Don Hawthorne

County Commissioner


The May flood is old news now but the affect on our road work was longer lasting. More that half of the 625 miles of roads in the Western District needed some degree of repair from grading to complete rock replacement.


Twenty of our 135 bridges in the District needed some work, mostly debris removal. There were 5 road closures, all but one was caused by tinhorn wash outs. The major closure was the bridge on Cross Road over Sandy Creek. That one costs us over $50,000 in manpower, equipment and materials to get it open again.


We have been working with the Federal Highway Administration and Oklahoma Department of Transportation to get reimbursed for the work we have done on clearing out debris and road and bridge repair, due to the flood. We have received notice that we will be approved for $175,644.26 for 7 of our 9 projects involving major collector roads.


We have had several meetings with FEMA to get funds for three categories of damage: debris removal, emergency repair and permanent work. It is too early to know how much money they will provide for our flood related damage.


The night of the flood, May 22, and the next morning, Forman Kenny Kinder, A.D. Fischer, Flint Runyon, Melvin Beeson, Mark Barefoot, Carl Mullins, and Brad Jones were on hand to help rescue folks with the front-end loaders and graders. Most of the District 3 crew was out Saturday morning clearing roads and making roads passable, several with little or no sleep.


The County Barn was used as a meeting place for area residents that had been flooded to provide initial information for help from FEMA. Debbie McDonald did an excellent job as our coordinator.


Because of all the flood damage, we are about 2 months behind getting started on oiling and chipping the 12 miles of roads we had planned for this summer. The road crew just started getting the mile of Bishop Road between Red Elk and Deyo Roads ready to oil and chip. The next road done will be Airport from Cache Road to the dead end. The latter is part of a partnered cooperative agreement between Comanche Nation, District 3 and the City of Cache.


The rest of this partnered agreement is the streets on the east side of the City of Cache. Because of the delay caused by the flooding, we are looking at the feasibility of contracting this portion out.


We are permitted under State Statute to provide assistance to the Public Schools in our District. We spread material on Indiahoma Public School’s playground. We removed dirt in the bar ditches at Cache Pubic School to allow the water to drain better along H Street. We hauled dirt to Chattanooga Public School’s ball diamond and recycled the street in front on the school.


I have been coordinating completion of the County budget for 2015-16 again this year. I have completed meetings with all elected officials and department heads to hear their budget requests and they totaled $10,411,001.55. We have a projected revenue of $8,719,500. To develop a balanced budget, I had to look at every possible area to make reductions without cutting workforce and required duties of county government. I expect to complete the process this month and have it ready to go before the Excise Board.


If you have questions or concerns, I can be contacted at or you may phone the Courthouse or County Barn and I will return your call.


You can access this report monthly on the county web site as well as the County Times. The official web site is maintained by the Comanche County Public Information Office.

And the rains came! And did they ever! We went to bed one night and the next morning the ponds were nearly full. Who would have thought? The rains came and about the time the guys had the roads back in shape, we would get another good one, and do it all over again.


We lost a lot of road material when the ditches could not carry the amount of water we would get all at once, and it would run over the road. We also lost two big tin horns. One across Pecan Road between 97th and 112th Streets and one on Meers-Porter Hill Road between 277 and 287 Roads. The tin horns cannot be installed when a foot or so of water is running through. Therefore, we have had to keep those roads closed until water recedes.


Before the rains started, the road crew worked on getting Airport Road between Coombs and Pecan Roads ready to oil and chip. They have Paint Road starting at the railroad tracks going north to the Cache Cemetery to mill and get ready to oil and chip. We have about 12 miles of roads that are scheduled to be oil and chipped this summer.


We had the ribbon cutting ceremony for 112th Street this past month. The road is complete only lacking the establishment of sod on the north end where the rains washed it out. But that did not dampen the celebration of a major project that involved the State, County and City and we all felt a sense of pride in this project.


