Frank Vogler & Sons

2849 Middlebrook Drive, Clemmons, NC


Donald Lee Trotter

October 22, 1933August 6, 2019

Donald Lee Trotter, 85, of Winston-Salem passed away Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born October 22, 1933, in Randolph County to John Henry and Kate DeEtte Coltrane Trotter. Surviving are his wife of 16 years, Jeri Ann Trotter; 2 sons, Joe Trotter (Susan) and David Trotter; 3 stepchildren, Mike Denny (Joann), Marlene Harris (Tom), and Marietta Coles (Rob); 10 grandchildren; and 1 great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife; the mother of his children, Eleanor Mae Trotter; and brother, Gilbert Trotter. After serving in the US Army, Don attended and graduated from North Carolina State with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He then worked for Western Electric as an Engineer. He later joined Forsyth Technical Community College as an instructor, working there for over 30 years. He had a positive impact on the lives of many young people during his long teaching career.

Don was a very skilled wood carver, creating many beautiful, prize-winning wooden birds. He also enjoyed picture framing and loved to play golf. He and his wife Jeri were avid gardeners, winning many blue ribbons for their prize roses, and were long-time members of the Winston-Salem Rose Society.

Don was a kind and gentle man, and a wonderful husband, dad, and grandpa. He will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him.

A graveside service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 10, at Westlawn Gardens of Memory in Clemmons, with Rev. David Merritt officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:30-11:30 a.m. prior to the service at Frank Vogler and Sons Clemmons Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Forsyth Tech Foundation, 2100 Silas Creek Parkway, WS, NC 27103.


  • Jeri Ann Niece Trotter, Wife
  • Joe (Susan) Trotter, Son
  • David Trotter, Son
  • Mike (Joann) Denny, Stepson
  • Marlene (Tom) Harris, Stepdaughter
  • Marietta (Rob) Coles, Stepdaughter
  • Don is also survived by ten grandchildren and a great grandchild.

  • Forsyth Tech Foundation


  • Visitation Saturday, August 10, 2019
  • Graveside Service Saturday, August 10, 2019


Donald Lee Trotter

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Dale Routh

August 12, 2019

I attended Forsyth Tech in the late 80's and had Don as a teacher during that time while taking classes in the evening. I can say he was the best teacher I ever had. He will be missed.

Linda Petitto

August 8, 2019

I always thought of Don as a kind, gentle soul. He will be missed.

Janelle Frazier

August 8, 2019

Don was a fine man and I was blessed to be his friend. He will be missed by his family, by his sweet Rosie and his friends. So thankful for the wonderful memories of Don. Praying for comfort and peace for Jeri and family.