Don Khabir Kitz, 80, of Eureka Springs, died Saturday, March 30 (2019). A celebration of Don’s life will be held Thursday, May 9: Universal Worship at 11 a.m. Heart of Many Ways, 68 Mountain Street, Eureka Springs, AR, with a reception from noon to 4 p.m. following, at the Eureka Springs Unitarian Church. Memorials can be made to Heartsong Retreat Center, an interfaith center that he founded in the 1970’s. Heartsong c/o Gem Fredricks, 22 Bridge St, Eureka Springs, AR, 72632.
Don was born in Woodbury, New Jersey in 1939. He studied art at Philadelphia College of Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Art, receiving his Master’s degree from the San Antonio Art Institute. For 35 years Don lived on the edge of the Upper Buffalo River Wilderness in Northwest Arkansas. The last few years of Don’s life were spent in Eureka Springs.
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 an extended family.