Don Looney

A prominent Fort Worth citizen and legendary football player with numerous ties to Jeff Davis and Brewster counties, died April 5, 2015, at home at the age of 98. Services for Don Looney are at 3:30 today in Fort Worth.
Looney will be entombed in Greenwood Mausoleum, as it was always his wish to play cards again with his old and dear friend Ralph Lowe. As president of Fort Worth and Midland oilman Lowe's company, Looney was in Jeff Davis County regularly at the Lowe's ranch south of Kent, now known as the JDC Ranch. In addition, his son Joe Don Looney - who like his dad played professional football in the NFL - built a home south of Alpine where he  lived until his death in a motorcycle accident in Brewster County in 1988. Don Looney was born Sept. 2, 1916, on the family farm in East Texas and came to Fort Worth in 1936. He distinguished himself in athletics at an
early age, leaving home at 15 to play football for Sulpher Springs High School, where he was named All-State. Following high school, he accepted a scholarship from Texas Christian University. He played under Coach Dutch
Meyer and is the last known survivor of the legendary 1938 TCU National Championship Team. He was voted Most Valuable Player by his teammates and was Co-Captain of the football team. After college, he joined his teammate Davey O'Brien playing professional football for the Philadelphia Eagles, where he set records that hold to this day. He was named #1 NFL Receiver of 1940. In 1941 and 1942, he played for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
During World War II, he was ordered to Randolph Field and played intercollegiate football with the Randolph Ramblers. After the war, at NFL Commissioner Bert Bell's invitation, he became an NFL official. He continued in this officiating hobby until 1963 when his son, Joe Don Looney, went into the pros. Don and Joe Don were among only a few father and son NFL players. At his death this week, Don Looney was the oldest living NFL football player. Looney was in the oil business in Midland and Fort Worth where he was president of Ralph Lowe Drilling Company and later was an executive with Mary Ralph Lowe's Maralo Oil in Houston. He was active in West Texas oil activities and was the major stockholder in the Bank of Jena, Louisiana. He was preceded in death by his parents, George Washington and Mary Ellen Penn Looney, his son Joe Don Looney, his brothers Howard Looney and Bill Looney, and sister Hazel Dodd. He is survived by a granddaughter, Tara Casimano and four greatgrandchildren, Nicole, Thomas Don, Margaret and Sarah Casimano. 
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