TEXAS CITY — Don Miguel Hardin retired USCG, Chief Petty Officer, 82 of Texas City, Texas went home to be with Our Father on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Funeral services with Military Honors are 12:00 noon Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Carnes Funeral Home in Texas City, Reverend Wayne Clements officiating. Visitation will start at 9:00 am on Saturday. Private family burial will take place Monday at Houston National Cemetery.
Don was born February 20, 1932 in Bagdad, KY to Charles and Pearl Bryant Hardin. Mr. Hardin came from humble beginnings, the son of a tenant farmer and then proudly served his country in both the Korean War and the Viet Nam War. He served at Coast Guard Stations in Long Island, NY, Wild Wood, NY, Honolulu, HI, Galveston, TX and Marine Safety at Galena Park, TX. He served 8 years in the USAF in the Korean War and 24 years in the USCG. He was awarded the Coast Guard Achievement Medal and the Good Conduct Medal for 32 years good service.
He enjoyed fishing, barbequing and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also enjoyed coaching his son and grandchildren in numerous sports. He was one of the best fishermen in this area before his health declined. He was a wise, humble and compassionate man with a witty sense of humor. He was a Gold Medal Member of the VFW.
Don is preceded in death by his parents Charles and Pearl Hardin and son Gary Barber. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Hardin; son Rodney G. Hardin and wife Daphne; his sisters Jean and Janet of TN, Ruth of CO; brothers Louis of KY, Roy of OH, and Joe of ID. Grandchildren Corky Gaines, Racheal, Cody, and Laura Hardin, Melonee, Leslee, and Cassee Scurlock, Brandon, Gunner, and Dane Gaines. Great grandchildren Trey Perez, Riley Santos, Landon Hill, and Maverick Jobe.
Pallbearers will be USCG Honor Guard, and Honorary Pallbearers his grandsons, and great-grandsons.