The Family of Donald Lumpkins
Feb 17, 2019 2:47 AM
We welcome you to share your memories with us and with those who visit here.
Jan 27, 2019 05:24 PM
Art and I are so sorry for your loss. Doc was taken way too soon. You're a very strong woman, and he was blessed to have you for his wife. We pray he is resting easy with Chuck and Irene.
Debbie & Art Hebbeler
Doug & Pat Richmond
Jan 27, 2019 05:46 PM
Doc... You have been taken from us and your loving wife for a reason that your mourners can yet understand. For a person of your caliber, it can only be as a reward for the love and friendship that you have brought into this world. You will be missed; but, you will not escape our dear memories of the wonderful person that you were on earth... Our love is with you & yours...
James “Smokey” Stanton
Jan 27, 2019 06:09 PM
Pam: condolences from my family and me to you and yours. So very sorry.
Roger and Kathleen Simonds
Jan 27, 2019 06:12 PM
So very sorry for your loss.
Jan 27, 2019 06:25 PM
I'm so very sorry for everyones loss of a great man. May his family find peace in the love this man carries in this world to every soul he touched.
Jan 27, 2019 06:42 PM
Doc was a great man, and I was benefited greatly from having known him. His quick wit, sharp logic and voluminous experience made him a true asset for the nation. He will truly be missed
Jan 27, 2019 07:00 PM
I am so sorry for your loss. Doc was a wonderful, caring, giving and talented man. He will be missed by many.
David and Linda Malstrom
Jan 27, 2019 07:18 PM
So very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Jan 27, 2019 07:42 PM
OMG.....I am so very very sorry. Sending my thoughts and prayers.
Jan 27, 2019 07:44 PM
OMG.....I am so very very sorry. Sending my thoughts and prayers.
Jan 27, 2019 07:55 PM
The term big teddy bear is used way to often but Doc was exactly that. Sorry for your lost.
Jan 27, 2019 08:00 PM
My condolences. So appreciative for his service to our country.
Pat Yevics Eisenberg
Jan 27, 2019 08:24 PM
Sandy and I are so incredibly sorry for your loss. Words fail.
Sandy (Stewart) Eisenberg and Pat Yevics
Jan 27, 2019 08:31 PM
I knew Donald when he lived in Armistead gardens years ago. We was friends. We went to elementary school together. He was a nice friend I wish I could of kept in touch ..God bless his family..Rest my friend
Gregory Stec, former co-worker of Fran and Gary
Jan 27, 2019 08:48 PM
Sorry for your loss.
Jan 27, 2019 09:11 PM
To Doc's family: My heartfelt condolences for your loss.
I met Doc a few years ago, when I worked at FEMA. I was a newbie in a department that he ran. When I met him on my 2nd day on the job, he cracked a joke in this dry witty sort of way that I later realized was uniquely Doc. So witty in fact that if you blinked, you might miss the punchline. Ha! What a cool dude.
Rest in Peace, Doc.
Jan 27, 2019 09:30 PM
Doc was a beacon of light, laughter, and dedication to service for all of us who had the privilege of working with him in the Obama administration. He will be missed though his legacy lives on in the many lives he touched. Sending comfort to Pam and the whole family.
Jan 27, 2019 10:19 PM
Doc embodied this quote:
"At the end of the day what really matters is that your loved ones are well, you've done your best and that you're thankful for all you have."
Warmest wishes to you and uour family.
Jan 27, 2019 10:22 PM
Doc!!! I can’t believe your gone.. I will always remember you st karaoke and all the times we talked and laughed!!!! RIP!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Jan 28, 2019 12:53 AM
Sending everyone and especially his beautiful wife love. Doc had the unique ability to make anyone he talked to feel loved. He embodied love, friendship and fun and he made my years at Georgia Tech better just by being around.
Jan 28, 2019 06:23 AM
Another fine man gone too soon.Rest in peace my dear friend
Jan 28, 2019 06:43 AM
Don you left us too soon.Rest in peace dearest friend
Jan 28, 2019 07:13 AM
Bless you Pam.
We have lost a great friend and colleague. I will miss you Doc.
Jan 28, 2019 07:39 AM
When Doc walked into my office at MEMA I was not sure what to expect but could be pretty sure it would be an interesting ride!! My condolences
Jan 28, 2019 08:28 AM
I worked with Doc at FEMA years ago- and I kept in touch with him sporadically since then. His wit and wisdom, coupled with his larger than life personality, will be sorely missed.
