OBITUARY

Donna Jewel Rodgers

April 2, 1954January 25, 2018

Donna Jewel Rodgers April 2, 1954 – January 25, 2018 Donna Rodgers, 63, of Tampa, Florida went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, January 25, 2018. Donna was priceless. She was a fierce protector and a natural born leader at home and at work. A native of Tampa, she graduated from Hillsborough High School and then followed her passion to help people as she entered her long and successful career as a police officer. In 1984, she started off as a dispatcher and shortly after completed the police academy and was sworn in as a USF police officer. Donna worked her way through the ranks earning letters of commendation and many awards including the two highest awards of Officer of the Year and USF Outstanding Staff Award. Her exceptional talent was recognized by her superiors and she was asked to lead many innovations for the department. Her assignments included the creation and leadership of the first Bike Squad for USF police (Strategic Deployment Unit), baton instructor for defensive tactics, Rape Aggression Defense instructor trainer, and Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division. After 30 years of dedication to her career as a police officer, she retired as Captain in 2014. Donna’s love for helping people reached far beyond her efforts in her career. She was a loving and devoted mom, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to many. Her strength and leadership qualities will never be replaced but will spread to live on in everyone she touched along the way. She is preceded in death by her father and mother, Carroll and Joyce Rodgers and brother Ronnie Rodgers. She is survived and will be dearly missed by her daughter Jennifer (Robert) Martinez, grandchildren Tori, Maddy and Sebastian, her great granddaughter Adelaide, sisters Ginger (Alan) Morgan and Debbie (Harry) Skibbe, nieces and nephews Carol, Ronnie, Ashley, Christian, Jonna, Ronnie, Hanna, Morgan and Logan. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11AM Monday, January 29, 2018 at Idlewild Baptist Church, 18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd, Lutz, FL 33548. A gathering of friends will be held prior to the service at 10AM also at the church and then a private family burial following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Wounded Warriors Project (support.woundedwarriorproject.org/Donate‎).

Services

  • Gathering

    Monday, January 29, 2018

  • A Celebration of Life

    Monday, January 29, 2018

Memories

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Tom Kelley

May 9, 2021

Hey it's Me, I can't believe this is the 4th Mothers Day since your Soul left to be with the Lord on Jan 25th, 2018. I have No Doubt that both your Grace & Pure Heart has or will earn you your Angel Wings. I could go on, but you already know my Timeless Love for you.

Me⚘

Mary Poole

February 3, 2018

I worked with Donna at USF as the Victim Advocate. I remember her compassion, intelligence, and comittment. I am so sorry that she passed way too young Sending my condolences to her family and friends.

Tim Shaffer

January 30, 2018

Heaven's new angel. Donna - such a wonderful person! You accomplished so much. Grateful to have had the opportunity to serve with you long ago. Peace be with you all.

January 29, 2018

My prayers and thoughts are with your entire family. I have known Donna since high school. I loved her sense of humor and caring heart. She will be dearly missed.

Marilyn Myers, Tampa, FL

January 29, 2018

Donna and Ginger were are next door neighbors. They baby sited both of our twin boys. They were like part of the family. They had a buestiful family. We will never forget them.

Tony and Yvonne Salario

Bill and Mary Pollock

January 28, 2018

Our prayers for family and friends as you face the final journey of Donna, as she rests in the arms of our Lord. Donna was a very caring individual and a valued officer. Donna, you will be missed.
Bill and Mary Pollock

Linda Padron

January 28, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Jeffrey & Diana

January 28, 2018

My deepest condolences to you and your family. Lt. Rodgers was a great supervisor back in the Criminal Investigations Division where I worked with her until she retired a few years ago. She looked so forward to her retirement day to spend her life and time time with her family. She will truly be missed.

Lynn Fucarino

January 28, 2018


Thinking of all of you and hoping that you will find comfort and peace in cherished memories. With my deepest sympathy.

steven candileri

January 28, 2018

sorry for your lost she will be missed by all

FROM THE FAMILY