In Memoriam: Donald Dean “Dandy Don” French

June 2013, Vol. 68, No. 6

Donald Dean “Dandy Don” French, 85, passed away on April 6. He was born on Feb. 3, 1928 to Cecil and Jeanette French in Drumright, OK.

French joined his brother-in-law, Earl Reynolds, to form Reynolds-French & Co. in 1947 and retired as president in 1994. His son-in-law, Kirk Chalmers purchased the company and his grandson, Sandy Chalmers, is now continuing ownership of the company. He served five years on the Southern Gas Association’s executive board, and was chairman of the Associate Members in 1985. He also served as membership chairman, setting a record for new company membership in 1981.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Celestine “Tot” French; daughter, LaDon Chalmers and her husband, Kirk; a son, Dr. Ron French and his wife, Lucinda; grandchildren, Emily and Jason Burns, Sandy and Amanda Chalmers, Melissa and Jason Harlow, Dr. Kyle and Sarah French, Colin and Mandy French; and 13 great-grandchildren.