We responded to a request from the Town of Faxon officials to patch some of their streets and to furnish several loads of dirt on which to build a pad and a fire station. Chattanooga VFD has agree to put a substation in the Town of Faxon. Our road crew recycled and shaped several more streets in Chattanooga to be oiled and chipped at a later date.


We had a plan-in-hand meeting with CEC Engineering and a representative from the utilities company on our Boulder Creek Bridge project on Airport Road between Cache and Gore Roads. The environmental review is about completed and we have had the primary review of the bridge plans. The next step is to acquire the necessary easement and move the utilities. If all goes well construction will began next summer.


We helped out the fairgrounds by removing the woodchips from the coliseum following the stock show.

If you have questions or concerns, I can be contacted at or you may phone the Courthouse or County Barn and I will return your call.


ADDEMDUM to the Road and Bridge Report


I had written the Road and Bridge Report Saturday morning, and my editor (a.k.a. wife) had reviewed it.


In the early evening, we were watching radar and noticed that even though it was not raining in Cache, it seemed to hang over the mountains, and we turned on the scanner and heard that Panther Creek and Buford Lake were flooding. My wife began to notify all the folks whose numbers we knew that lived along Cache Creek to warn them of the possibility of flood water.


Later in the evening, we began to hear that Shady Lane in Cache was flooding. I heard the Cache Fire Chief call dispatch requesting a front-end loader from Comanche County District 3  I called Road Forman Kenny Kinder, who had also heard the request and called Arnold Fischer, Flint Runyan, Mark Barefoot and Melvin Beeson to take the loaders to Shady Lane to see if they could help. Carl Mullins and Brad Jones also reported to the County Barn to see where they could help.


After the water started to subside, the loaders were used to clear the logs and other debris from Cache Road between Cache Creek and Rock Creek Bridges. In addition to rescuing a number of people with the front-end loader from Shady Lane and Rock Creek, the guys also helped save a young girl who had been hanging in a tree limb over rushing water for over two hours.


Kenny and the crew got home about daylight, just in time to put on some dry clothes and we started getting phone calls about washed out and damaged roads.  The calls were coming in very fast and they were taking the time of the Road Forman. I asked Debbie McDonald and John Mark Fisher to set up a clearing house to receive calls and track road closures at the County Barn. I called dispatch to have the calls routed to the County Barn.


Kenny and 14 of our guys were out Sunday until about 6 or 7 in the evening working opening up roads and making the roads and bridges as safe as possible. They were out again Monday morning continuing to work on opening and fixing severely damaged and unsafe roads.


The County workers deserve a lot of credit. I have not worked with a more dedicated bunch of individuals, and I am proud to be associated with them.




The past two months brought us four snow and ice events: February 16, 23, 27-28 and March 3-4-5. I want to thank Foreman Kenny Kinder and the guys who got out early and stayed on the job late to sand the major intersections and bridges. We received several requests from Medicine Park to sand their streets also.


The road crew has been working on Indiahoma Road preparing it for oil and chipping this summer. We will be resurfacing it from Lee Blvd. to Coombs Road. We replaced four very old concrete culvert cross drains with new tinhorns, which will make the road wider and safer.


We have 10 road projects that we plan to oil and chip this summer. We may add one or two additional ones, if time permits.


We continue to work with CEC Engineers on the streets on the east side of the City of Cache. To establish the scope of the project, we ask T&G Construction to core sample several locations to let us know what kind of base and how thick the asphalt is on the streets. This will determine the costs. A three party agreement has been signed with the City of Cache, Comanche Nation and the County. Part of this agreement includes Airport Road from Cache Road north to the dead end.


112th Street status: The aggregate and asphalt surface has been laid. In order to accommodate the truck traffic, there were 8 inches of rock aggregate and 7 inches of asphalt. Depending on the weather, the sod in the ditches should be laid in the next couple of weeks. Lawton has to put one head wall to a cross drain and stripe the road yet. A ribbon cutting has been scheduled for April 24th at 11:00 a.m. at the Goodyear west gate.


