Col. Don Ezell, USMC Retired of Ft. Worth, Texas, died at about 7:00 P.M. Saturday night in a local hospital.Ezell was 89 years of age.Col. Ezell served as an officer during World War II, the Korean Conflict, and two tours in Viet Nam. Ezell is survived by an older brother, Manie Jeff Ezell in the Phoenix, Arizona area, a step-son, Dan Thomas, and several nieces and a nephew, as well as severl cousins. Don Ezell ws born in Jena, Louisiana to Jeff Ezell and Pearl White Ezell.At an early age, he lost his father.His mom remarried and moved Don, his identical twin Dee, brother Manie Jeff, as well as brother Beekie to Wink, Texas during the initial oil boom in the Permian Basin of West Texas.Don and his brothers starred in athletics.All four played college football.Three, including Don, played football at Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth. Ezell was the consummate leader and marine.He was in the early stages of a successful high school coaching career when he was recalled to duty, returning to the U.S. Marine Corps and sent to Korea. Ezell was a descendant of Phineas Whatley, Archibald A. Whatley, great-grandfather John M. "Racer" Whatley, and grandmother Jane Whatley.Ezell's gg grandfather was Dr. Jefferson Ezell, who spent his practice in medicine in Catahoula Parish, Louisiana, inerrupted only by a tour of duty serving the Confederacy during the Civil War. Services for Don Ezell will be held 11:30 A.M., Saturday, 24 July, at the Greenwood Cemetery, Ft. Worth, Texas.