Donald “Don” Fisher

July 14, 1950January 2, 2019

Donald "Don" Fisher,68, of Fort Wayne passed away on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. Don was born in 1950 in South Bend, Indiana. He was a son of the late Donald W. Fisher, Sr. and Vivian (Page) Fisher. He graduated from John Carroll University with a Bachelor of History and went on to receive a Masters of Library Science from Indiana University. He worked as reference librarian at the Bartholomew County library in Columbus, Indiana. He went on to become the manager of the Waynedale branch of the Allen County Public Library retiring in 2016. Don was an avid reader and beer connoisseur who enjoyed riding his bicycle and was very much a family man. He is survived by Jeannie (Kintz) Fisher, his wife of 45 years; his three children, Simon (Bonnie) Fisher, Jesse (Kathryn) Fisher, and Martha (Matthew Bassett) Fisher. His seven grandchildren, Stella, Akasha, Olivia, Ruby, Waylon, Arlo, and Emmit. Additionally, he leaves behind his four siblings, Elizabeth (Kirk) Pagenkopf, Christopher (Trina) Fisher, Margaret Fisher, and Alan (Sandy) Fisher. His nine nieces and nephews, and his entire family of in-laws. He will be truly, and profoundly missed by all of them. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 2304 Lower Huntington Rd., Fort Wayne. A gathering of friends and family will be 5-8 p.m. on Friday, January 18, 2019 at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home For Funerals, 6810 Old Trail Rd., Fort Wayne. In accordance with Don's Spirit, memorials may be made to either St. Therese Catholic Church or that of donor’s choice in lieu of flowers.


  • St. Therese Catholic Church
  • Donor's Choice


18 January

Gathering of Family and Friends

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home for Funerals

6810 Old Trail Road
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46809

19 January

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 am

St. Therese Catholic Church

2304 Lower Huntington Road
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46819

19 January

Final Resting: Catholic Cemetery

Catholic Cemetery

3500 Lake Avenue
Fort Wayne , Indiana 46805


Donald “Don” Fisher

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Sue Goshorn

January 16, 2019

Two weeks at the Waynedale Branch Library with Don was the first stop on my Grand Tour when I was hired at the library. It was the best two weeks of my Tour.

Don was the perfect person to introduce me to ACPL. He was an appropriate mix of a traditional library professional and a modern, progressive library manager. He had an innate sense of how to create a family at work, how to make the work fun, and how to establish a branch where everyone felt welcome.

As the years sped by, I never saw Don lose his enthusiasm for his staff or his branch. He never turned down an opportunity to help others. I will never forget him, and he will be sorely missed.

My deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

Vince & Marty LaBarbera

January 16, 2019

Dear Jeannie & family,

Know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May Don's soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.

Vince & Marty LaBarbera

M. Selking

January 15, 2019

Mr. Fisher was always helpful to our family for many years at the Waynedale branch and we enjoyed interacting with him. May the Lord be with you.
The Lord never leaves you. He is our Rock and Sakvation. M. Selking

Pam Hoffman

January 15, 2019

I was so lucky to have worked with Don for almost thirty years at the Waynedale Library. He taught me more than he ever realized. He was a disciplined man, knowledgeable in countless subjects, full of boundless energy. Don created a fine family at home and at the Waynedale Library. I treasure the many laughs we shared. My love to Jeannie, Simon, Jesse and Martha and his beloved grandchildren.

Benita Browning

January 10, 2019

Don was a wonderful guy. He worked harder than just about anyone I know. Though I didn't get to work with him very often, he certainly left an impression.

Lisa Worrell

January 10, 2019

I was so saddened to hear of Don's passing. He was a wise, wonderful, and caring colleague & mentor to me. I know how much he was enjoying spending time with his grandkids in retirement, and I wish he had had much more time to do so. Sending comfort and peace to his wife and family.

Cheryl Mathews

January 9, 2019

Don was such a great guy! Smart, funny, a wonderful co-worker and friend. My sympathies to Jeanne, Simon, Jesse, Martha, and the grandchildren that he so enjoyed. He will be missed very much.

Cheryl Mathews

Mary Loney

January 9, 2019

I am very grateful for the many years I spent working at the library with Don. I admired his leadership and appreciated his friendship and guidance. I am deeply saddened by his death and will continue to keep both him and his family in my thoughts and prayers.

Mary K. Loney

Ted Brown

January 8, 2019

Was one of the best. He ran his branch with lots of wisdom and ran one of the most effecient branch in Allen County I have so much I want to say but don't know how to say it.
He is missed. He treated everyone the same way he wanted to be treated.
My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.

Evan Davis

January 7, 2019

Don was a fine librarian, a fine library manager and a premier family man. He was my primary mentor in librarianship and generously helped me create a second career. He had tremendous directed energy for his work -- hustling like a kid but with the wisdom of experience. He was also a good friend, and I'm saddened for his family and the rest of us that he had to leave us so soon. I'm glad he had at least a little retirement time to be super-grandpa, but I wish he had had much more.