I worked as Don's assistant during 1980-1981 at the Alachua county corrections department in Gainesville, fl.
Bright, funny guy. Sincere man, I new his wife sue very well.
We would occasionally have dinner at each others homes in Gainesville.
Don cooked a terriffic steak.
Happy birthday daddy!! You would have been 69 today!! I miss you an mama more each day. So many times I have picked up the phone and started to dual tour number. I know you and mama are together in Heaven, enjoying eternity together. Happy Birthday!!
Where do I start? The last year has been a year to remember and a year to forget. One year ago today my family's lives changed forever. We said good bye to one of the strongest most compassionate person we all knew. My daddy. I remember thinking when I was younger how much I never wanted to say goodbye to either one of my parents, I couldn't imagine life without either one. Now, within one year we are having to pick up the pieces and try to live life after having to say goodbye to both my mama and my daddy. Very difficult when our two best friends are gone. I live with no regrets, I only wish I could have had one more day. One more day to laugh together, one more day to cry together. One more day of just being with each other. To my dearest daddy, I love you so much!! I know now what you and mama meant when you said you felt like an orphan. That is exactly how I feel. I miss seeing you and mama everyday, even if it was just to make sure you were okay. I miss cooking for you and mama and having you teach me your recipes. It doesn't seem like a year since I was able to hold your hand, kiss your forehead and tell you how much I love you. I take comfort in knowing that you are not hurting anymore. No more pain daddy. I know that you and mama are having a blast together. Watching your children and grandchildren grow up to be the people you always knew we could be. I know the best is yet to come. I know that i will be reunited with you and mama one day. I think about you and mama at least a thousand times a day. You and mama will always live on in our thoughts, our actions, and our words to one another. ILYMTTY LTT
Words can't express how I feel about Dr. Cabana. I first met him at Parchman and then again at USM. He guided me through my academic journey and then gave myself and my wife a job after I graduated.
While, at Harrison County, I expressed to him that I was going to get my Masters and he told me to do it.
I called him sometime in 2011,and told him that I had finished and to thank him. However, he was busy and told his assistant that I could use his name anytime and to congraduate me.
After, finishing up with two additional certificate's I wanted to meet with him for lunch and talk with him about learning to teach CJ.
Sadly, I found he was gone. This brought me too my knee's because I had considered him to be alway's there when I needed him. I spoke of him throughout, my academic's and had other academic leaders read his points of view. I will give my entire future to trying to make him proud of me.
To his family he loved you all very much and I will honor him for life. Thank you, for sharing him with the world and especially Mississippi.
Our prayers are with you alway's and forever. My church is across from Highland and going in and coming out of church my eyes search for him and I smile and thank God for him and you all.
Clifton Dale Ealey, M.S.
Father's Day. I never thought this could get any harder. I miss my dad so very much. Everyday I keep looking for him to come walk in the door. I keep waiting. I know my dad is in Heaven waiting on my mom, who will soon be joined with him again. I have no words to describe the sorrow I still feel everyday, especially now on Fathers Day. We are now having to say goodbye to my mama who has lost her battle with leukemia. The only comfort we have is that she will not be by herself. My dad is with her waiting to be together for eternity. I love you both so very much!!! Always remembered and never forgotten.
It's been eight months since I have gotten to see or talk to my dad. Everyone says you learn how to deal with losing someone, but I am not so sure. I miss my dad terribly everyday. In one week I have one of my hardest birthdays ever. Not because of what age I will be, but because it was my dad and my mom who made those days special. I will miss my birthday dinner made special by dad. I love you daddy more than words could ever describe.
Donnie and I grew up together. I am his cousin and have often thought about him but didn't know where he was. Will miss him even though we had not seen each other in years often thought about him. My prayers are with u and we know what u are going thru as I lost my husband on the 21st of march 2014 Kids and I miss him terrible too God Bless u all.
Easter without my dad is just not Easter. My father had the ability to make all of the holidays great ones. This year my mom is stuck in the hospital, once again, and we will only have memories of my father. We will tell great stories, laugh, and probably cry together. None of us will say it, but we will all know it will never be the same without my dad. I miss you daddy so very much!! I love you more than words could ever say. I love you, Happy Easter!!
It's been six months today since I got to hug, touch, or just know that my dad was there. There are no words to describe how much we all miss our dad. I think about him every minute of everyday. I think about all of the things I want to tell him and get his words of wisdom on. I miss his laugh, his hugs, his cooking...everything. I miss you everyday dad, you took a part of my heart with you when you left. As Jackson would say...I love you too so much!!!
