Donald Lee Rice, 73, of Baton Rouge passed away peacefully on Saturday May 3, at Nottingham Rehab Center after a 9-year battle with Parkinson's Disease. Born June 10, 1940 in Louisville, Kentucky, he grew up in West Monroe, served in the Air Force, studied Engineering at LSU and spent the rest of his life in Baton Rouge. Don was a passionate man, a go-getter, and no matter what came his way, he always maintained a positive attitude. He was an Instrument/Electrical Engineer for 40 years. In his spare time he enjoyed working with his hands; there was no task too big or small for him to tackle. He was a mechanical genius and could build or fix anything. He loved hunting, fishing, watching TV, cooking his "world-famous" gumbo and helping others. Don was a very dedicated, loving father and very proud of his two children, Stephen C. Rice, and Amy C. Rice, both of Baton Rouge. He is also survived by his wife, best friend and the love of his life, Pamela J. Ludington-Rice of Baton Rouge. They would have celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary in June. Don is also survived by two brothers, Jimmy and David Hargus of Monroe, LA an aunt, Mary Ann Christopher-Odom of Farmerville, LA as well as a close loving group of first cousins, and many friends. Don was preceded in death by his father Zachary Taylor Rice, III, mother Evelyn Christopher-Rice-Hargus, brother Zachary Taylor Rice IV, stepfather Mett "Buck" Hargus, his paternal grandparents, Zachary Taylor Rice, Jr. and Amy Davidson-Rice, and maternal grandparents Letcher Wilds Christopher and Ella Henry-Christopher. The family would like to thank Gloria and Tasha Parker for being Don's special "angels" the past 16 months, we could not have made it without you, and the staff of Nottingham Rehabilitation Center for their wonderful, loving care. A special thanks goes to his nurses, Kennel and Bertha. As he requested, Don will be cremated. Memorial service will be held Friday, May 9 from 5-7pm at Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government St. Donations may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation or any
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from May 6 to May 7, 2014
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