Oct. 4, 1926 – July 26, 2013
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Thomas Donald “Don” Wilbanks Jr. passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 26 in Oakdale, Calif.
Don was born October 4, 1926, in Holdenville, Oklahoma, and moved to California to live with his mother when his father was called to active duty in 1939. He served in the US Army Air Corps for the last few years of the war.
He met his wife Tillie Jane in San Diego and started a family. His love of acting led him to leave his successful service station business in 1955, and move to North Hollywood with his young family to start a professional acting career.
When he wasn’t on the set of a TV series or movie, Don worked as an Ironworker. Above all, he was a dedicated Dad, and he worked hard raising his four boys. He had a love for camping, fishing and professional sports.
In 1978 he changed careers again, moving to Pollock Pines CA. He ran a successful tavern (The Pine Lodge Club) for 27 years. The love of his life, his bride Tillie, passed in 2006, and Don later moved to Oakdale Calif. with his oldest son.
Don is survived by his four sons, Don, Sam (Kim), John (Jeanne), and Mike (Teri); 5 grandchildren, two great grand children, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A celebration of Don’s life will be held at the home of John and Jeanne Wilbanks in Pismo Beach CA, on September 7, 2013.