Donald Barry Stewart

May 13, 1956 to June 8, 2017

Donald Barry Stewart, “Don” was a devoted and beloved husband, son, brother, uncle and friend to so many. He leaves a huge hole in all their hearts. But the Lord had other plans for Don.

Don lived a life of purpose and service. A retired Navy Veteran, Active Federal Police Officer and church member, Don served respectfully and with all his heart.

Don met the love of his life, Jana in 2007. They spent 10 years together creating a beautiful home with each other. “And the Lord God said, it is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper suitable to him.” Don served Jana faithfully and humbly, one of the most cherished parts of his life. They had a wonderful life together with their new puppy Sammy, who will forever miss his dad.

Don also had a lighter side. He loved to laugh, tell jokes and make Donald Duck impressions. His brother used to always tell him, “even a blind squirrel gets a nut every once in a while”. His hobbies included traveling, fishing, horseback riding, shooting, and going on long walks on the beach with his wife Jana. He touched countless lives with his humor, kindness and generosity. Don fiercely protected those he loved and were a part of his life.

Don departed this earth at 61 years old. he loved the Lord with all his heart and will continue to protect those he loved from heaven. He is survived by his wife Jana, his mother Anita, his twin sister Lois his brother Pete, his nieces and nephews and numerous friends.

Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”.

Don you will always be, “our sunshine”.

A memorial service and celebrations of Don’s life has been planned for July 8th at 11:00am at Murphy Canyon Chapel 3200 Santo Rd, San Diego, CA 92124.

Celebration of Life

  • Date: July 8, 2017
  • Time: 11:00 AM
  • Location: Murphy Canyon Chapel
  • Address: 3200 Santo Road San Diego California 92124
  • Directions: Murphy Canyon Chapel

I worked with Donald Stewart when I first came into the Navy. He use to crack jokes left and right. He was the sole reason work was so enjoyable. Its been almost 4 years since I was last in San Diego. I tried to look him up and was sad to see Don had passed.

Andrew Kelly on January 23, 2018

Jana: It's much too soon to have to say goodbye to your beloved husband, Don. You were happily making memories together for almost a decade and that is a wonderful thing to cherish. He is missed by all that knew him. Peace be with you. Love, Suzanne

Suzanne mecklenborg on June 30, 2017

From our Navy days in VS-38 and all the years after, Don has always been a loyal friend. It meant a lot that the three of you (Sammy included) stopped recently for a quick impromptu visit. I regret that visit, that day was much to short and it's a reminder that we never know when our time on earth will end. I have no doubts these past ten years have been some of Don's happiest. When I look back at your wedding photos and the times we have visited, and sailed together we shared lots of laughs and big smiles. Jana, to you and Dons family and friends I share my deepest condolences. Gone too soon, too young, he is missed. Jack Zabawa

Jack Zabawa on June 30, 2017

Dearest Jana, May you find peace, comfort and understanding in God's decision to take Donald at such a young age. Donald is now just memories away; continue to cherish all of the times together and thank God, that he gave you 10 Wonderful years together! Donald will certainly be missed in his community, in his work community, in church services, within the Federal Police Officer's community and your everyday life. On behalf of myself, my Chaplaincy and the Federal Officer's Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 12, San Diego, CA, we extend to you and Donald's family, our condolences, prayers, and continued commitment to be there for you. May God Always Bless You and may you Always keep the Faith and Serve God faithfully. Chaplain Charles E. Bates Civilian Chaplain and Chaplain for the FOP Federal Lodge 12, San Diego, CA.

Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 12 on June 21, 2017

I honestly can't believe Don is gone. Way too soon. My heart is deeply heavy knowing the emptiness that has been created in Jana's life. Love Lois

Lois on June 21, 2017

Jana I am so sorry at the loss of your husband Don. You both are in our thoughts and prayers.

Dianne Preibisius on June 21, 2017

I miss you Don. I know you wanted to retire at 62 after I talked to you about me retiring with no pentalies. I put off my retirement 1 year for my wife but Aug 31, 2017 is confirmed. Rest in Peace brother.

Frank Floyd on June 21, 2017

Uncle Donny you were a good man! You loved your family and would do anything for us. We will miss you! Say hi to Pockets, Grandpa Pete, the twins and my friends Stacy and Matt. Love you always!

Bethany Yaroma on June 21, 2017

I will always have a soft heart for Don as he loved my girlfriend Jana so well. Don was husband, friend and partner to Jana truly making it his mission to love her, honor her, and do what he could to make her life easier. Don accomplished all of these and more in their too short marriage here on earth. Well done Don. Thank you. You made your mark and will be missed.

Rose on June 21, 2017

Jana, I am very sorry for your loss, I have known Don when he was in the Navy Reserves and working as a police officer at the Navy base in Corona. it is a great shock for me for losing a very great friend. audias

audias. m. lopez on June 21, 2017

My Family and I wanted to extend our deepest Sympathy and our condolences on your loss. one of the many great teachers and friends throughout my career. I'm going to miss him!

Michael Daley on June 21, 2017

What a fun man...always made you laugh...great heart, great spirit

Tana H Riebe on June 21, 2017