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David Mac Middleton, 85, a longtime resident of Haskell, passed away Oct. 6, 2021. A funeral service was held on Saturday, Oct. 9th First United Methodist Church in Haskell, with Pastor Nadine Illunga officiating. Burial followed at Willow Cemetery under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes.


David was born on Feb. 6, 1936 in Abilene, Nadine (McMahan) and Alton Middleton. He was a graduate of Haskell High School, Class of 1954 and a graduate of North Texas State University. David married Martha Rose Ely in June 1956 in El Campo. They had three children Michael, Cathy and Alecia. He married Patricia (Moore) in December 1974 in Houston. They had two children Patrick and Stephen.  David loved to play golf, read, and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Haskell. Most of all he loved to be around his family and friends.

David lived out his passion for educating and coaching men and women across the state of Texas for over 55 years. Coach spent many hours of his life on the football field, golf course, tennis and volleyball courts, but his first love was basketball. He spent countless hours of his life building competitive basketball teams of character. His teams were known for relentless defensive presses and innovative offensive plays. He ended his career with over 900 basketball wins. In 2009 Coach was inducted into the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. He was selected to be the south boys all-stars coach for the Texas High School Coaches Association and the north girls all-stars coach for the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.

Many of his players reached the collegiate level and many of his players and coaches went on to start their own successful coaching careers. All of his players learned more than just how to play basketball, they were taught valuable life lessons as well. Coach loved each one of his players and unselfishly invested his life into each of them. He set a wonderful example throughout his life on how to live, how to handle adversity, how to be humble in victory, and how to be gracious in defeat.

He is survived by his wife Patty of Haskell; three sons Michael Middleton and spouse Becky of Austin, Patrick Middleton of Haskell, Stephen Middleton of Dallas; two daughters Cathy Garcia of Houston, Alecia Cohen and spouse Paul of Plano; five granddaughters Laura Munoz and spouse James of Austin, Julie Griggs and spouse Tim of Austin, Amy Shultz and spouse Athen of Austin, Tiffany Diaz and spouse Tony of Spring, Mia Cohen of Plano; five grandsons David Middleton and spouse Stephanie of Liberty Hill, Zac Garcia of Spring, Cody Garcia and spouse Myranda of Montgomery, Matthew Cohen of Dallas, Michael Cohen of Plano; 10 great grandchildren; brother Freddie Middleton of Brownsville; sister Elaine Davis of Stamford; two nieces Melody Middleton of Brownsville, Missy Dutchover of Stamford; two nephews Jamie Davis of Stamford, Jerry Davis of Carrollton; and uncle Johnny Middleton of Lubbock.

He was preceded in death by his parents Nadine and Alton Middleton; and first wife Martha Rose Ely; and two special mentors Coach Ray Overton and friend Woody Frazier.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 201 North Avenue F, Haskell, TX, 79521; the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Kilian Hill RD SW, Lilburn, GA 30047; Basketball Smiles, 4525 Seals Lane, Abilene, TX 79606; the Harold Wilder Memorial Scholarship – Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) 281-383-8222; or the donor’s favorite charity.


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