Donald "Donny" Gene Kumer

July 12, 1954April 10, 2021
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Donald Kumer (1954-2021)

Don was gifted and loved ----

He was gifted by God to an Annapolis family whose history goes back four Annapolis generations. Don was the much loved youngest of six chidren (Harold, Richard, Michael, Irene and Janet Kumer-Ewing) born to Ellen and Harold Kumer. He loved his family and stayed close to them throughout his life.

In adulthood, he was gifted by God with a loving family- his two daughters, Lisa and Amelia and their mother, Martha. He loved his family very much.

He was loved by his many nieces and nephews.

He was a naturally gifted guitarist. He shared his love of history, music and the arts with others throughout his life.

His first 18 years were influenced by his parents, St. Mary's Church and St Mary's School, where service to others was instilled in his soul. He received the Sacraments of Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation at St. Mary's Church. He served as an altar boy at St. Mary's.

Don had a deep spiritual life and relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

Suffering brings compassion, empathy and respect for others. Don demonstrated strength and bravery during his over 23 years battle with cancer. Don helped many people throughout his life through his work, in his career as a Maryland State Parole and Probation Officer for over 30 years and in retirement, as counselor at the Anne Arundel Medical Center, Pathways Substance Abuse Treatment Center.

Don was a 1972 graduate of St. Mary's School and a 1977 graduate of the University of Maryland. His daughter, Amelia, is currently a student at the University of Maryland. (Note: The first electrification of St Mary's Church was supervised by his Grandfather, Francis Jacobi, an electrical engineer, His mother was a member of the St Mary's Chapter of the Catholic Daughters and his father was a member of the St. Mary's Knights of Columbus.)

The family will receive visitors at the John M. Taylor Funeral Home 147 Duke of Gloucester Street Annapolis, Maryland 21401 on Friday, April 23rd,from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church 109 Duke of Gloucester Street Annapolis, Maryland 21401 on Saturday, April 24th, at 9 am. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers memorials in his name to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society will be appreciated.


  • Receiving of Friends

    Friday, April 23, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, April 24, 2021


Donald "Donny" Gene Kumer

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Mike Driscoll

April 30, 2021

May his name be for a blessing.

Lorie Fitzsimmons

April 24, 2021

My condolences to my dear friend Janet on the loss of her brother, and condolences to the entire Kumer family. May Donny rest in peace.

Leanne Peters

April 23, 2021

My heart goes out to the Kumer family on the loss of their father and brother. He was a substantial individual whose joyful presence will be sorely missed.

Marta Kumer

April 23, 2021

Remembering Donny as a loving uncle and brother-in-law, “the conscience of Naptown” with his witty and trenchant letters to the editor, big brother Buzz’s “mini-me” - and as a great model of courage, independence, and grit.

lemuel taylor

April 20, 2021

My condolonces to his daughters and the whole kumer family. I went to St Marys with Don for 11 years. I little played baseball with don when we were 12-13 years old. I just found a picture of him and a bunch of other guys that went to St Marys. I ran into him from time to time. We rode the city bus home from school most days i would run into him at the mall ,movies and early years at the wharf and the ebb tide.I hope their is peace in knowing that Don is with the Lord.I Know I will see him again. Lemuel

Ernest Eley

April 18, 2021

My sincere condolences to all of Don's family and friends. He and I started at Public Safety back in 1980, fresh college graduates and excited about the future. We grew up professionally together- he was so excited by the birth of his daughters and so proud of all their accomplishments. Don was always an intelligent guy and proud Annapolitan. I will cherish so many fun /wonderful office and challenging work experiences with him. Don is gone too soon-May my good friend rest in Peace and May his memories be Blessings to all.

E. Eley, Jr.

Pamela Porter

April 17, 2021

RIP Co-Worker

Patrick Gregory

April 16, 2021

Condolences to the Kumer family. Donny and I grew up together in the Victor Haven neighborhood. We both went through the St Mary’s school system together. Many fond memories. He will be missed.

Arthur Brady

April 15, 2021

As Seniors Don and I were talked into the chorus by our cute music teacher. We met on Wednesday evenings and had a blast being two guys in a mostly female group.
Good memories, good times, my heart goes out to Don's family and my prayers are with you.
My sincere condolences to all, Art Brady

Charlie Armiger

April 15, 2021

In fond memory of a family friend, classmate ('72), 12yr Club member and daily lunch table mate. Strange that earlier this week my sister and I were talking about your Mom and family. For those who were together in 7th grade, you may remember lining up in front of the class for lunch, and talking. Our teacher would walk down the middle of the line and slap whoever was not minding. Don ducked one swing and she almost fell down. Priceless defiance!! Don Kumer was, and his family are: true Annapolitans! So, sorry to lose an old friend who enhanced 12 yrs in my life and helped define who I am. Keep ducking , Don!



