Don Wesson, 79, of Crossett, passed from this life January 27, 2022, en route from his home at Dun Roamin’ Farm in Crossett to Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello.
He was born September 21, 1942, in Milo, Arkansas to the late Rowl Wesson and Lee Ella Sawyer Wesson Ely.
After graduation from Monroe’s Ouachita High School in 1960, Don served in the United States Marine Corps from 1960 until 1964. Upon completion of his service in the military he began a lifelong career as a pipeliner. He was a proud 58-year member of Pipeliners Local 798 and traveled the world as he plied his trade.
Don often joked that because he had a familial relation to practically everyone in Ashley County, he had to travel around the world to find a lady to whom he was not related, so that he could marry. During his working travels, he met Janis Robinson of Edinburgh, Scotland. They wed September 19, 1981. Don and Janis moved back to the United States in 1989, and returned to Crossett in 1994, establishing Dun Roamin’ Farm on his family’s ancestral land, where he raised ostrich, daylilies, and registered Boer breed goats.
Don bred, raised, and exhibited many Boer goats to various grand championship statuses, including the heavily decorated buck, Hurricane, and continued a successful Boer breeding program until 2020. He was instrumental in mentoring numerous adults and youth in the goat industry, and was a constant benefactor of youth livestock associations, competitions, and organizations, including 4-H and Future Farmers of America.
Don was a diligent and extremely knowledgeable floriculturist, with a special interest in daylilies and roses. His farm was known worldwide for its development and marketing of unique daylily genetics and strains, as a result of his work in the industry.
Don was a devoted son, and took great care of his mother, Lee Ella, until her death in 2014. He was greatly loved by the staff and residents of the local nursing home, which he visited daily during his mother’s stay and beyond, often treating everyone there to deliveries of donuts and other special surprises. He enjoyed visiting with all of the residents and staff, often serving as an unofficial impromptu waiter, caregiver, and friend to everyone there.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a stepfather, Robert C. Ely; and his brother-in-law, Charles Plummer, whom he steadfastly stated was his hero.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Janis Wesson of Crossett; a son, Darrian Wesson of Louisiana; a daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Jason Gwin of Watson, Louisiana; two granddaughters, Karleigh and Jamie Gwin; a sister, Marion Janice Wesson Plummer of Homer, Louisiana; a special niece and nephew-in-law, Tricia and Frank Welsh of Edinburgh, Scotland; a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews; as well as a vast number of cousins; He leaves behind countless friends, including a multitude of friends across the globe met during his pipeline career; and numerous youth with which he freely shared his abundant knowledge of agriculture and world travel. His legacy is assured through the skills and education he selflessly taught to so many children and adults.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held Monday, January 31 at 1 p.m. at Medders Funeral Home, 1564 Hwy 52 W, in Crossett, with Bro. Chris Sexton officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service at 12:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to St. Jude’s Children’s Research and Hospitals, Shriners Hospitals for Children, or a children’s charity of your choice.