Don Fields

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Don C. Fields, M.D.

Don C. Fields, M.D., born September 17, 1924 passed away Thursday, October 13, 2011, shortly after celebrating his 87th birthday.

Don grew up in Orleans, Indiana, the son of Jesse James Fields and Maude Ann Jones Fields. After graduating from Orleans High School, he joined the Army Air Force and completed his tour of duty aboard a B-24 in WWII, stationed at Rackheath Air Force Base in England. He then attended Indiana University Medical School and became a vascular and thoracic surgeon. He resided in Lafayette, Indiana where he practiced at the Arnett Clinic until his retirement in 1987. Upon retirement, he and his wife became full-time residents of Fort Myers, Florida.

Surviving are his loving wife of 40 years, Beverly Sandra Hartman Fields, and his children Jane Fields Held (Indianapolis, Indiana), Susan Fields (Davis, California), James Fields (Phoenixville, Pennsylvania), and stepchildren Ardell Hartman Bauer (Valparaiso, Indiana), Mark Hartman (Santa Fe, New Mexico), and Eric Hartman (Jacksonville, Florida), and his sister Betty Puff (Indianapolis, Indiana). He is survived by 9 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife Dorothy Alice Turley Fields, his son Don Steven Fields, his brothers Farrell, Bob and Kenneth Fields, his sisters Margaret Hudelson, Ellen Hartman, and Mary Ellis, and his parents.

Don was a loving, charismatic man with a heart of gold. His life was enriched with a wonderful circle of family and friends. He had a warm, tender nature and a wonderful sense of humor, which endeared him to all those who knew him. He was loved by his patients and peers. He lived his life with honesty and integrity. Don had many interests and lived life to the fullest. He enjoyed bird hunting and raised and trained his hunting dogs. He loved riding, training, and showing horses. He loved sailing, fishing, and playing tennis. He enjoyed good books and poetry. He flew small planes for years. He was an avid sports fan, particularly for Indiana University sports. He will be in our hearts forever.

Calling 10 a.m. until the Memorial services at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at Central Presbyterian Church in Lafayette. In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that you donate to a .

Published in the Journal & Courier from Oct. 20 to Oct. 26, 2011
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