Donald Gene Kumer was born in Annapolis, Maryland on July 12th 1954 to Ellen and Harold Kumer. Don was a lifelong Annapolitan and resided in Eastport at the time of his passing. Don was the youngest of 6: Harold Jr. aka Buster/Buzz, Richard, the late Michael aka Mikey, Janet, and Irene.
As a young boy growing up in Victor Haven, Don participated in the boy scouts and was an alter boy at St. Mary's Catholic Church. His mother was a devoted Catholic and nurse and his father, a gifted painter, sadly passed away when Donald was a teenager. His father's artistic abilities no doubt were passed on to his 6 children: all of whom are either painters or musicians themselves.
Don loved animals and had beloved childhood pets like Lucky the dog and Blacky the cat. In adulthood Don had cats and finally allowed a family dog, Cookie, whom he really enjoyed spending time with. With regards to wild animals Don particularly liked wolves, American bison, and large birds of prey like Osprey and Eagles. He kept binoculars in his truck and at home, on the lookout.
A talented musician, Don loved music, his extensive CD collection offers proof, and was a naturally gifted guitarist and owned three beautiful guitars. He overcame a serious infection in his wrist around 2012 and one of his priorities was recovering and attending physical therapy so that he could continue to play guitar. Don shared his love for music by taking his 2 daughters to a variety of concerts including symphonies, flamenco, jazz guitar, cellists, violinists, trumpeters, and musical theater over many years. It was important to him that his daughters have an appreciation for the arts. Don enjoyed visiting museums and contemplating fine art and expanding the mind.
An extremely well read man, Don was incredibly knowledgeable and worldly. He enjoyed working on the daily crossword puzzles and sharing news articles and books he found interesting with friends, family, and coworkers. Don taught his oldest daughter to read before she began learning in kindergarten and encouraged reading by recommending and gifting his daughters books throughout their lives. Don also had a particular fondness for poetry and kept many large volumes. He highlighted his favorites blessing us with the gift to be able to go back and read the ones that resonated with him the most. His expansive private library is still giving. He was particularly interested in American and World history, specifically the Civil and World Wars. He also enjoyed reading biographies and would often read two biographies on the same person. Don often would request specific books as gifts or gift cards to the local bookstore where he often enjoyed reading and a snack at the café.
Not only was Don a voracious reader but he was also a film buff. Don enjoyed the TV channels TCM and AMC, and going to the movie theater quite often. Some of the most cherished memories his daughters have with him are going to the movies together or picking up DVDs to watch at home. He often quoted or reenacted lines from various films such as the Godfather (one of his favorites) and Dirty Harry. A man of great humor, Don would pretend to be Mike Myers from Halloween and chase Amelia and her friends when they were little resulting in hilarious chaos and laughter.
Another hobby of Don's was watch, timepiece, collecting and watch care. He kept over a dozen watches at any given time in his collection and would often generously share his watch bands with others if he thought their own watch needed some sprucing up.
Don attended St. Mary's high school and later in life volunteered there as an ESL teacher. Don was a gifted teacher and counselor. He graduated from the University of Maryland where his youngest daughter, Amelia, now attends.
Don married Martha Danner in 1992 and they had two daughters together: Lisa and Amelia. Don enjoyed renovating their shared home in Loch Haven in Edgewater, MD. A curious handyman who dabbled in woodworking, Don built the home's dining table. It still resides in Martha's home today. Donald moved to Eastport around 2011 and decorated his apartment in his beloved craftsman style. Don was a gifted designer with an eye for unique furniture, art, and antiques of all kinds. With a green thumb Don also was a decorator outdoors and had a knack for gardening and landscaping.
A well traveled individual, Donald particularly enjoyed the Western United States. He visited the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Tetons, the Redwood Forest in California, and New Mexico. An adventurous man, Don also traveled to Mexico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, Maine, and the Florida Keys where he completed an Outward Bound sailing program. He even went skydiving and whitewater rafting.
Don also enjoyed hiking all around his home state of Maryland and exploring the eastern shore. He would try restaurants all over Maryland in search of the perfect crab cake. If he couldn't find a decent one he would just make his own. Don and his family also enjoyed dining and antiquing on the Eastern Shore. He had a special interest in antiques that told the history of this region such as Oyster cans, watermen and nature photography, and other nautical themed art.
A natural swimmer, Don really enjoyed pool days and lounging by the pool with a book or crossword puzzle. He enjoyed going to the fitness center and walking the indoor and outdoor tracks. Don and his oldest daughter Lisa would often run into each other at Pip Moyer fitness center in Annapolis and discuss workout routines. Don gifted Lisa her first annual membership when she moved to Annapolis.
After retiring from a prolific career with the Department of Parole and Probation Donald studied for and received his addictions counselor certification from AACC. He became a treatment assistant at Pathways and was adored by both patients and coworkers. His calm demeanor, despite his 6 foot 4 frame, and positive attitude had an invaluable impact on those struggling with addiction. A lifelong student and teacher Don was dedicated to broadening horizons and improving attitude and outlook on life. Despite his decades long battle with cancer he continued to live each day with a positive attitude focused on living and never on dying. His last battle with cancer, an aggressive form of leukemia, was hard fought. Don elected to try a clinical trial. Although it did not work for Don even his last act was dedicated to helping others. His family is so incredibly grateful to and proud of him for trying his hardest to stick around. He gave it his all. Don often said that taking care of his health was a full time job that he took one day at a time rather than allowing worry to consume him.
Don had a special relationship with Jesus Christ and believed in his message of Love. He studied religion and God and always returned to Jesus' greatest lesson of Love thy neighbor. He also was interested in Eastern philosophy and themes of peace, serenity, and the power of meditation.
Although Don was content doing his own thing and often preferred it, he was a gifted conversationalist and socializer. He developed friendships at some of his favorite local spots like Bagels And.., Ah Coffee, and Chris' Charcoal Pit. An active member at Wellness house Don formed strong bonds with other cancer patients and survivors. He often shared his struggles and offered lessons learned and advice to help others with their own hardships. An inspiration and safe harbor for many Don often reminded us "Don't sweat the small stuff, and Hey it's all small stuff."
Don was a memorable man who made an impact on countless lives, especially his daughters'. A loving father to both, he often guided them with his wisdom, honesty, and love. Don will forever live on in their hearts and memory.
Don's absence will no doubt affect many and his quick wit, intelligence, humor, wisdom and love will be greatly missed by all.