Donald David Ayers|
June 4, 1929 ~ August 9, 2014
Resident of San Jose
Don was born on June 4, 1929 in Hollywood, California, the only son of Xenophon V. Ayers and Edna Aldridge Ayers. He passed away peacefully at his home on August 9, 2014 at age 85 of congestive heart failure. He was proud of being a third generation Californian. His grandmother, Camilla Aldridge, was born in Los Angeles in 1889.
Don attended Notre Dame grammar school in Marysville, and graduated from George Washington High School in San Francisco. He obtained his BA degree from San Francisco State University in 1952 and his MA degree in 1958.
Don taught in the San Francisco Unified School District for several years before serving in the United States Navy during the Korean War. In 1960 he accepted a one-year teaching assignment at the Army Dependent School in Karlsruhe, Germany where he met his wife, Nancy Konopka Ayers, also a teacher at the school. They were married in 1961 at the end of the school year and were lucky enough to honeymoon in Juan Le Pins on the French Riviera.
After returning to his teaching position in his beloved San Francisco for several more years, Don and Nancy moved to San Jose where Don had accepted a position as an assistant principal in the Alum Rock Union School District. Thereafter, Don spent many years as the principal at Ryan and McCollam Elementary Schools, and Ocala Middle School. He was blessed to find a career he truly loved.
He was an avid reader and had recently graduated from paper books to e-books. He never met a dog he didn't like. Teddy, a bichon frise, was the dog love of his life. We hope they are together again.
Don is survived by his wife of 53 years, Nancy; son Mark and wife Gabriela Camacho; son Shawn and wife Lisa Streeter; and three grandchildren, Alessandra, Bradley, and Annalia.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, August 22, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 5111 San Felipe Road in San Jose. Interment will follow in the Memorial Wall at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Don's name can be made to St. Francis of Assisi, where Don was a founding member and served in various ministries over the years, or to the San Jose Animal Care Center, 2750 Monterey Road, San Jose, CA 95111.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Aug. 17, 2014