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Don Batchelor, a renowned chemical engineer, family man, birder, squirrel nemesis, sailor, gardener and long-time community volunteer, died peacefully in his home on May 15. Born to Sylvester and Dorothy Batchelor in Oswego, NY, Don served with honor and pride in the U.S. Navy, graduated from Syracuse University, and had a long career at The Kerr-McGee Corporation. The author of several patents and articles, he was proud of his contributions to his field.

He moved his family to Norman, Oklahoma in 1970, and never regretted leaving his snow shovel up North. He loved the hot weather and the Norman community. Don gave generously of his time for over 15 years to The Sam Noble Natural History Museum, where he was honored as Volunteer of the Year. His manhattens and martinis were legendary.

Known affectionately as "Oldtimer", Don was predeceased by his beloved wife of 56 years, Joyce. He is survived by his five children: Laurie J.Batchelor (Gordon Warnke), Sarah A. Harrison (Stephen), Donald M. Batchelor (Mary), Kathleen M. Brannen (David), and Nancy E. Batchelor (Timothy Coker). He was immensely proud of ten grandchildren (Benjamin, Gregory, Daniel, Melissa, Sarah, Zachary, Nichole, Katherine, Claire, and Lily) and four great-grandchildren (Mary Katherine, Ryan, Lily Grace and Patrick), all of whom adored his generous spirit and "super-scoops" of ice cream and blueberry pancakes for breakfast.

Don was also survived by his beloved younger sister, Evelyn Mercer (William) and dear friend and companion, Edna Pollis of Norman. We love and miss you, Old Timer. Job well done.
Published on May 15, 2017
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