Donald "Don" James Rodriguez, 69, a resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana passed away peacefully after a long struggle with Alzheimer's Disease on April 18, 2017, at Harvest Manor Nursing Home in Denham Springs, Louisiana. Don was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on November 25, 1947 and graduated from Istrouma High School. On September 20, 1968, he married the love of his life, Meryl Lynn Martin Rodriguez. He was a member of the United States Navy and served his country in Vietnam. Don was retired from both the Local 198 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, with 18 years of service, and the Entergy River Bend Nuclear Power Plant after 22 years of service. Don believed in family first and was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Meryl Rodriguez, Baton Rouge; his son, Ricky Rodriguez and wife, Jessica, Geismar; his daughter, Rachelle Onstead, Denham Springs; grandchildren Carter & Emma Rodriguez, Austin & Colton Onstead; sisters, Amy Rodriguez, Walker and Beth Rodriguez Taranto and husband Michael, Denham Springs; nephews Seth & Lee Taranto, Denham Springs; and many beloved family & friends.
Preceded in death by his parents James Wood and Nellie Mae Fuller Rodriguez; grandchild, Preston Wood Rodriguez.
The family wishes to express its gratitude to Harvest Manor Nursing Home and Life Source Hospice for their care and support in the final years of Don's life.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate his life at Resthaven Funeral Home, 11817 Jefferson Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA. Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 9:00am until funeral services at 2:00pm. Burial will follow at Resthaven Gardens of Memory.
Pallbearers will be Milford Johnson, Robert Maranto, Dany Martin, Austin Onstead, Carter Rodriguez, Lee Taranto, Seth Taranto, and Michael Taranto (honorary).
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area at alzbr.org or Vietnam Veterans Association at vva.org.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook or leave a personal note to the family at www.resthavenbatonrouge.com.
Don was a fine neighbor and a good man. He had a great sense of humor and was always fun to talk to. Our deepest sympathy to you Meryl, Ricky, Rochelle and family.
Gordon and Edwina TaylorBaton Rouge, LA
Meryl, Ricky, Rochelle,
I'm very sorry to hear of Don's passing. He was a great man and working friend at River Bend. There was never a dull moment with him in the room.
Dave PoormanZachary, LA
My husband and I would like to offer our condolences to the family of Mr. Don.
We did not know him but saw him often at Harvest Manor when we visited my dad. Will miss seeing him...
Brenda and Alvin JarreauDenham Springs, LA
I knew Don for many years and I always admired what a good father, husband, and man he was. Our prayers are with Meryl and her children and family.
Paul and Paula PendasBaton Rouge, LA
Our deepest condolences to all of the Rodriguez family. My wife and I were long time neighbors of Don's parents, whom we loved dearly. We didn't actually know Don very well ( our loss, to be sure), but our infrequent times in his company showed him to be a very amiable and sweet person, just like all of the Rodriquez family.
Our prayers will be with Meryl, Amy, Beth, and all of the family and friends who have lost one of their beloved. Godspeed Don.
Randall & Deanie Vincent
Randall VincentWalker, LA
Don was a great friend. He will be missed.