Since the Cache Road and 112th Street intersection is very dark, we have been working with the City of Lawton and Councilwoman Cherry Phillips to install a street light to make it safer. The cost will be shared between the City and County.


We had a plan-in-hand meeting with ODOT, CEC Engineering, and a CED engineer to replace the bridge on Airport Road just south of Cache Road. The new bridge may require buying additional right of way and utilities to be moved.


With the rains and warm weather, the grass is starting to grow. We are getting the mowing machines ready to start taking care of the roadways. We will be spraying the intersections and bridge areas with herbicides to kill the grass and weeds and make for better visibility.


If you have questions or concerns, I can be contacted at or you may phone the Courthouse or County Barn and I will return your call.




Holiday leave is over and it’s been back to work catching up on getting the roads back in shape. Of the four years I’ve been in office, we have had snow and/or ice over every Christmas Holiday. We sanded hills, bridges and intersections. Even though the snow and ice did not stay long, we did make it safer for morning travelers.


Road Forman, Kenny Kinder and I met with leaders from the Comanche Nation Transportation Department concerning resurfacing the streets on the east side of Cache. At our latest meeting, the engineer from CEC Engineering met with us to discuss design and project cost. The work on the streets will begin later this coming summer.


Responding to a concern about the entrance into Neugebauer Acres, the crew put in a wider tinhorn, removed the loose gravel, and graded the road so it would drain better.


At the request of the Town of Faxon, we patched their streets and at the request of the Town of Chattanooga,  we are recycling 2nd Street. That street will be resurfaced later this year. We also hauled a load of screenings for the Town of Medicine Park, at their request.


The drought has been hard on our roads, particularly those that are asphalt. We have rented a crack sealing machine and have had a crew working most of the winter filling cracks.   That prevents water from getting to them, freezing and causing more damage. Job Corp Road was our latest repair and crack seal project.


Working with the local schools, we hauled a load of screenings to the Chattanooga FFA barn, and a load of special “Choctaw Mix” dirt for the Cache baseball diamond infield.


We worked our first fire this year by providing a motor grader to cut fire breaks at a wildfire northwest of Indiahoma. The dry grass, low humidity, and strong winds is the perfect formula for serious wildfires. If these conditions continue, the County will have to impose a burn ban. Even without a burn ban, residents of Comanche County need to be very careful when burning outside.


112th Street status: We have finish preparing the sup grade, and T & G Construction is putting down the 8 inches of aggregate and once this is all down, they will lay the 7 inches of asphalt. After the road surface is down, we will finish the bar ditches and pull the dirt up to the road grade. We are currently advertizing for bids to have the sod laid on bare surfaces.


Kenny and I met with the Pecan Valley North Homeowners Association to discuss the speed limits on Cache Road, repair to their streets, and drainage problems. We are working in Pecan Valley South to repair bad spots in their streets.


If you have questions or concerns, I can be contacted at or you may phone the Courthouse or County Barn and I will return your call.

You can access this report monthly on the county web site as well as the County Times. The official web site is maintained by the Comanche County Public Information Office.


Since the long slow rain that we had this past month caused the roads to get soft, we put out gravel in a number of places to firm them up. And the grader crew spent a considerable amount of time getting our gravel roads back into shape.


Before the rain our extended dry weather caused the clay soil we have in most of southwest Oklahoma to shift, resulting in cracks forming in some of our asphalt roads. In the winter when water gets into those areas, and it freezes, it will cause the asphalt to break up. So we rented the crack sealer again to put down rubber sealant to prevent that from happening.


The Meers-Porterhill Road overlay project is completed. This was a cooperative venture between the Comanche Nation and Comanche County, District 3 to put a 2-inch overlay on Meers-Porterhill Road from State Highway 58 to U.S. 277. This road was in need of repair and this improvement made it a safer road to travel. We very much appreciate the relationship we have with the Comanche Nation.


