Donald Alan Prince, 57, passed away Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, at the Legacy Founders Cottage in Oak Cliff. Throughout his final days, he was surrounded by loving members of his family and the caring hospice staff.

Don was born on Jul. 22, 1959, at Gorgas Hospital in the Panama Canal Zone. He graduated from South Grand Prairie High School in 1977, attended UT Arlington as a Sigma Nu and received his associate’s degree in visual communication from the Art Institute of Dallas.

Throughout his career, Don provided deft skill in portraiture, painting, store merchandising and floral design.

More recently, he lent his graphic design abilities to companies like Michaels, TPN and Mensa.

Additionally, he was a long-time supporter of LGBT rights, the Dallas gay community and HIV research. Over the years, those close to him remember him working odd jobs as a florist or barback on Cedar Springs and from his art shows and holiday decorations at JR.’s Bar & Grill.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Donald Edwin and Virginia Louise Schoener Prince.

He is survived by his sister, Dee Prince Moore; sister, Kathy Prince Calhoun and husband Charlie; brother J. Howard Prince; nieces and nephews, Christopher and Kristyn Calhoun, Melissa Dahl and Sean, Shaina and Sharleena Fewell; great-nieces and –nephews, and his beloved toy schnauzer, Samantha.

A memorial service celebrating his life is currently in planning. For service updates, visit the funeral home website at or the FB group created for him at

The family extends heartfelt appreciation to the staff at Parkland Hospital and the Legacy Founders Cottage for their efforts and care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Don’s honor to the Legacy Cares Counseling Center and Founders Cottage at

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition November 4, 2016.