Donald William ‘Babe’ Price

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Donald William “Babe” Price passed away July 28, 2018 to the age of 83 in Baton Rouge, where he resided for several years.

He was born in Lake Arthur on Dec. 6, 1934. Donald attended the School for the Deaf in Baton Rouge where he excelled academically and in sports. He loved playing football and basketball. His talent for basketball gained a nickname for him, “Little Bob Petit,” who was a famous player for LSU. Donald was always an avid LSU fan.

Donald never thought of being deaf as a handicap. After graduation in 1955, he attended Northwestern in Natchitoches where he was trained to work at newspapers. His first job was the Jennings Daily News, then the Lake Arthur Sun where he was on the original staff and helped to get it started. He bravely moved to Washington, D.C., and worked at a newspaper there. While he was in D.C, he was sent to the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City to be a guide for deaf people from around the world. About that time, computers were just starting up. He was sent to Denver, Colo., to learn how to use them. He loved Denver so much he left his job in D.C. and went to work in Denver, where he lived for many years. After retiring he moved to Lake Arthur for a while then moved to Baton Rouge where he had many deaf friends. He was a smart, generous, talented individual with a wicked sense of humor and was loved by so many. In his younger days he loved playing golf, snow skiing, surfing and anything else that peaked his interest.

Donald is survived by his sisters, Estelle Marceaux and Ramona Navarre. He also leaves behind several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins and a host of friends. Donald also leaves behind his Baton Rouge family, Wendy and Henry Brinkmann and Earl and Melva David.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Dwyer and Ella Price; his sister, Edorise Broussard; his brother, Calvin Price; as well as several nieces and nephews.

The family of Donald will be holding a private ceremony to honor his life. Your prayers would be greatly appreciated.

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Published in Jennings Daily News August 5, 2018