HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Donald Ray Hicks, 67, of Hot Springs, passed away peacefully March 13, 2017, at his home.

He was born in Eugene, Oregon, on Feb. 13, 1950, the son of Alvin W. Hicks and Effie (Graves) Hicks.

Don was an avid Arkansas Razorback fan and was a sports enthusiast. He grew up playing Little League baseball and football at Lakeside High School. Don was also known as “Bubba” by his teammates, friends, and family. He attended University of Central Arkansas on a football scholarship. After college, Don moved to Illinois, where he began his career at International Harvester and married Pam Fowler in 1976. Even with his busy career, he played and umpired softball at the East Moline Complex. After an early retirement from International Harvester, Don would travel between Illinois, Florida and Arkansas to be with family.

Don is survived by his daughter, Meredith Hicks, Moline; his one and only granddaughter, Petra Palos, Moline, who shares his birthday date; two sisters and brother-in-law, Jane and Roger Needham, Hot Springs, and Martha Hicks McDaniel, Henderson, Tennessee; nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

Don’s life will be honored with a memorial service at 11 a.m. April 22 on the family farm in Hot Springs. A celebration of life will be in Illinois at a later date.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Central Arkansas for the loving care and family support.

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Any memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105; or The Don Hicks Memorial Fund, IHMVCU, 2121 47th St., Moline, Illinois 61265.

Guest registry is at davis-smith.com.

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