Donald A. Rowe

November 10, 1940December 19, 2018
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Donald Ayers Rowe was born November 10, 1940 in Detroit, MI to James Rowe and Letsie Rowe [née Ayers]. He was an only child, but was surrounded by aunts, uncles and several cousins who he considered to be siblings. Donald spent his childhood in both Hamtramck, MI, and Detroit. He attended Pershing High School in Detroit and graduated in 1958. After high school, Donald initially attended Wayne State University, but later enlisted in the U.S. Army along with his cousin Frank Rowe. He served honorably from 1959 to 1965 in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserves.

Donald moved back home to Detroit and worked as a stationary engineer. After starting and stopping college several times, Donald’s determination led him to graduate Summa Cum Laude from Detroit Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1975. In 1980, he earned his master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Wayne State University. Donald went on to have a long and successful engineering career before retiring in 2008.

In 1973, Donald met the love of his life, Linda. The couple married on November 14, 1974 and later had two sons, Jason and Darrin. In 1982, Donald dedicated his life to Christ and joined Full Gospel Tabernacle, where he served as a deacon, treasurer, prison minister and Sunday school teacher. Donald and Linda later joined Living Bread Ministries where they were both ordained as Elders. As an Elder, Donald served on mission trips to Lima, Peru in 2003 and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2007.

In 2009, Donald moved to Dallas, TX along with his wife and mother. He joined Word of Life Church of God in Christ and continued to serve the Lord in retirement. He continued to be an active church member despite lingering health problems. His sons, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, sister-in-law, nephews, cousins and extended Texas church community spent time with him in his final days. Surrounded by family and loved ones, Donald peacefully passed away and went to be with the Lord in the early morning hours on December 19, 2018. He was 78 years old.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, James and Letsie, and wife, Linda. Donald is survived by Jason and Cynthia (son and daughter-in-law), Darrin and Keisha (son and daughter-in-law), and Jeremy, Gabriella, Jaden, Nya and Daniela (grandchildren).


  • Survived by Jason and Cynthia (son and daughter-in-law), Darrin and Keisha (son and daughter-in-law), and Jeremy, Gabriella, Jaden, Nya and Daniela (grandchildren).


  • Visitation Wednesday, December 26, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, December 27, 2018
  • Graveside Service Friday, December 28, 2018

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Gloria Boykin-Bell

December 28, 2018

Dear Darrin, Jason and the Rowe family.
I’m also extending my condolences to you and your family. My mother, Maggie Boykin, and your grandmother Letsie, were more like sisters than cousins. The Rowe family has always been a part of our lives, my Mother named our youngest sister, Letsie, in honor of Donald’s mother.
Take heart in knowing that they’re all together now, enjoying a “well done thy faithful servant” from our Lord Jesus.
Our prayers are for the Lord to comfort and console you and your family during this time.
Gloria Boykin Bell

Letzie Bloom

December 28, 2018

Dear Darrin and Jason,

I extend my deepest sympathies to you and your family. May the soul of your father be at peace with our Heavenly Father.

I am blessed to have had the privilege of knowing my cousin, Donald. I will always remember my time with Donald and your sweet grandmother, Letsie. They embodied gentleness and grace whenever I visited with them. They were living witnesses of the love of Jesus Christ our Savior and that legacy continues to live in all of us who knew them.

May our Lord bless and comfort your family during this time of great sadness.

Letsie Boykin Bloom

Corey Coleman

December 28, 2018

Sending prayers and our deepest condolences for cousin Donald's passing. Although we couldn't be there in person, we're there in spirit.
God Bless you all.

Corey Coleman and Family

Elsa Ann Boykin-Jackson

December 27, 2018

Our condolences to Jason, Darrin and the Rowe family.
It's hard to say good-bye to someone that you love,
although you know they're safe with God above.
Tears wash away the pain, but it can't remove the love.
The memories live forever safe in God's hands above.
Love and Prayers,
The Boykin Cousins
Elsa Ann Boykin-Jackson, Gloria Jean Bell, Mary Scales, Letsie Bloom

Omar Franklin

December 27, 2018

Uncle Donald you will be truly missed, thank you for being a Part of my life and looking after me. I know your in a better place now. May your Legacy live forever..

Debora Rowe

December 27, 2018

My condolences to Jason, Darrin and family. Donald was one of my older first cousins by 20 years. If he hadn't talk to you in a while , he would call to check to make sure your doing OK! I remember visiting Donald and Linda's church several times with my sister's Pat and Nora, in Detroit, MI. If you needed advice he say Let's talk and Pray on it.
I will deeply miss his advice, and his lectures will forever be in my heart and thoughts.

Debora Rowe

Willie Boykin

December 27, 2018

Though Donald was my cousin, I felt like he was more of a big brother to me.
Donald was really dedicated to the Lord and lived a Christian life every day.
We had very enjoyable conversations whenever we got together about many
of our family members from our past. And conversations about people during his life that he was able to preach the gospel to and how many of them had their lives changed after being saved. I will always cherish those times we had together and was blessed having him here in Dallas with us.

Willie and Cheryl Triggs

December 27, 2018

Dear Jason and Darrin,
Your father was a man of great integrity, loyalty and trust. He had a way of inspiring confidence in others with his mild, competent manner of approaching life's situations. Donald Rowe was a man that we were honored to know because of his quiet, gentle way of communicating with people. But behind that calm exterior, there was a man who loved God and loved his family with great passion.
Through the life of this faithful man, the two of you have received a great legacy that will continue to unfold as you live your lives out as his sons . Jason and Darrin, you both are the testimony of your Dad, and God has entrusted you with great wisdom, decency, competency, and a desire to reflect the character and love of God in all you do in life. And as the sons of such a great man, we believe this is exactly what you both will do.
We will always remember your father as a man among men - one who stood out and stood up. We bless God for the life of Donald A. Rowe. Truly, in the days to come, you both will be able to stand a little taller, endure a little longer, love a little deeper, and invest in the lives of your young ones - just as your wonderful father invested in the two of you.

Willie and Cheryl Triggs
Southfield, MI

Nell Boykin

December 27, 2018

I will never forget the way Donald welcomed me into the family. Donald instantly became my beloved cousin. I so enjoyed Donald's company. Donald was wise beyond words; always faithful, thoughtful and considerate. Donald was filled with joy and his good nature always made me smile. He will be greatly missed. My condolences to the Rowe family.

With love,

Cousin Nell

(The picture below is of Donald delivering a wonderful sermon on 3/18/18)

Sterling Rowe

December 27, 2018

My dad Frank Rowe and Donald although cousins, they were very close grew up like brothers. They went to school together, they went in the Army together and both were two of the best Dads you could ever asked for!! I never saw or heard of them having even the slightest disagreement on anything, I just can't put into words how much I loved and respected Donald and how much I'm going to miss him! His wisdom and influence made you a better person, I know it did for me!! I'm going to miss you soooooo very MUCH !!!
Love you!!!
Your Cousin