Don Hardy, 80, of Floydada, Texas passed on Monday, November 30, 2020.
A graveside service was held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at the Floyd County Memorial Park in Floydada.
Visitation was held from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., Monday, December 7, 2020 in the Moore-Rose Funeral Home Chapel in Floydada.
Arrangements were under the personal care of Moore-Rose Funeral Home in Floydada
Don was born on June 13, 1940 in Granite, Oklahoma to Lloyd and Eunice Hardy and started school in Brinkman, Oklahoma.
During Don’s high school years, they moved to Olton, Texas, where he graduated in 1959 and worked at Thompson Chevrolet as a mechanic.
In 1963 Don was drafted into the Army where he served as a welder and tank mechanic in Alaska.
After being discharged from the Army in July 1965, Don moved to Floydada. He started his business, Don Hardy Race Cars, building and modifying cars for drag racing. He also traveled with Kelley Chadwick as a crew chief from 1966-1968.
In 1969, he married Sue McCord and they were married until 2002. Don concentrated on building cars from then on. He built 12 to 20 cars per year that were shipped all over the US and several foreign countries. He built cars until 1984, of those cars, he won 15 national championships. He also won Car Craft Magazine’s Professional Chassis Builder of the year from 1977-1981.
In 1980 Don began doing efficiency work on irrigation engines and started Don Hardy Fuel Efficient Engines, which is still in business developing engines and generators to run on bio-gas and ships them all over the world.
Outside of the office, he served his community on the Floydada ISD school board from 1981-1995.
Don remarried in 2003 to Carolyn J. Jackson.
Don has won multiple awards over the years and has been inducted into two Motorsport Hall of Fames.
In May 2016, as a gift from his children, Dedra and Donald, the City of Floydada renamed two blocks on Missouri Street in front of his businesses to “Don Hardy Motorway”. Don was also a huge pillar of the community and considered Floydada his home.
When Don was not working, he enjoyed improving and modifying engines, restoring cars, and car collecting. The car collecting, in turn, created three museums in Floydada, all called Hardy’s Classic Cars, where his cars can be enjoyed by others.
He was a member of the Studebaker Driver’s Club, Nifty Fifty Auto Club, and the VFW.
Don had many friends everywhere he went. He loved going to Pate’s barn for coffee every day to visit with the guys and tinkering with one of their projects. He enjoyed watching drag races, NASCAR, NBA, and all kinds of car shows. Most of all he loved watching every activity his grandchildren were participating in and celebrating and spending time with his family. Family meant everything to Don.
Don is survived by his wife of 17 years, Carolyn J. Hardy, his daughter, Dedra Hardy and husband, Larry Jones, of Lubbock, his son Donald Hardy of Lubbock, step-son Aaron Wilson and wife, Karen, of Lockney, grandchildren, Bryce Thomas, Breck
Thomas, Kirk Wilson, Brance Wilson, Bethany Miller, Callie Flores, and Marc Wilson, along with 14 great-grandchildren.
Don is preceded in death by both his parents and his sister, Sue Hardy Wilhite.
Due to COVID, only 20 people will be allowed to enter the funeral home at one time. This is for the safety of the family and all those wishing to express their condolences. The family and Moore-Rose Funeral Home appreciate your cooperation in this matter.
Memorials may be made to Nifty Fifty Car Club, Floydada EMS and First United Methodist Church in Floydada.
Online condolences may be made at www.moore-rose.com.