Kanz, Don

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October 6, 1939 - July 6, 2019

Kanz, Don



Don Kanz, Dallas businessman and member of the Clifton High School, class of ’58 died July 6, 2019, in Dallas, Texas, after a brief illness.

He was the 9th of Andrew and Josephine Kanz’s 11 children, all of whom attended Clifton High School, Clifton, Texas.

Don left Clifton and joined the United States Army in 1958. Upon his honorable discharge he moved to Dallas, Texas and started his business career as a salesman for SpotNails Incorporated in the early 1960’s. He later went on to become an executive and owner of Southern Staple Supply and Parts Krafters Company that expanded beyond north Texas into worldwide sales and distribution.

Don met his wife Brenda and her children in the mid 80’s and immediately claimed them as his own. For over 30 years, he and Brenda have made Farmers Branch, Texas, their home.

Don is survived by his beloved wife Brenda Kanz, the children, Rhonda Wellmann, Jeff and his wife, Christi Starkey, four grandchildren, Baley Starkey McDonald and husband, Connor, Chandler Wellmann, Kendal Starkey, Jordan Wellmann, and two great-grandchildren, Maverick McDonald and Lorelai McDonald.  He is also survived by six siblings, numerous nieces and nephews, and an unknowable number of friends and associates.

A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, July 20, 2019, at North Dallas Funeral Home, located at 2710 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Texas, 75234, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.  Burial will be scheduled at a later date at the Dallas – Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas, Texas, 75211

Before his death, Don, Brenda, and the children, agreed that in lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Agriculture Department at Clifton High School, 1101 North Avenue, Q, Clifton, Texas 76634

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Chandler Wellmann

July 26, 2019 12:28PM

Pops was truly one of a kind. For as long as I can remember, one of my favorite things about being around Pops was the fact that I would hear story after story. Most of them were funny but they all had some sort of lesson that was intertwined within them. Pops will always be one of the funniest people I have ever met and I will certainly miss laughing with him. He was also the best tour guide anyone could have ever asked for. We always took the scenic route but I never minded. In fact, I loved taking his scenic routes. Unfortunately, my last visit with Pops was in April. However, I will always be so fortunate and thankful that my last visit was one of my favorite. Pops will be forever missed and always remembered. Love you, Pops!

Bob Gheen & Family

July 20, 2019 7:57AM

Anyone who ever met Don remembers him. He was that mix of personality, style, and sense of humor. He was truly one of a kind. Everyone has a “Don” story.
I will remember him as a businessman who worked hard and provided jobs and paychecks for scores of people throughout his long career.
I will remember how he treated customers, employees, and all he dealt with as friends.
I will remember his sense of humor and can-do attitude which made working with him fun.
I will remember a Life well lived. Rest In Peace.
We will remember. God Speed, Don.

Ashley Wyatt

July 19, 2019 11:23PM

Uncle Don was the man that made everyone feel special and loved. There are many memories of summer patio days, Don’s famous hamburgers and a house full of family. Don was a gracious man that was the best doughnut shop taxi driver, Christmas light tour guide and the best person to get a hug from in any room. Thank you for the memories and time you spent with me. Much love to Aunt Brenda and family.

Sohail Lakhani

July 18, 2019 11:55AM

We all here at Dry Clean City was sadden by his death. Don was a long time customer, good friend and real nice person , we will surely miss him. May the Almighty God rest his soul in peace and give the courage and comfort to the family in this difficult time.

Ned and Shirley Russell

July 18, 2019 9:12AM

Brenda, we were so sorry to hear about Dons passing. He was a good friend. We met for the first time when he was invited to a meeting of similar distributors. (AID). Don was quiet and thoughtful And we weren't sure what he thought. The next year he was invited back as a member and made a wonderful presentation. We all clapped and cheered. Don smiled and stood up and opened his coat and shirt and was wearing a super man T shirt! We never again had to wonder what Don was thinking. When we became a Spotnails distributor and toured the country to see how the other guys did it our last stop was Southern Staple. Don was a Spotnails Distributor from head to toe including the canned beverages we enjoyed that were Spotnail branded. We got back home and decided we would do it the way Don did. It worked! We recently visited with Don and Brenda and theywere superlative hosts and we had a wonderful visit.
Goodby old friend. You were one of a kind and will be missed.
Ned and Shirley Russell