The ice and snow that occurred last month caused us to get out the sanding trucks on Sunday night and early Monday morning to ensure that our citizens would have a safer commute.


Representatives from the Oklahoma Emergency Management Office were at the County Barn office this past week working on the close out for funding we received from the FEMA declared disaster for the 2009-10 ice storm. The total amount of funds that were allotted was $3,147,771.61, of which we were advanced $1,633,618.30. After we have completed the closeout audits, we should receive a total of $ 1,514,152.30.


Last month we reported that District 3 contributed 800 of the 1,630 cans collected in the County’s United Way food drive, and we were awarded the winning prize of a steak dinner on the 25th of November. United Way Coordinator, Lindsey Billen coordinated the meal and had her dad Jerry Krasser doing the cooking. Venius Matthys owner and editor of The County Times furnished the potatoes. The dinner was enjoyed and appreciated by all of the employees of District 3.


Beginning on December 18, 2014, the District 3 Barn will be closed until January 5, 2015. If an emergency occurs, such as a snow or ice event, a crew will be called out to sand intersections and bridges. Otherwise, it is a good time for the crew to use their accrued leave & comp time. We wish each of you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


If you have questions or concerns, I can be contacted at or you may phone the Courthouse or County Barn and I will return your call.



This month the County United Way Coordinator, Lindsey Billen challenged each of the departments to a “Food War”. The purpose was to gather canned goods for the Food bank. The employees of District 3 stepped up to the task and donated 800 of the 1,630 cans that was collected. As a reward, we will be treated to a steak dinner later this month. I would like to recognize and thank Debbie McDonald for coordinating our event. We also have a special “thank you” to Marlys Bigbow and the staff at the Cache Hop & Sack for helping to collect food donations.


For the past month, we have dedicated a lot of time to the Meers-Porterhill Road between S. H. 58 and U.S. 62. The Comanche Nation Transportation Department agreed to provide the funding for a two inch over lay. We had the responsibility to get the road prepared for the resurfacing. The crew dug out a number of bad spots over the seven miles and filled them with screenings, and these with the rest of the rough spots were blade leveled with asphalt. We laid down over 1,000 tons of asphalt to make the old road as smooth as possible.


The Comanche Nation suggested and agreed to pay for a change order to expand the road from a 22-foot to a 24-foot. This made it much safer. This project has been completed.


The Job Corp Road from U.S. Highway 62 to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge has been patched. That road is getting a little age and the effects of the drought on it, and all of our roads are taking its toll causing more cracks that we would normally have had with regular rains.


Street patching was also done in Pecan Valley South, and we repaired the parking lot at the Chattanooga School.


Our mowing of major collector roads is about complete and we will begin mowing the ditches along gravel roads in preparation for winter.


The road crew finished the oil and chipping of Elk Creek Loop. Our oil distribution truck used to put down the oil for the chips broke down on this project and it had to be taken to Oklahoma City for repairs. So unless we get a week of warm weather, this could be the last road we oil and chip this year. To lay oil and chips, we must have three nights in a row that do not drop below 50 degrees.


We had the final inspection by ODOT on the Boulder Creek Bridge on Gore Blvd between Airport and Paint roads. This low water crossing was a part of the 5-year plan to be replaced with a bridge.


Kenny Kinder, Road Forman, and I attended the grand opening of the new addition to the Meers Volunteer Fire Department station. They added on a kitchen, meeting room and inside rest rooms. This was a result of a REAP grant and a lot of in kind labor and materials donated by other folks. Fire Chief, Bill Cunningham and the volunteer firemen have worked hard to modernize these facilities, and have done an outstanding job.


These rural volunteer fire departments are an important part of our communities not only providing fire protection, but also medical support through their first responders. It is surprising to me that in a month they will make more medical “runs” than they do for fires.


