DONALD RAY JOYCE Sr., age 79, of Cedar Key, Florida, passed on October 3rd, 2014. He was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, to Emma and Thomas Joyce. His formative years were spent in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he met and married his childhood sweetheart, Caroline.
Don served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an aircraft hydraulics specialist before moving his family to Florida. He then began a career with the City of Miami Fire Department that spanned 27 years. His roles included serving as a Board Member of the Miami Fire Museum, consulting on firefighting infrastructure in Venezuela, and retiring as the City of Miami Fire and Rescue Training Facilities Division Chief.
Subsequently, Don and Carol moved to Cedar Key, Florida, to build their dream home and opened a local gift and stained glass shop. Pursuing his passion for the art of stained glass, Don created numerous works many of which are found in local community churches, as well as the museum and school.
He is described by family and friends as a man of character and strong faith, a loving father, and a devoted husband. Carol and Don recently celebrated their 60th anniversary. His favorite leisure activities included boating, fishing, kayaking, and spending time with his family. He also found inspiration in the beautiful Cedar Key Island sunrises, bird-watching, observing dolphins, and sharing sunsets with Carol.
He is survived by his wife Carol, his children Diana (Dave, son-in-law), Wanda (Dan, son-in-law), Allen (Lisa, daughter-in-law), and Phyllis (daughter-in-law), 11 grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and two more great grandchildren on the way! He is preceded in death, by his son, Donald Joyce Jr. (Buddy).
Don will always be remembered as a caring, compassionate person who put others' needs before his own, someone who loved contributing to community projects, and a man who keenly respected the contributions of veterans and first responders. During his final days, he expressed how grateful he was for the wonderful life God had given him, his faith, his family, his friends, and the beauty and peace he had enjoyed.
Arrangements are under the care of Heirs-Baxley Funeral Services of Chiefland, Florida. Visitation will be held at the Cedar Key Methodist Church (352-543-0011), located at SR-24 and 4th Street at 10:00am on Saturday, October 11th, 2014, followed by a celebration of his life at 11:00am, and a reception at noon. In lieu of flowers, Don requested donations be made to the Cedar Key Fire Rescue at PO Box 128, Cedar Key, Florida, 32625. Cards of condolence may be forwarded to PO Box 670, Cedar Key, Fl, 32625.