Donald “Bull” Durham

Donald Wayne Durham, of Excelsior Springs, passed away on May 29, 2019.  He was 65.

Donald was born February 26, 1954 in Jonesboro, Ark., to Haman Durham and Doris (Shrable) Durham.  He graduated from Lawson High School and earned an associate degree in computer programming from Maple Woods Community College.

For thirty years, Donald worked for Ford Motor Company, retiring in 2007. He was a member of the United Auto Workers Local 249.  On September 13, 1975, Donald married Carolyn “Carol” Jenkins.

In addition to his wife, Donald is survived by his daughter, Traci Durham-Allen and son-in-law, Joshua Allen, and his grandson Jayvon Holloway-Allen, all of Poplar Bluff; two sisters, Melinda Carpenter and husband, Roger Carpenter, of Lawson; and Cynthia Posey and husband, Richard Posey, of Gravois Mills; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Harper Blakey Allen.

Affectionately known to his school and work friends as “Bull” Durham, he enjoyed competing in bass tournaments organized by the UAW Local 249, racing motocross motorcycles, and was an enthusiastic musician. Donald was an amateur ham radio operator and a member of the Ray-Clay Radio Club.  He will be remembered as a beloved brother, husband, father, grandfather, and uncle.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 8, 2019 at ES First Church, 1800 W. 69 Hwy., Excelsior Springs, MO 64024.

Memorial donations may be made to Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, or to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Arrangements in care of Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs.

Our Sincere Condolences

I’m here any time you need something Carol. Call me Anytime day or night. My prayers go out to you.
Carol Lentz

I love you. Donald will be missed greatly. Have many family beloved memories with you. You were a great and beautiful person. Proud to be family. Love forever, your cousin. My thoughts and prayers for the whole family.
Cara Dickerson

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Bull always had a smile on his face when he would come into Hunan. He could brighten your day when you were having a rough one. Him and his smile will be missed.
Charlene G Brunner (Sam)

To Carol, Cindy, Melinda and family, my thoughts and prayers. One by one we all are moving on toward that next big final reunion. Donald is there now. God be with you Donald.
From Uncle Dean

We are so sorry to hear about Donald passing. Our hearts and prayers are with you during this sad time.
J.T. & Faye Durham

Praying for you at this time. So saddened by your loss. We love you all!
Jack & Lora Titlow Family

So sorry for your loss. Bull was a great friend through 12 years at Lawson. Many great memories from school and unlimited talents! Rest In Peace my friend.
Bill Skinner