Donald J. Stabiler passed away on November 11, 2017, at the age of 82.
He went to St. Agnes School on East Boulevard, and afterward to Catholic High. Following graduation, he joined the United States Navy at the height of the Cold War, and made several trips to the Far East. Upon discharge from the Navy he entered LSU in Baton Rouge, earning a degree in education. Following graduation, he became a teacher for 40 years in English and Humanities at De La Salle High School on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. It is not an exaggeration to say that he is a legend there. Among his students were David Vitter, Mitch Landrieu, Branford and Wynton Marsalis, et al.
Donald is survived by his brothers, Wayne and Dennis Stabiler; and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, RJ and Vera Stabiler; and his brother Warren Stabiler.
Visitation will be at Resthaven Gardens of Memory, 11817 Jefferson Hwy, on Friday, November 17, 2017, from 10:00 am until funeral services at 11:00 am. Burial will follow in Resthaven Gardens of Memory.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to a charity of your choice.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook or leave a personal note the family at www.resthavenbatonrouge.com.
Once in a while, if one is fortunate, a student has that one teacher that inspires and shapes one's life in a positive way -Don Stabiler was one of those teachers.
He was truly passionate about the arts, and that passion carried over to his students. He challenged you, but his love for the arts clearly carried over to his students.
I had him as an 8th grader, then as a senior. I developed a love for classical music because of him, and love bragging that I was taught not only mythology, but the entire Wagnerian Ring Cycle opera.
In a time where the arts are cut, neglected or dismissed as a relic of the past not needed in today's technological present, Don Stabiler's lessons and passion still ring in my ears and in my heart as I listen to Pagliacci or watch my own daughter perform on stage to Les Miserables with the high school drama department.
Thank you for what you done "Uncle Don". Your legacy lives on, and to answer Horace Mann 's famous quote: You did indeed win some victory for humanity.
De La Salle Class of 1985
Allen and Debbie UlrichRiver Ridge, LA
Rest well to the legend and man who opened my eyes to the arts and theatre. Thank you for your passion and amazing classes and energy!!! You truly were one of my favorite teachers throughout all my years as a student! The students and halls of De La Salle were truly blessed with your presence! (Class of 2000)
Christi LangoniNew Orleans, LA
To one of the most inspirational teachers to ever walk the earth.
Matthew DarocaNew Orleans, LA
RIP Uncle Don you and Sister Mary Can Read Alas Babylon and Les Misrables together
TH PistoriusIberville Parish, LA
Uncle Don was one of the best teachers I had. He taught me 8th grade English, 1976 and Music Appreciation, 1980.His English lessons laid a foundation that has been with my all my life. I was never a big writer in school. Many years later, I have written a cookbook and currently write a weekly food column in my local paper. I can’t help being greatful for the lessons her taught me.
Every Friday, we would have a vocabulary test. The last word was always connoisseur, because Uncle Don was a connoisseur of life.
My prayers to his family. I know he will be greatly missed.
Tommy CentolaSearcy, AR
As a classmate of Donald's brother Warren's wife, & sister in law...BRHS CLASS of 1957, and kind friend of mine in our college days as well at LSU, Margaret (Monkey) Ferrara Stabiler, with Wayne in our class too,... my hubby Bill & I would like to send Condolences & Prayers for the family. Baton Rouge was a special place to be born & grow up, with like minds & kindred spirits. No matter the school, faith, or background...people were loving, kind, polite, & accepting. As Margaret such fun to be with, even helping us in our own wee business over lunch in a visit back home with my sister Brenda Hernandez & Big Ernie hubby, which also send Condolences, from Istrouma & BRHS in our "Village" up-bringing & love for one another, no matter what! Gratefully via Mary Jo Miller Arnold, our class adviser for today's news! Thanks be to God for the lives mingling somehow in our teen and growing up years around our State Capitol! Also sending hugs to those grieving in this time the loss of such a special man! Thanks to Resthaven Funeral Home for all info & time to share. It is good to keep up with the brethren & sisters of faith. Love, Juanita Heine of BRHS & LSU,many years ago, glad to know life's stories, for connection! GOD BLESS ALL! Romans 8:28; John 3:16 Who so ever news & Promise. Rachals Way Internet Prayer Chain Condolences...for America, World Peace & Families.
Juanita Louise Heine-HargroveORANGE PARK, FL
Our condolences to the Stabiler Family in this time of loss of a loved one. Wayne and Margaret were in the Class of 1957 at Baton Rouge High School.
The Class of 1957 wants all the family to know you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God wrap his loving arms around you and sustain you at this time of grief.
Mary Jo Miller Arnold and Lester N. Arnold
Mary Jo Miller Arnold & Lester N. ARnoldBaton Rouge, LA
Uncle Don was what we called this wonderful man and gifted educator.
He was my very first teacher in 8th grade at DLS. Gave me a great appreciation for literature and classical music. He was also my advisor for 5 years back when the program started.
He loved the theatre program and spent most of his free time with us.
Also have great memories from all those NYC theatre trip he was the chaperone on.
His greatest gift as a man was always being able to make you laugh no matter what your mood was. He was a treasure that was such a positive influence on so many young men and women lives on the avenue!! RIP my friend!!
Sam KogosClayton, MO
Donald was an exceptional man, an incredible teacher and a wonderful brother. His years at De La Salle High School are legend. The friendships that he forged during those years are based on love, respect, loyalty, admiration and appreciation.
Donald was an Affiliate member of the Brothers of the Christian Schools - an honor that the Brothers extend to men and women who live their mission with singular devotion and love. He was brother and Brother in every way. His dedication to his students was singular. His classes were masterpieces of media, lecture, student participation and reverence. He introduced his students into the wonderful world of the arts; leading them into realms of wisdom and beauty with ease and devotion.
We shall miss Donald. I shall miss him as my Brother and know that John Baptist de la Salle and countless sainted students and fellow teachers who have passed on will usher him into the heart of a welcoming and loving God!
Brother Jeffrey L. Calligan, FSCCovington, LA
You are really missed by me and all the faculty members of DeLaSalle that you taught with over $40 years. you were a great influence on thousands of students. They will always remember your course and your special expressions.
I really also enjoyed taking those trips with you and Ken Byrnes during the summer. I hope Ken does not aggravate you too much in heaven.
Bill HebertMetairie, LA
Thank you for such a wonderful experience in English class. It was something that had truly shaped my life and inspired me to appreciate English and the arts. Thank you again Maurizio Francescon
Maurizio D FrancesconHarahan, LA
My condolences to the Stabiler family. I am very sorry to hear of his passing. Mr. Stabiler was a legend, a gentleman and a wonderful teacher. I had the honor of being his student twice during my term at De La Salle. His classes are the ones which I remember the most, he had such a passion for the Arts and Humanities which inspired us all to learn. Prayers and thoughts are with you all. Kindest warm regards, Stephen Norman - Class of '01
â€śUncle Donâ€ť was one of my favorite teachers at De La Salle. I will always remember him and his class.
James DucoteKenner, LA
Requiem Ă¦ternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat Donald Joseph Stabiler in pace.
John L. Pearce
John L. PearceBaton Rouge, LA