Mark & Judy Wilson

July 17, 2019 3:46PM

Don was a very special friend to Spotnails and his loss is felt deeply here among all who worked with him for as far back as 30 years. Personally, I am so thankful to have had more than just a business relationship with Don. I am grateful for the influence he had in my life and the friendship we had together. One of the characteristics I appreciated most about Don was how candid he was with me. He could be blunt at times.. but you always knew where you stood! I will miss you Don and will keep my home open to Brenda if you ever find your way to Chicago!

Kollyn & Daniel

July 17, 2019 12:22PM

Brenda - We are sending you loving thoughts from LA. We sent our donation to Clifton HS in honor of Don's generous spirit. I will always remember Uncle Don for that magical gleam of mischief which runs strong in the Kanz clan, but perhaps most strongly in him.

Kevin Kanz D

July 16, 2019 10:36PM

bye Uncle Don... I actually enjoyed being called Kalvin

Roger Vaughn

July 14, 2019 8:09PM

So sorry to hear about your loss. Don was always nice to be around and was more like a brother to me and my recently departed wife when we visited Texas travelling the world in the Air Force. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him


July 14, 2019 7:36AM

Brenda, So sorry. We will surely miss him, but many great memories are flooding my heart!!

Steve & Jan Mitchell

July 13, 2019 8:58PM

I have a letter on my office wall that Don sent me when I expanded my business...it says: "YOU'VE DONE GOOD!" That is how Don put things. I got to know Don when I was the regional mgr. for Spotnails. I took Ray Blakeman, the Spotnail president, to visit him. He told us he was in the "bent wire business" and he'd buy from the company with the best price. It was then I knew I liked Don and he was an excellent business man, and also became a great friend. We love both Don & Brenda at the different sales meetings. May you rest in peace. Steve & Jan

Barbara & Rallin Aars

July 13, 2019 8:10PM

As students at Clifton High School we were surrounded by the many members of the Kanz family. What great students and role models they were for all of. Don was no exception. Great sense of humor. High energy. Committed achiever. To Don we would say thank you for all of that, and thank you for your service to our great nation. To his family we extend our sincerest condolences and pray that God will surround you with his powerful an comforting arms and that his glorious grace will care for you during this time of loss. We all look forward to a great class reunion of all the Cubs at the foot of our maker's grand and eternal throne in a celebration of love and life that will know no end. Until then, peace be with you, and with us all as we join you in morning this sad loss.

David Garner

July 11, 2019 4:12PM

Don was one of a kind, he always told you what he thought and he cold be gruff and humorous at the same time. I lived to hear him laugh as you tell he was a happy man. Brenda, I am so sorry for the loss of your love. Rip love you don kanz

Cary and Angie Morrow

July 11, 2019 4:02PM

We are truly sorry to hear about Dons passing. Our hearts are with the family.

Richard Terry Craig

July 11, 2019 7:44AM

Sorry to hear of Do's passing. His family and all who knew him lost a kind, funny and very caring person. Our prayers are with the family and all who knew him. Terry & Sandi Craig

Domingo Trevino

July 10, 2019 8:48PM

Descanso en paz Don.
(Rest in peace.)

WC & Beverly Litzinger

July 10, 2019 9:56AM

What special friend he and Brenda have been,
We have had so many fun times together.
I learned a lot from Don he was way ahead of social media with his mailings special by snail mail long before email.
He was the kind of friend that you could call in the middle of the night bring cash tonight and help me dig the hole & hold the
light and never ask why or say anything else about it or even ask when I could pay him
back. Honest hardworking guy we will Miss him. R.I.P. BROTHER

M.A. Kanz

July 10, 2019 12:04AM

Always in my heart

Ken and Carol Marshall

July 09, 2019 8:51PM

We were so sorry to learn of your loss, and pray for comfort and peace for all of you. Our love to all.