Donald Eugene Risser Jr.

August 8, 1960June 5, 2018

Donald Eugene Risser Jr. 57, of Cary NC, passed away suddenly on June 5th, 2018. Don was born in Mobile Alabama but spent most of his adult life in Cary.

He earned his bachelor's degree in horticulture from NC State University and worked for Buchanan’s Nursery for nearly 20 years ultimately becoming owner. Don was a plant expert and landscaper and over the years touched many people and gardens in the community. Don's twin children Matt and Mattie were always his pride and joy and he loved them dearly. He was loved and will be truly missed by his family.

Don was preceded in death by his parents Don & Joanne (Jo) Risser & sister Lizbeth Risser.

He is survived by Meg Risser and his children Matthew Risser of Dallas TX, Mattie Ritchison & her husband Cody of Fayetteville NC. and two sisters Meg Risser of Franklin, TN, and Amy Rinaldi & husband Nick of Philpot KY and several nieces and nephews, many great nieces and nephews and his beloved paw partner Bendi.

The family welcomes friends to come to the home on Sunday, June 10th, 2018 from 2-4 pm to share stories and remember what a great father, husband and man he was. It will be casual and come as you go so please drop by if you are able.

Arrangements are being handled by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home in Cary.


  • Visitation Sunday, June 10, 2018

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Charlott Ellington

July 8, 2018

I am so sorry to hear about Don. He was my mother's gardener for many years. When I visited my mother, Gerda Pleasants, we talk would about gardening and how much he loved his family. He really had a gift in making peoples yards look beautiful and he saved many plants from being destroyed when a house was torn down in Cary. Luckily I still have some plants that he gave me. I will miss him.

Ray and Holly winslow

June 27, 2018

We are so sorry to hear about Don. Thinking of you at this time.

Janet Pritchard

June 10, 2018

Sorry I am out of town and unable to come by today, but my thoughts and prayers are with you. Enjoyed very much talking to Don when I walked the dog. Remember him bringing the kids by on Halloween. He will truly be missed by all of his friends. He was a pleasure to know.

Robert Bass

June 9, 2018


I am so sorry to hear about Don's passing. I remember him fondly from my days at Buchanan's. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.


Mattie Risser

June 9, 2018

Please stop by the house on Sunday from 2-4 to celebrate his life with us.

Meg Risser

June 8, 2018

Dear Matt, Mattie and Meg,
Your daddy and husband was a spectacular, creative, giving, loving, faithful, Christian man, and your lives will ALWAYS be blessed by his legacy to yours. He sacrificed every day to give to his family, especially to you three, but also incredibly to Grandma Jo, his mom, and his sister, Lisbeth, both in pain of their own. He looked to and did make miracles happen, even when his life was touched by his own sadness and difficult, hard to manage physical health. Even in those he thought of you, missed you, did what he could for you. He was precious ALWAYS on earth and still is in God's Heart with our mom and sister.
I pray with my fullest heart that you find it in YOUR hearts to recall the many, many, many happy times there were being with him, the magical holidays, vacation trips, the precious gifts, the tickles and giggles from childhood, the parties, the earth digging with him, the swinging in your custom built backyard playset, the beauty he brought into your lives not just with plants but so much more, and the things he gave up for you, forebore for you especially when you faced your own struggles and pains.
Remember these things. Do NOT forget them. Love Don always, hold him in highest esteem in your hearts and memories even as he held you in his. Your lives are graced for having Don be there for you. Count your blessings, dear ones, more than your loss, even as I am trying to do in his death. Donald Eugene Risser, Jr. , precious person in life and death"!!! Praise God for granting you peaceful rest, ease and joy of soul , now, dear Don.
Love and honor ALWAYS to you from me, Don. Your Big Sister, Meg πŸ˜‡πŸ’•πŸ—½πŸŒ·πŸŽ΅πŸ˜‡πŸ’•πŸ—½πŸŒ·πŸŽ΅

Elaine Davis

June 7, 2018

Dear Meg and family,

We were very sad to hear the news about Don. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Adna and Elaine Davis

Kim Leach

June 7, 2018

Meg, Matt, and Mattie - so sorry to hear of your loss. Meg, please know that all of us at WakeMed Cary and all of my family are thinking and praying for you and yours. Please let us know if we can do anything for you. Kim Leach and family

robbie ransdell

June 7, 2018

Mr. Risser was a good man. I am going to miss him!