Doc was truly a great man.
Jan 28, 2019 08:37 AM
I feel fortunate to have known Doc. He was a kind gentle soul who enriched everyone’s life. Now he is now singing with the angels.
Jan 28, 2019 08:46 AM
I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Doc was not only a great colleague, but a mentor to us here at the Maryland State Department of Education as well. He was selfless with his time and support. He has left a void and will be greatly missed.
Jan 28, 2019 09:06 AM
I did not have the pleasure to meet you; however, I could tell from FB pics you made Doc a very happy man! You have my deepest sympathy and I will keep you and the family in my prayers. Doc was my Director @ FEMA/NED and he was the BEST! He always kept me laughing and smiling and boy did he love to sing. He always shared a melody with me prior to going home at the end of a work day. He loved music, he was kind hearted and a straightforward guy. I will truly miss him. Keep singing Doc and brighten up heaven. RIH
Jan 28, 2019 09:54 AM
Pam, I posted something on Doc's FB page, so won't repeat it all here, but please know that Jenny and I have you and your family in our thoughts. Doc was an amazing man and he taught me and us all what it means to be a mensch. I will be out of town on Thursday, but will be there in spirit.
Jan 28, 2019 10:33 AM
This loss will be grieved by so many who knew Doc and had the opportunity to be mentored & friended by him. His cheerful spirit & guidance are what I’ll remember most. So sorry Pam and all Doc’s loved ones.
Jan 28, 2019 10:58 AM
My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Doc! I’ve known him for a long time and when I moved to Baltimore, he was a friendly face in a sea of new faces. He was someone to count on getting honest and solid advice from. I hope you’ll all be able to find some peace in knowing just how respected and cared for he was.
Jan 28, 2019 01:12 PM
Doc was a true friend and great mentor...he will be missed
Jan 28, 2019 01:21 PM
Doc was one of the most remarkable people I have ever met. He made everyone feel special. I am lucky to have known him. He made the world a better place. Keeping the Lumpkins family in my thoughts.
Chris Strong - National Weather Service
Jan 28, 2019 01:22 PM
What a great guy. I always enjoyed talking to Doc at the MEMA conferences, as well as his karaoke singing talents after-hours. Very sad to hear of his passing. Our thoughts are with his family in these sad times.
Jan 28, 2019 02:40 PM
I am so sorry for your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. As the person who hired Don Lumpkins into Emergency Management at MEMA, as a mentor and as a friend, I can affirm his great contributions to Emergency Management and Homeland Security and more broadly to Humanity. He rose from managing grants to running the Emergency Operations Center, to responding to tornadoes and hurricanes to nation wide planning and leading the National Integration Center and being a National Resource. He had not only the mental flexibility to adjust to dynamic situations but also a golden voice to run the scale of almost any song. May his memory endure in all of us. Don Keldsen
Jan 28, 2019 02:50 PM
Pam and Family-I remember Doc from our early days in the Office of Domestic Preparedness. Doc was always resourceful, energized and able to easily negotiate complex problems. Doc has gone on to achieve so much for the preparedness of our country. I am sure this is a tremendous loss for you his family but this is also a tremendous loss for our Nation. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Jan 28, 2019 03:51 PM
Please accept my condolences on Doc's passing. He was a great guy, professional, knowledgeable and a great resource. My family and I will remember him in our prayers.
Jan 28, 2019 05:24 PM
On behalf of the Kentucky Emergency Management Association, we join with you and thousands across the USA mourning the loss of Doc. His profound and selfless impact on the EM community will be felt for decades. Peace be with you during this extremely difficult time.
Jan 28, 2019 05:55 PM
I hope wonderful memories are some comfort for family and friends. Doc made me better at my job and lightened my heart at the same time. His intelligence and readiness for a good debate made the country safer. His ability to sneak belly laughing humor into conversations made us all happier people. I will miss him tremendously.
A donation has been made to the Dizzy Feet Foundation.
Rest In Peace, Doc. And keep dancing my friend. PS - it is unfair to help Georgia Tech against Georgia from a higher place.
Jan 28, 2019 08:13 PM
I remember well and fondly Doc Lumpkins from his days being a law student at UB and recall how he often was in the very midst of a group of students engrossed in discussions, laughing, and always active, always on the go. I saw him as a compassionate and kind person and I am so sorry for your loss. please accept my condolences. may time and the wonderful memories he leaves for you, for his family and friends help with the grief of this irreplaceable loss. blessings.