112th Street Status: As reported last month all the utilities are moved and we have started preparing the road bed and the bar ditches. Lawton has put in the cross drains. They had a little trouble with the inflow and outflow pieces. We have offered to help Lawton with the side drains at the entrances into Pecan Valley South and with the construction of the extension of the drain under Cache Road at the 112th Street intersection.


Phase 2 of the 112th street surfacing bid was awarded to T&G Construction by the Board of County Commissioners and all the necessary bonds and agreements are in place. As soon as the City and County have their parts completed, the road surfacing will begin.


We were all saddened by the passing of Bill Foster. Bill was a long time employee having been hired by Commissioner Duty Rowe. Besides being a fellow employee, he was a friend.


If you have questions or concerns, I can be contacted at or you may phone the Courthouse or County Barn and I will return your call.

You can access this report monthly on the county web site as well as the County Times. The official web site is maintained by the Comanche County Public Information Office.


The regular rains, though not large amounts, have kept the grass growing and our crews mowing and the need to grade roads in the District. And with or without rain, patching roads is a continuing process.


We received bids on the Meers-Porterhill Road overlay project from SH 58 to US 62. T&G Construction was the low bidder. We have been smoothing out the rough spots and where necessary digging out bad spots and repairing them so the overlay will be as even as possible. This project is being funded by the Comanche Nation.


Second Street in Cache from B to G Avenue, 197th Street on the west side of Chattanooga, and Holsey Acres Road from Bigbow to Bandy have been recently oiled and chipped.

Hillary Road was recycled and the road base ready to be oiled and chipped later this year. In addition, the City of Cache requested us to recycle 4th Street between Elm and Oak Streets and we will resurface it when requested to do so by the City.


The trash trucks in Pecan Valley South have destroyed Stonebrook Drive beyond repair and it had to be recycled. Additional rock material was added to build up the base and it is to be oiled and chipped later this year.


Phase II of 112th Street: AT&T has gotten their lines moved and PSO is finishing up relocating their lines. A fiber optic line will be moved as soon as PSO is finished. The house on the east side of the street will be switched from CKT rural water to the Pecan Valley water system. The cross drains and side drains are on site and will be installed as soon as the utilities are clear, which should be by the end of the month. The bid packet for the surfacing is ready to be sent out. Depending on the weather, we still plan to have the street completed before the end of the year.


Foreman, Kenny Kinder and some of our County employees provided assistance to the fire departments fighting the fire north of Indiahoma. At the request of the Incident Commander, we had a motor grader cutting fire breaks and we provided and hauled fuel to the fire trucks engaged in trying to contain the fire.


Kenny and I met with the Cache Mayor and his staff, and members of the Comanche Nation to discuss resurfacing some of the streets on the east side of the City. We are currently working out an agreement that formalizes the arrangement and responsibilities.


I met with the officers of the Pecan Valley North Homeowners Association to discuss a number of problems with their streets and drainage. . We repainted the right turning lane that goes into Pecan Valley North and the Lawton Christian School.


The Meers Volunteer Fire Department, with a REAP grant and a large amount of in-kind contributions has expanded their fire station. Then we had our crew expand the parking lot and drive way to accommodate the new addition to the fire station.


We provided assistance to some of the schools in the District. We hauled wood chips for the playground and a special type of dirt for their softball and baseball diamonds. Heavy equipment installing new air conditioner units on the roof of the high school damaged the parking lot and we dug out the damaged spots and patched them with crusher rock and screenings.


If you have questions or concerns, I can be contacted at or you may phone the Courthouse or County Barn and I will return your call.

You can access this report monthly on the county web site as well as the County Times. The official web site is maintained by the Comanche County Public Information Office.



This is the first Road and Bridge report since the Primary Election, and I want to thank folks for their support and confidence, and for allowing me to serve another term. 


The road crew and support staff of the District 3 County Barn have just completed their well-deserved summer vacation break, and are now back to work full time.


