Obituary of Don L. King
Don L. King was born in Lebanon, MO on October 30, 1942 to Homer and Helen
King. Homer was a gospel preacher for over 47 years, so Don had the rare
opportunity to travel all over the country with him as he preached. Don obeyed
the Gospel in 1956 at Stockton, CA. He graduated from high school in 1960 and
attended various colleges in CA as an English major and music minor. He preached
his first sermon in 1961 and began his full-time preaching career in 1969. In 1971,
he moved his family to Fremont CA to start the Mission work there where it
became his home congregation. Fremont eventually moved its congregation out
to a new Livermore building in 2014 where he remained committed to it until his
Along with his work and dedication to his home congregation, Don preached
throughout the United States and other countries, most notably the Philippines
where he spent decades making yearly trips to help develop and encourage the
Christian work there. His preaching career also included a television program
“Search for the Ancient Faith” where he was honored to be its speaker, and aired
in various locations throughout the United States and Canada for several years in
In 1976, Don acquired the publishing responsibilities to the Old Paths Advocate, a
monthly Christian newspaper, where he served as publisher and writer for its
Editorial page, and very likely had one sitting in his computer awaiting its
submission to the printing company where he finally (and reluctantly) went
paperless, joining the online newsletter world just this year.
In addition to Don’s dedication to preaching the Gospel, he was also a successful
painting contractor since 1978 until he finally, and begrudgingly, hung up the
paint brush just before turning 80 years old.
He loved fishing in the Ozarks of Missouri and up on The Klamath River, and truly
enjoyed the outdoors, but that all paled in comparison to the love and enjoyment
he had for his family.
Don married Patricia Hall on June 17, 1962 in Stockton, CA. They have two
children, Kris (and their son in law Bob Baker), and Lance (and their daughter in
law Kelly). They have 3 grandchildren, Landon Baker (married to Emilee), Colton
King (married to Alee), and Nicole King Yarbrough (married to Dylan). All are
faithful members of the church.
They also have 3 great grandsons, Jaxon King, and Hayden and Rennick Yarbrough
whom he cherished.
Don was respected and loved by all that ever met him and knew him. You could
find nobody more devoted to the church and to his family than he. He was the
cornerstone of their family, a pillar in the church and community. The void he has
left can’t possibly be replaced but his words and his wisdom will remain. He will
be forever missed.