recited at 9:00 am and a funeral Mass at 10:00 am at Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 333 Madero Ave, Charlotte, TX, followed by interment at Hilltop Cemetery in Tilden, TX.