Donald S. Ball

Donald S Ball

FEBRUARY 17, 1942 – NOVEMBER 12, 2020

Donald Ball, 78, of Clearwater, FL, passed away on November 12, 2020. He was born in Miami, Florida to Hebert and Anne Ball, making him a 4th generation Floridian. Don was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

Don graduated from Florida State University, where he met his wife of 49 years, Janey Cubbon and earned a bachelors degree in education. Don and Janey went on to have 3 children, Laurie, Dan, and Chris. Don was a lifetime member of the NRA, an avid gun collector for over 50 years, a historian, a local Boy Scout Executive, an environmentalist and a teacher. He passed his knowledge about arrowheads, mangroves and antiques on to those he loved. He believed in treating people fairly and was a very generous and kind man.

Don is survived by his uncle, Frank Brockett; brother, James Ball; his children, Laurie Cottrell, Dan Ball, Chris Ball; his grandchildren, Raven, Summer, Catherine, Emily, River, and great-granddaughter Ava.


  • Survived by his uncle: Frank Brockett
    Brother; James Ball
    Children; Laurie Cottrell, Dan Ball, Chris Ball
    Grandchildren; Raven, Summer, Catherine, Emily, River and great-granddaughter Ava

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12/05/20 11:29 PM #1    

Dianne Masterson (Bennett)

Great memories of Donny. A Wheel Club Brother who was special to so many. Thinking of some great stories that go back a long way and put a smile on my face. Regrets to the family and thank you Donny for some great times and a Madras shirt or two. Joe and Dianne(Wheel Club Brother and Sister)

12/06/20 10:23 AM #2    

Serge A. Martinez

Donny Ball was a wonderful, considerate classmate. So sorry to hear he has left us.

Serge Martinez

12/06/20 01:53 PM #3    

Sally Darlow (Throckmorton)

So sorry to hear of Donny's passing.  He was a friend of mine from elementary school through high school.  I have the fondest memories of him and his wonderful personality.  My condolences to the family and pray that you are blessed with great memories of your time together.  Regards, Sally Darlow Throckmorton

12/06/20 02:25 PM #4    

Carlos A. Suarez

Don was a gentle man. Good sense of humor. We were both Wheel Club and Signa Nu brothers. I'm glad to have him as a friend.

12/06/20 03:33 PM #5    

Patricia McINTOSH (Coles)

Thank you Donny for always being supportive of me being new to MHS. You were a good friend who was always fun to be around. I looked forward to seeing you at our reunions. I framed the antique label "McIntosh" that you mailed me. You found it at an antique shop in FL and wanted me to have it. You were so thoughtful, Wheel Club brother, I will miss you. Patricia McIntosh Coles

12/07/20 10:50 AM #6    

Lynn Stanleigh

Many, many great memories with Donny, beginning at Silver Bluff and continuing through the years.  Bill and I would meet him and his wife for dinner when he'd come to Ft. Myers for a gun show.  He was a fantastic person and I will really miss him.  

12/07/20 03:43 PM #7    

Carol Ann Berlin (Lasseter-Rice)

With his warm, welcoming smile, Donny was always a caring, thoughtful soul. At our reunions, we had such good conversations about what mattered in our lives. His passion for living his best life was inspiring. As Ram Daas said, "Be Here Now" was a mantra for how Donny lived his life. RIP Donny!


12/08/20 01:14 PM #8    

Barry Sanders

Knew Donny since 5th grade at Silver Bluff.  Hope we can have our reunion before we lose too many more of our classmates. 

12/13/20 12:48 PM #9    

Robert Lasseter

Don was a longtime friend and will be missed.  I remember great times with him at Shenandoah and Miami High.  He was one of the good ones.

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