December 9, 1958 ~ March 20, 2020

Born in: Indianapolis, IN
Resided in: Indianapolis, IN

Donald Eugene Summers was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on December 9, 1958, to parents David Daniel Summers and Nettie Jean Summers. He graduated from Northwest High School in 1977 and enlisted in the United States Air Force upon commencement. After a four-year tour of duty in Germany, Donald was stationed at Beale Air Force Base (California) where he met, and married, Shondra Coleman in 1983. To this union were born two sons, Brandon Christopher Summers and Dexter Alexander Summers.

Donald served in the United States Air Force for 17 years. He worked in logistics and as a recruiter, attaining the rank of Master Sergeant. In 1994, Donald was honorably discharged. His military service included tours of duty at Sembach Air Force Base (Germany), Beale Air Force Base (California), Ahlhorn Air Force Base (Germany), Nellis Air Force Base (Nevada) and Castle Air Force Base (California). After his departure from the military, he embarked on a career in high-end retail, working for Saks Fifth Avenue for over 10 years.

Donald was a sports enthusiast and enjoyed watching golf, basketball, and track & field. He was a talented drummer who played in church through early adulthood. His love for music, especially jazz and R&B, was exhibited by his extensive collection of records, CDs and live concert recordings. Donald was a loving and engaged father who was active in the lives of his sons. He was always present at their basketball games, track meets and orchestra concerts. Donald was a believer and faithful member of Mountaintop Faith Ministries in Las Vegas, Nevada. He also was a dedicated member of Grace Apostolic Church in Indianapolis, Indiana where he served on the Usher Board.

Donald is survived by his sons, Brandon Summers and Dexter Summers (Dorothy); granddaughter, Ella Summers; mother, Nettie Keller; siblings: James Briscoe (Debra), Carolyn Briscoe Maxey Bellamy, Jerry Briscoe, David Summers (Diana), Viola Summers McGrone Todd (Richard), Jacquetta Summers and George Summers; and a host of nieces and nephews.

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  1. Donald, you were my dearest friend in high school! We had such good times playing in the band, hanging out with our friends, sharing hopes and dreams for the future. I remember how excited you were to join the Air force, looking forward to lifes next great adventure. Always seeing the bright side and full of encouragement, you helped me through one the most difficult times of my life when my nephew died. When Steve and I decided to marry, you were thrilled to be a part of our wedding, witnessing our very special occasion! You were such a big part of my young life and I have always regretted the fact that we lost touch with each other. You were one of the best people God ever blessed my life with and I miss you dearly.

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