I never met Don Cabana, but after watching 14 days in May and then reading Don's book. I am rethinking my stance on capital punishment. My cousin was murdered over the summer. He was also anti death penalty. It was reading Don's book that gave me the courage to ask the DA to take the death penalty off the table. To honour the wishes of my cousin on this issue, rather than ask the state of Texas to be a tool of my need for vengeance.
Today was our first Christmas without my dad. There was definitely a void that cannot be filled by anyone else. Christmas was my dads favorite time of the year, so we celebrated today in honor of him. My dad will always be missed, always be remembered, and never forgotten. Merry Christmas daddy!! We love u n miss u more than words can say!!
As i was reading about the life of Donald Cabana,I found him to be a very interesting person..I look forward to reading his book, Death at midnite:The Confessions of an Executioner.
God Bless the family on your Daily walk through this life. Be still an know that I am God I will exalted in the Earth--Psalms 16:10
Thanksgiving was just not the same without you daddy. We all missed you so very much!! I know I thought about you every minute if the day. We stayed strong for mama, though it was very difficult to hold it together. Everywhere I looked I just remember how much you loved the holidays and the family being together. Happy Thanksgiving daddy!! You are truly missed!! Love you!
I am sorry for your loss. I hope you can find comfort in the words written at (Jeremiah 29:11,12)
Happy Veterans Day daddy!! We will always remember what you gave up for your country!! Love and miss you every minute of everyday!
To family of Mr. Donald Cabana. Please accept my sincere condolences for you loss of Mr. Donald Cabana. Sometimes words aren't enough to get through the death of a loved one. That's why it is a must to draw comfort from each other as family and friends.- Colossians 3:14 says: Clothe yourselves with love for it is a perfect bond of union. May that bond comfort you all and bring peace to your families.
In remembrance of you always
I light another candle tonight in honor of my dad as we celebrate the Boston Red Sox winning the World Series. It's like they won for him. There is not a moment that goes by that I don't miss my dad, but i know he is watching over us. I know that he is with my mom as she fights Leukemia in Jackson now. As I told her the day she was diagnosed, she has the best guardian angel anyone could ever ask for. Happy Birthday daddy, this one is for you!!
Bill and I both were saddened to hear of Don's passing. Although we did not know him well,he seemed on the few occasions I talked with him to be a kind and intelligent gentleman. I will pray for you all in your grief at his loss.
SINCERE CONDOLENCE TO YOU.LOOK TO GOD FOR COMFORT AND MERCY,HE IS GENEROUS TO ALL WHO COME TO HIM.HE HAS SAID THAT HE WILL NOT LEAVE US IN OUR TIME OF NEED."HAPPY ARE THE MERICIFUL, SINCE THEY WILL BE SHOWN MERCY."..matt.5:7...dee
Don Cabana was a friend. We shared common feelings and pains. There's truly a special place in Heaven for this incredible man.
I'm saddened to hear of Don Cabana's passing and I regret I did not write to him while he was alive, to express my gratitude. His work enlarged my views and added a perspective I would not have understood, had he not spoken out.
I've always been opposed to the death penalty in principle. Yet, I hadn't thought about how, In particular, when society to assigns a fellow human being to carry out a killing, this act places an unbearable burden on that person.
I'd like to relay a story about the film interview - I hope his family will read this and that, in this way, I can also express gratitude for their support of his work and life.
Many years ago, our campus human rights group (Amnesty International) hosted a speaker, who showed part of the documentary with the interview of Don. There was a "Q and A" session afterward. And then it was time for the theater to empty. But no one moved. There were no more questions, but everyone stayed exactly as they were - silent. I've rarely experienced such a profound moment that stretched on and on. It was as though everyone was just absolutely caught up in the message and had to honor and absorb it. Don's honesty in relaying his own experience is an example we all will carry in our hearts.
I knew Don for many years as a practitioner and I taught with him at USM for many years. he was indeed a very good man and professor. His students admired him and his peers respected him. I shall miss him greatly. God be with you ole friend. And, I shall be joining you soon for lunch for once again.
I wish I had known him. I read his book "Death at Midnight" years ago and recognized what a great man he was. Prayers and sympathies to his family and friends. I'm sure he will be greatly missed.
I feel like I knew Mr. Cabana by hearing stories about him at work from his daughter, Angela. I am so sorry for the loss of such a wonderful man and am praying for his family.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. A great man that will always be alive through his family.
Gracie Cavanaugh Beech
Good Donald Arthur -- a natural and cherished teacher; a tough friend and always a challenge to my lack of spirit, my duty and contribution to self and others...he listened to me with his heart. He loved his enemies and carried them as keys to the truth of his own ways. God Bless this man for his years of tirelessness; may he be at peace; and may it comfort his beloved wife and family. JM (former Director of Training, Louisiana Department of Correction). Peace Upon thee!
