ELDORADO — Dan Truett McWhorter, age 90, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, after a brief illness. Full military service was held Saturday, March 13, in the Eldorado Cemetery with Rev. Joe McGee officiating. Honorary pallbearers were his “best buddy” Mark Harrington, Samuel Harrington, Scott Calhoun, George Spinks and Dean Williams. Dan was born Jan. 8, 1920, in Eldorado to William Lauren and Viola Mae McWhorter.
He graduated form Eldorado High School and attended San Angelo Business School. After this, he went into business with his cousin Ben Morris in Fort Davis. They owned the Hotel Limpia and Annex and The Union Trading Company through the 1940's. On Dec. 11, 1941, he was called to serve his country in World War II.
He was with H Co. 381st H Infantry Regiment, 96th Infantry Division in the Philippines. He held the rank of sergeant in communications. His regiment fought on the beaches of Leyte and Okinawa, some of the worst battles in our country's history. He was honorably discharged Jan. 11, 1946, and awarded decorations and citations including four Bronze Stars.
He married his sweetheart, Rita Ann Elder, of Eldorado on Sept. 30, 1953. The have two sons, Dan Jr. and Paul Jackson. Dan traded on the commodity market at Uhlman Grain for 13 years. Their family fun times were spent traveling together in their tiny Airstream trailer to Mexico and spent many vacations in Guadalajara and Villes.
Most of their summers were spent on the South Concho River near Christoval. Those were the best times of all. Dan loved music, he was a great audience, he enjoyed reading and one of his favorite pastimes was searching Indian mounds for artifacts. He smoked a cigar every day, sitting on the porch with his babies, Marci and Kitty Girl. He loved God, his family, his flag and his country.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and six brothers, Sam and Earl Calhoun, Bill, John, Joe and Bob McWhorter. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Rita; sons Dan Jr. and wife Debbie of San Angelo, Paul and wife Anna of Christoval; sisters-in-law Patricia Elder of San Angelo, Nancy Patton and husband DeWitt of College Station, Duenne Culbreth of Dallas, and Lucille McWhorter of Eldorado; also his precious grandchildren, Elizabeth Ann McWhorter, Stacy Harrington and husband Mark and their son, Samuel; and grandson Marcus Reed. We have special feelings for Rosa Rios who was right there to hold his hand to the very end, she is a sweet friend.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of San Angelo, PO Box 471, San Angelo, TX 76920 or your favorite charity.