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Donald W. Myers, 83

June 03, 2010

SEPT. 18, 1926-MAY 29, 2010

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Donald W. Myers, formerly of Rocky Ridge, Md., and most recently of Cape Coral, passed away Saturday, May 29, 2010, after a long battle with dementia.

Born Sept. 18, 1926, in Cearfoss, Md., Don was the son of the late Alton S. Myers and Maizie Pearl Weaver Myers of Hagerstown.

Don graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1944, where his buddies included Tony Cordell, Rich Jackson, "Cowboy" Ebersole, Joe Surrano, Joe Palkovich, Bob Rohrer and Doug Weaver.

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After high school, Don received pilot training with the U.S. Army Air Corps until the end of World War II. He went on to play baseball in Valdosta, Ga., for the Valdosta Dodgers, a farm team of the Brooklyn Dodgers, where he was 4-for-4 his first day. Tragically, Don's baseball career was cut short due to a knee injury, but he continued to play semipro baseball with Hagerstown-area teams, and later played softball into his 60s, for Frederick and Thurmont teams. Don exercised regularly, and prided himself on his exceptional physical strength and ability, winning four medals at the Senior Olympics in 1981 and 1982.

Don retired from C&P Telephone Co. in 1986, after 40 years of service that included being manager for the Brunswick, Md., area, and working in the engineering department in Frederick, Md., until his retirement.

While living in Brunswick, he was active with Bethany Lutheran Church, where he served as deacon, and later, while living in Rocky Ridge, Don and his family were active members of St. John's Lutheran Church of Creagerstown, Md.

Until his illness, Don was an active member of the Telephone Pioneers.

He was a former member of the Brunswick Lions Club, having served as president. He coached Del Marva Little League baseball, and became a Mason. He was also an active fan of his children's athletic activities.

Always ready to play a practical joke or make people laugh, right up to the end of his life, Don had many friends.

Don is survived by children, Jeff Myers of San Francisco, Cathy Vance and husband, Charlie, of Washington, D.C., Kristi Bostian and husband, David, of Waynesboro, Pa., and Jake Myers and wife, Angela, of Baltimore; stepsons, Robert Dixon Jr. of Brunswick and Timothy Dixon of Jefferson; grandchildren, Anna Myers, Sarah Satow, Tiffany and Tara Free, and Benjamin Myers. He is also survived by sister, Helen "Lorraine" Elgin of Melbourne, Fla.; brother, Richard "Dick" Myers of Hagerstown; and several nieces and nephews.

Don leaves behind his first love, Doris Gossard Cottingham; and her family, John Cottingham and wife, Donna, Dee Cottingham and her companion, Jerry Berlin, Jim Cottingham and his wife, Teresa, Janice Murray and husband, Larry, and their children, with whom he had many special memories and a trip to Ireland, a highlight of his life. He will be remembered by his best friend, Ralph Clark, and his wife, Nancy.

For the last years of Don's life, he had a very special friend and caretaker, Lance Parker, who stayed with him 24 hours a day, making it possible for him to live at home and go for long rides in the car, singing to the radio.

There will be a memorial service with Bluegrass Blend for Don on June 27 from 3 to 6 p.m. Anyone wishing to attend should contact Cathy Vance at winterscat@aol.com">winterscat@aol.com or call 301-514-2619.

Those wishing to do so can make a contribution to the charity of their choice.

Internment will be private.

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