I can't tell you how my heart hurt for the lost of such a great man. He was very special to me and I will never forget him. My prayers go out to Mrs. Cabana and his family. He was the greatest.
There are no words to describe how we feel. I have lost my best friend, my mentor, my father. I am blessed to be able to say this great man was my dad. There are so many things my father taught us over the years, so much wisdom to soak up that even we took for granted. I want to thank my dad for teaching me about compassion towards others, unconditional love, and true family values. I am blessed that my father has left such a wonderful legacy for all to enjoy and look upon for guidance, even in his absence. I am truly blessed to have been chosen to be one of my fathers daughters. I believe my father is with each one of us everyday. He was truly the greatest man I have ever known. There was only one Don Cabana. I had the privilege of calling him daddy. I love you daddy more than any words will describe. I miss you but I know I will see you again. Love Always and Forever
I am so sorry to hear this news and send my deepest sympathy to Donald's family. We were friends in high school. After his book came out, he returned briefly to Easton and saw a few friends. We were so proud of him. He was a truly good man, and we send heartfelt condolences to his family.
Don was my best friend in Oliver Ames HS. We doubled dated to our senior prom. I was looking forward to seeing him on his nrxt visit. I will miss him more than words can say.
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to your family at this most difficult time. Please be assured that God will help you cope with the heavy weight of your loss. "Blessed be almighty God who daily carries the load for us.
Sweet memories of yalls lives together
He was a great man and great educator. He touched the lives of so many people. Thinking of the Cabana family at this difficult time.
So sorry for your loss. May God grant you peace and comfort during this most difficult time. Thinking and praying for you and your family.
my deepest sympathy to you all i went to school with donald and he was a great person and will be sadley missed.
Don was a chosen gift by God to many. I am so very fortunate to be touched by his life.
Dr. Don will be sorely missed by many but his legacy will live on in the lives he touched, mentored and taught with his extraordinary style and flair.
As a family, we are saddened by his passing but realize his light will continue to burn brightly as one of God's brightest and best!
You all will be in our prayers for peace and comfort. May the Lord hold you close in His loving arms.
To The Cabana Family,
Dr. Cabana was a jewel, well versed and always in deep thought. His work speaks volumes about him and dedication to truth and compliance with the law. My prayers are with you as you adjust to the loss of Dr. Cabana. God Bless!
RIP my friend, I consider it an honor to have known you. Prayers to your loved ones.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cabana family. Dr. Cabana was an excellent teacher who genuinely cared for his students. He touched so many lives during his life...he will be greatly missed.
My deepest sympathy..may God bless you all.
It is with deep sadness we learned of Don's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cabana family. May God comfort you and give you strength during this difficult time.
Miriam, you and your family are in our prayers. Don will fondly be remembered. May God bless and keep each of you.
May God be with this family praying for everyone . Mr C. Was a great man.
My heart is with Miriam Sue and family at this sad time. God give you peace and comfort and I love you all dearly.
He was a good man, who will be dearly missed.
Miriam and Family. Our prayers are with you. We will miss Don very much. We love you and may God bless each of you. Isaac & Rosalind Hawthorn.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Praying for comfort in the wonderful memories of the best of times for you all.
I got to know Dr. Cabana while working as a news reporter with WLOX-TV. He was always very helpful whenever we needed information to include in our stories about the corrections system, both in the state and in Harrison County. Prayers and thoughts to his family and Dr. Cabana, may you rest in peace.
our sympathies go out to all the cabana family and to donalds brother al and his wife betty, his children lisa and chris
Angela and family...u are all in my thoughts and prayers..please don't hesitate if y'all need anything. God bless
Miriam and family, May God be with you. Martinna Means, LPN
Dr. Cabana, I just want you to know you will be truly missed. I have never regretted a time sitting class listening to you or your funny stories. Being your first and only student at William Carey University for a full term was an honor. We grew close and I could not have asked for a better professor in Criminal Justice.
God has called you home and I know you held on as long as you could for us, but we cant argue with the man in charge. Just save me a place in Heaven and I will see you then:)
Our condolences to Dr. C's family and loved ones. May God comfort and strengthen you all during this time of sorrow, pain and loss.
I chuckle now thinking of all the times he and I aggravated and challenged each other. We had some interesting times together. I, too, will miss him and always remember him fondly.
Chris I was sorry to hear about your Dad. My thoughts are with you and your family. Betty Hagg (Joe's Mom)
What an amazing man. We will miss Laura's Papa, Don. My prayers are with the entire Cabana Family. Love yall.
Sorry for your loss. Please know that death is like sleep in that the dead are unconscious, but God empowered Jesus to raise several people to life.-John 5:25-29, so be encouraged at this difficult time. "Let your kingdom come."
