Donald Patton Rogers, 71, of Tallahassee, died on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 of pancreatic cancer. He was at home with his surviving spouse, Stephanie Schotting Rogers.
Don Rogers was born to Otis and Opal Rogers of Kenvir, Kentucky, on Sept. 17, 1941. He is survived by brothers, Bob L. and Jerry Rogers, of Kentucky, and sister Barbara Rogers Asher, of Michigan; his children Paul Rogers (Sylvia Pierce), of Michigan, Patricia Rogers Reed (Steve Reed), of Ohio, and Don Rogers Jr. (Tina Stone Rogers), of Virginia; three grandchildren, Robert and Christopher Rogers, of Virginia, and Steven Rogers, of Michigan; and two step-children Cole Carritz and Shannon Carritz Summerlin, of Tallahassee.
Don Rogers spent much time in Carrabelle, originally coming here for recreational fishing and boating, eventually purchasing a boat, and a piece of land on Timber Island Road, where he built a dock to keep the boat.
He loved to fish, and his many friends in Carrabelle will remember him for his unfailing good humor, generosity, and the rare ability to laugh at himself. While he loved good food, drink and company, at heart he was a hardworking man whose focus was primarily on his family.
It was on a weekend trip to Carrabelle that he met and fell in love with his surviving wife, Stephanie. After their marriage, he built a second home on his Timber Island property, and it was to Carrabelle that the Rogers family continued to retreat for holidays and vacations, enjoying many sunny days, riding out a few storms, and filling out years of love and happy memories.
Don Rogers will be missed, and remembered fondly by all his Carrabelle friends.