Don Kitz

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Don Khabir Kitz

March 2, 1939 Ė March 30, 2019

Don Khabir Kitz passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 30, at the age of 80. He was a master artist, a skilled teacher, and a kind, compassionate human. He will be missed by many.

Don was born in 1939 in Woodbury, New Jersey. He studied art at Philadelphia College of Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Art, receiving his Masterís degree from the San Antonio Art Institute. For 35 years Don lived on the edge of the Upper Buffalo River Wilderness in Northwest Arkansas, where he spent many happy hours hiking and painting in the pristine natural environment. The last few years of Donís life were spent in Eureka Springs, where he participated in the art community and was active with the Heart of Many Ways, a home for all faiths and spiritual paths. Throughout his life, Don was committed to living in alignment with to his spiritual ideals, and this was evident in all that he did.

From 1982 to 2005 Don directed the Art Department at North Arkansas College. In this capacity, he designed the teaching studio and adjacent courtyard, built the art program and inspired the artistic endeavors of countless students.

Don Kitz is survived by his son, Shams Kitz; his daughter, Elena Kitz; their mother, Deborah Khalisa Kitz; his sister, Marion Wilgus his nephew, Steven Wilgus and much extended family. A Celebration of Donís life will be held Thursday 9 May 2019: Universal Worship at 11:00 am Heart of Many Ways

68 Mountain Street, Eureka Springs AR, with a reception from noon to four following, at the Eureka Springs Unitarian Church.

Donations in honor of Donís life can be made to Heartsong Retreat Center, an interfaith center that he founded in the 1970ís. Heartsong c/o Gem Fredricks, 22 Bridge St, Eureka Springs, AR, 72632.