Don (and Miriam) made "bff" real. Don always had a great anecdote for every situation. We will always treasure our spring visit in Hattiesburg with a real bff. Don, people may not remember exactly what you did or said, but they will always remember how you made them feel.
Sue, you and the children are in our prayers. We are very sad for your loss. Charlie and Ginny have shared many wonderful stories about Don over the years. He will be greatly missed.
Ed and Elsie Williston
I am very sorry for the loss of your loved one. The days ahead will be difficult, but in the days to come
the peace and happiness that we hope for will be fulfilled on an earth wide scale. All living then on will receive
life forever on a paradise earth with all needs cared for. Isaiah 65:17, 21~23
Dear Cabana Family,
My sympathy and prayers are with you all. Dr. Cabana was my Criminal Law professor. All the students enjoyed his classes. May the Lord bless and keep you all under his wings during this difficult time.
Peace, peace I give unto you, not as the world giveth, giveth I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled neither be afraid. May the Lord bless and keep you and when troubled just call on Jesus your Savior.
Children just think on all the good things you did with your grandfather and smile.
Love in Christ,
It has been my great pleasure to work with you, you were a father figure and a mentor to me. I will miss you DOC !!!!
Dr. Cabana will be missed in my heart every single day I stand in front of a class. He taught me to view those valued least in our society (inmates) as people. He taught me how to mentor and the development of educating for social change. My heart goes out to all of the Cabana's. He will be missed to the Moon.
Sara Buck Doude,
USM, M.S.-2003, Ph.D.- 2008
It was an honor and privilege to get to know Don, even if only for a few brief years. Miriam, may God bless and comfort you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Our deepest sympathy to the family. We met Dr.Cabana thru family member, Andrea .
My sympathies to the entire Cabana family, especially Miriam, who I worked with many years ago.
Dr. Cabana was a positive cheerful influence on our campus here at Tradition. He will be missed by his colleagues and students alike. I'm praying that God will comfort and bless each of his family and friends.
Dear Cabana Family,
We will all miss your loved one (Dr. Cabana). He has touched so many of our lives. I consider myself very fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn from this amazing human being. He sparked my interest in corrections with his exciting stories from the field. His sense of humor and ability to connect with almost everyone he met was incredible. He used his experiences with the death penalty to educate us all about the topic and managed to change quite a few minds in the process. It was a pleasure having him as a professor at USM. I am also immensely grateful for his guidance, encouragement and continued support over the years. My students and I were thrilled beyond belief when he came to speak to us (at Troy University) about his book and the death penalty. They still talk about it to this day. We are all saddened to hear about his death. He was an inspiration to us all and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts, prayers and condolences are with you all.
I wish to express my sympathies to the loving family of Dr. Donald Cabana. I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Cabana several years ago when I was a young professor at the University of Nebraska. He was accompanying others on a lecture circuit regarding the death penalty. We enjoyed reminiscing about my home state of Mississippi. The corrections community has lost a giant and a legend.
Dr. K.B. Turner
Dept. of Criminology & Criminal Justice
The University of Memphis
IT was an honor working for Dr.Cabana he will be missed .Harrison co.corrections officer 07-011
I came to know Don while he was at the Tradition Campus. I was a part-time chaplain at a prison in Kentucky while a seminary student. We exchanged stories about our experiences in the penal system. I came to know him as a man of faith. We at WCU-Tradition will miss him.
We never did work in that lunch..If I had known a month ago when I spoke to you I would not ever see you again, I wish I could do things different. You were the best friend, mentor and professor. I will miss you so much. I know I will see you again one day. You touched a lot of peoples lives and for our friendship I will always hold you close to my heart. I will continue to pray for Miriam and your children..for as much as you meant to me and my girls I cannot imagine the pain that they are feeling. I will always remember the good times back in college with you, me and michael with indepth discussions about life. I will also remember when I would be making tough decisions in my life and I would call you for advice, and somehow you always knew the right words to say and let me know I was doing what was right. When I see you in heaven I will have to remember all the questions I will have saved up til I see you again. You will me missed by so many, and as for me in the girls you we will always carry you close to our hearts..
Deb and the girls (Kari, Hannah, Hunter Rose and Hope, Haleigh)...
I met Don at the Jackson County Youth Court in the early 70's. It was always a pleasure to be in his company.
We all feel very honored to have gotten to know Dr. Cabana during his time here at the Tradition campus. He was a dear man and we always enjoyed his lively conversations. He never failed to talk about his family in every conversation. May you all find peace and comfort in the coming days.
Don Cabana was one of the finest men I ever knew! He was a great teacher at USM and a good friend. Prayers for his family!