Before the break, but after my last report to you, the road crew oiled and chipped three miles of McClung Road from State Highway 58 to Shroyer Road. We also completed the mile of Paradise Valley Drive north of Meers-Porterhill Road and the mile of Crater Creek Road from Coombs to Woodlawn.


We have gone out for bids to do a 2 inch overlay on the Meers-Porterhill Road. The funding for this project is provided by the Comanche Nation Transportation Department. We appreciate our fine working relationship with the Comanche Nation, and the cooperative projects we are able to complete together.


The crew re-cycled a mile of Holsey Acres Road from Big Bow Road to Bandy Road and 2nd Street and Wildflower Subdivision, in the City of Cache. We have yet to recycle Holsey Acres Road from Old Cache Road to Big Bow, but do plan that soon. The re-cycled roads in Holsey Acres and 2nd Street in Cache will be oiled and chipped later this summer.


A section of Indiahoma Road near the cemetery was recycled and repaired. The road crew is finishing oil and chipping 2 miles of Streets in Chattanooga.


The bridge on Boulder Creek at Gore Blvd. has been completed. However, we have not had the final inspection by ODOT and the County.


Letters to the landowners adjacent to the bridge on Airport Road, a ½ mile south of Old Cache Road, have been notified that the environmental studies will be taking place within the next several months.


Several of our crew worked at the Fair Grounds hauling dirt in for the Grand National Horsemen Association Play Day Finals. This event will be held the week of July 19-27, 2014. This big event is held annually, and brings in a large number of people that benefits the Lawton area economically.


Phase 2 of 112th Street status: The east fence of the north ½ mile has been moved over seventeen feet to the new right of way. The utility companies have until the end of the month of July to move their lines. Once the utilities are cleared, the City and County will put in new cross drains and prepare the road bed for resurfacing. The bid packet is being prepared to go out for the final layers of aggregate and asphalt surfacing.


Continuing our upgrade of District 3 equipment, we took delivery on two new motor graders to replace the older ones in our inventory.


Our crew has sprayed the intersections and bridges to kill the weeds, and we have been clearing brush and trimming tree limbs back to improve visibility.


A number of areas of streets in Pecan Valley North and South subdivisions have been dug out and repaired.


If you have questions or concerns, I can be contacted at or you may phone the Courthouse or County Barn and I will return your call.  You can also access this report monthly on the county web site as well as the County Times. The official web site is maintained by the Comanche County Public Information Office.


Another month with little rainfall, however the grass is beginning to grow and we have started our mowing operations.

The road crew has continued to prepare roads to be oil and chipped this summer. They have recycled the road surface on two miles of McClung Road between State Highway 59 and Shroyer Road.  This is the last of our FEMA funded roads.

We have been working on funds to do a 2 inch overlay on the Meers-Porterhill Road which is classified as a major collector and did not qualify for FEMA funds.  The total cost of this project would be about one million dollars.

We also have Crater Creek Road between Coombs and Woodlawn Roads, Chattanooga’s Cemetery Road, and Paradise Valley Road north of Meers-Porterhill Road prepared and ready to oil & chip.

The crew will next move to Holsey Acres Road from Old Cache Road to Bandy Road and 2nd Street in the City of Cache.

H.K. Builders have started the bridge on Boulder Creek at Gore Blvd.  Construction is almost half completed. They should be finished by the first of July.

Several of our crew worked at the Fair Grounds hauling off woodchips that was used in the stock show.  Once the wood chips are used for such an event, it has so much manure and trash in it that it has to be hauled off.

We are continuing to make progress on our Phase 2 of 112th Street.  The necessary right of way has been acquired and the survey completed.  The fence will be moved over from the old property line.  C.E.C. Engineering, Road Forman Kenny Kinder and I met with the various utility companies so they can start moving their lines to accommodate the new roadway.

This past month we hauled sand to the Cache Middle School new playgrounds.  We have also continued to clear the trees and brush out of the bar ditches in anticipation of someday getting rain.

