Donald P. Cross
Thursday 18th of January 1934 - Sunday 2nd of February 2020
Camp Nelson National Cemetery
6980 Danville Road, Nicholasville, Kentucky
Clergy Rev. Brad Allred
Donald Paul Cross, 86, passed away peacefully at home in Lexington, Kentucky, on Sunday, February 2, 2020. Don was the youngest of fifteen children, born to John S. Cross and Tucia May Cross in Trinidad, Colorado.
Don served his country in the United States Army from 1954-1956. He attended Trinidad Junior College, the University of Iowa (B.S.), Kansas State Teacher’s College (M.S., Ed.S.), and the University of Kansas (Ed.D.). He worked in Lee County, Iowa as a Speech and Hearing Therapist and School Psychologist before moving to Lexington.
Throughout his career, he advocated for the rights of people with disabilities, especially children. He was heavily involved in the Council for Exceptional Children, and served on over forty committees or boards and nine State Advisory Boards serving exceptional children. In Lexington, he served on the Board of Directors for the Child Development Center and as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Metro Alternative Services to Homeless (MASH).
Don loved being with his family and being outdoors exploring, fishing, and boating. He was a fan of UK sports, especially football and basketball. He was stubborn and also passionate in his beliefs, a trait which served him well as a proponent for the rights of people with disabilities and for his students.
Working with Dr. Cross at UK For over 20 years was such an honor and I’m so sorry for your loss. Don and I extend our deepest sympathy to the family during this difficult time. Please know that our hearts and prayers are with you.