Donald Dale Don Jimerson

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Donald Dale "Don" Jimerson

March 15, 1935 - July 27, 2018

Donald Dale Jimerson was born March 15, 1935, in Guide Rock, Nebraska, to Dale and Pauline Jimerson. He grew up in El Reno, Oklahoma, where he attended El Reno High School. Upon graduation, he attended Central State University and Cameron University, where he was a standout wide receiver on the football team at both schools. He was later inducted into the Central State University Athletic Hall of Fame and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award. While in college, Don married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Patty Choice. They then spent the next 63 years together and raised four sons, Jeff, Jay, Jody and Jere.
After college, Don became an assistant football coach at Lawton High School, and eventually became the head coach where he coached great athletes like Eddie Hinton, Rick Baldridge and Danny Hardaway. After a very successful high school coaching career, in 1966 Don was hired as the head freshman football coach at the University of Oklahoma. While he coached the freshman, his teams continued to be tremendously successful. He later coached tight ends and receivers before retiring as a football coach in 1977 to become an assistant athletic director. He was also the Executive Director of the O Club at OU for many years. Coach Jimerson was and instrumental part of the early growth of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and was the sponsor of the FCA Chapter at OU during his entire career at OU. While directing the FCA Chapter at OU, Coach Jimerson had a significant influence on the lives of countless athletes and coaches at OU.
Coach Jimerson had a deep love for the Lord, and always held strong religious convictions. He demonstrated this every day in the way that he conducted his life and treated others. He was a Deacon at First Baptist Church, Norman, where he loved teaching a Sunday School class for over 30 years. While at OU, Coach Jimerson was the guest speaker at numerous all-sports banquets, worship services and other events throughout the State of Oklahoma. He loved motivating others and sharing the Gospel.
Coach Jimerson also loved hunting and fishing, but even more so he enjoyed spending countless hours working with his sons and teaching them skills in football, baseball and track. He also loved spending time with his grand kids, so much that while in retirement he volunteered to help coach his grandsons football team in middle school when they were short on coaches. Needless to say, the team had a very successful season.
Coach Jimerson is survived by his wife, Patty; four sons, Jeff, Jay, Jody and Jere; five grandsons, Andrew, Chris, Bradley, Austin and Samuel; six granddaughters, Karah, Carey-Jayne, Julianne, Caroline, Ally and Abigail; one brother, Dr. Steven Jimerson and wife Sandy; one sister, Rosemary Klepper and husband, Ron; a sister-in-law, Judy, and six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, his brother Dr. Gordon Jimerson, his grandson Matthew Jimerson, and daughter-in-law Melanie Jimerson.
A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church, Norman, Oklahoma, at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. Memorial Donations may be made in honor of Coach Jimerson to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 3809 S. Blvd. Edmond, OK, 73013,, (405.285.9399) or First Baptist Church, 211 W. Comanche, Norman, 73069 (405.321.1753). Online condolences and memories may be shared at (405.292.4787).
Published on July 28, 2018
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Gail Klepper Root
Jul 30, 2018
Thoughts and prayers to all the family
Wendi Horton Ratliff
Jul 29, 2018
The Jimerson's almost folklore for our family. many memories and stories told of this man and his family. My heart goes out to those he left. We know he is in a better place George and Dad (Charles) will take him fishing I am sure.
Bill Ford
Jul 29, 2018
Coach Jimerson. was a real friend to so many of us associated with athletics through the years. He was a fine Christian influence, and we will miss him very much. Sincerely, Bill Ford
Mike McAfee
Jul 29, 2018
For much of the '70's Don recruited Wichita Falls where I lived. On many occasions he would come into town bringing film footage of Sooner football games with him. He would meet all local Sooner fans in the private party room at Shakey's and show the film and dissect the plays for us. Don was a tremendous person....gracious and humble. I have so many fond memories of him from those days.