ODOT is requiring all of our street signs with 4 inch lettering to be replaced with 6 inch letters.  The signs cost about $50 each and with 625 miles of road, one can only imagine how many signs that we will have to replace & the big increase in expense this will be.  Also we have been requested to photograph every intersection to be posted on Google earth.

If you have questions or concerns, I can be contacted at or you may phone the Courthouse or County Barn.

You can access this report monthly on the county web site as well as the County Times. The official web site is maintained by the Comanche County Public Information Office.  You may also access it at


Don Hawthorne of Cache has announced he is a candidate for re-election for Comanche County Commissioner, District 3.


Hawthorne said “I am proud of the accomplishments that we have made during my first term, but there is more I would like to see done.”


During Commissioner Hawthorne’s first term, he placed a major emphasis on repairing roads and bridges within the District and upgrading District 3 equipment.


Under his direction, the S.W. Lee Blvd project was completed. This project was 5.4 miles and cost over $6 million.  The road crew has redone over 60 miles of roads, using County Highway and FEMA funding.  Two bridges have been replaced and three more scheduled for replacement, as well as 42 bridges repaired. Working with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and the City of Lawton, he initiated obtaining funding for the replacement of 112th Street between Cache Road and S.W. Lee Blvd.


He has upgraded District 3’s equipment, by replacing five older motor graders with new ones, bought a new backhoe and front-end loader, added newer trucks to the fleet, including obtaining a no interest loan from ODOT Revolving Fund for three 2014 10-wheel Mack dump trucks.  He also obtained a grant to purchase a new wood chipper.  He purchased a boom truck for trimming trees that hang over the road ways, a patch truck, and a Graudall to clean out bar ditches around culverts.


Commissioner Hawthorne values his relationship with local tribal governments.  Joint projects have been undertaken with both the Comanche Nation and the Kiowa Nation Transportation Departments.


He has made improvements to the District Barn adding 1,475 square feet of office space adjoining the existing structure using non-highway funds, which enhanced cohesiveness of the office staff and the road crewHawthorne stated, “We have a good team working in District 3.”


Commissioner Hawthorne prepared a balanced budget for the last two fiscal years for the County.  This was accomplished by working closely with other elected officials and department heads.


He currently serves on the Citizens Advisory Board for the Juvenile Detention Center and the Comanche County Health Department Board.  He is on the Board of Director’s of Circuit Engineering District # 6 representing Comanche County, and also is a member on the Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma’s Legislative Committee.


Don graduated from Cache High School, where he was a member of the Bulldog baseball and basketball teams.  He then attended Oklahoma State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management in 1965.


He began his federal service career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1965.  Later he transferred to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services and retired in 1999, with 33 years of service.


During his career, Don has held numerous positions of responsibility.  He has managed multiple levels of funding from federal, state, county and private sources.  He has been accountable for being a good steward of the monies that were entrusted to him, and to implement and manage programs that met the needs of the public.  Hawthorne received numerous awards and recognition for his leadership, management abilities and accomplishments.


After retirement from federal service, he served as Legislative Liaison for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture during the 1999 Session of the Oklahoma Legislature.  He was a Trustee and served as Chairman of the Cache Economic Development Authority.


Don has been married 51 years to Carolyn Holden Hawthorne.  They are the parents of 3 daughters, Dana, Sheri and Susanne and have five grandchildren.


He and his wife are active members of the First United Methodist Church of Cache and Don is the Church Treasurer.  He is a member of the National Cattlemen’s and the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Associations, the Oklahoma Farm Bureau and the National Rifle Association of America.  Don and his brother Arnold Hawthorne run a small cow/calf operation in the county.


Commissioner Hawthorne stated, “As rural populations continue to grow, more demands are put on our roads and bridges in the county.   I would like to have the opportunity to continue the improvements we are making in the Western District,  therefore I am seeking a second term.”