Jan 28, 2019 09:11 PM
Doc could have told you that I am never at a loss for words - until now. IMay his memory be a blessing.
Jan 28, 2019 09:24 PM
Doc was such an inspiration to myself and so many others. Doc allowed me to complete a FEMA Pathways Intetship in the Policy & Doctrine Branch of the NIC. Some of my fondest memories with Doc talking about Playstation Role Playing Games (RPGs)-Dragons Age.
-Rest in Peace Doc
Jan 28, 2019 10:26 PM
May Don's life be a blessing to you. It was a privilege and honor.
Thinking of you and your family.
My deepest sympathies.
Sheri and Ken Goldscher
Jan 29, 2019 07:08 AM
Thinking of you and praying for your comfort and peace during your heartbreak... May Don's memory always be for a blessing.
Jan 29, 2019 07:31 AM
I am so sorry to hear of Doc's passing. He was a larger than life figure and one of the funniest people I had the privilege to work with. He will surely be missed.
Martin A. Kalis
Jan 29, 2019 11:49 AM
Doc and I bonded very well way beyond emergency management work. We both faced some similar challenges and knew what it was like to walk in each others' shoes. I will definitely miss this man.
Jan 29, 2019 03:36 PM
To Doc's family: I am so sorry to hear of DOc's passing. He was a friend and colleague at FEMA, and possessed a lot of heart and a great intellect. He's gone too soon, but made a huge impact while he was here. I count myself lucky to have known him. Prayers to you all.
Jan 29, 2019 04:34 PM
For more than 20 years I have had the unique pleasure and honor to work with Doc in FEMA as a colleague, supervisor and in support of his many roles since I left government 10 years ago. In every instance of my interactions with him professionally and personally he always was a bright light, a beacon to rational judgement in a sometimes irrational profession and world. I was always extremely grateful for the way he took over the NIC in the years after we started it and matured it into an organization that truly has had a positive impact on national preparedness policy. He did not suffer fools well because he always believed that we must approach the threats to our nation with common sense, rational dialog and decisive action. It was always a joy to sit with him and solve the worlds problems whether it was in his office or after a karaoke session (he sang I didn't). The entire Homeland Security and Emergency Management community has lost a lion and I have lost a dear colleague and friend. To his bride, my deepest sympathies as I know that this was not something that anyone can ever expect or bear easily. To his family please know that Doc made a tremendous difference to the nation that cannot be overstated. Doc, keep singing, I'll miss you but your memory is eternal.
Jan 29, 2019 05:33 PM
I can think of very few people who positively impacted the disciplines of homeland security and emergency management as completely and effectively as Doc. So smart and intuitive and tolerant of those of us who struggled to keep up. Rest easy, Doc. You will be missed.
Jan 29, 2019 07:20 PM
There ae so many good memories of Doc in mulitple roles in emergency management and in just enjoying life. My memory of Doc is lead by his enjoyment of teaching undergraduate homeland security and emergency management classes for UMUC. He insisted on face-to-face courses where he developed those personal relationships we all enjoyed with him. We should all strive to demonstrate those positive interpersonal traits that made Doc a significant relationship.
Jan 30, 2019 10:58 AM
Doc always had a welcoming smile and an open ear no matter how the day was going. I’ll miss him and his perspective on how to make the world better.
Pam - you’re one of the strongest women I know. I’m so sorry you must call on that strength so soon.
Jan 30, 2019 11:46 AM
I had the pleasure of working with Doc both at MEMA and FEMA and there was no one like him. His talent, vision, and friendship will be greatly missed as well as his ability to carry a tune. Pam my thoughts are with you and the rest of his family.
Jan 30, 2019 12:06 PM
Doc was a hoot. Enjoyed our relationship. We'll miss him. Best wishes, Pamela.
Jan 30, 2019 12:14 PM
For Pamela and Members of Doc's Family,
May you find peace in your memories.
I offer this prayer of thanksgiving for a life well lived, written by Abraham Issac Kook.
Radiant is the World Soul, full of splendor and beauty, full of life. Of souls hidden, of treasures of the holy spirit, fountains of strength, of greatness and beauty. Proudly I ascend toward the heights of the World Soul that gives life to the universe. How majestic the vision. Come, enjoy; come, find peace; embrace delight, taste and see that God is good. Listen to me, and you will enjoy what is good, and find delight in what is truly precious.
Jan 30, 2019 02:19 PM
Crossed paths (and occasionally bureaucratic swords) with Doc in a couple of his FEMA incarnations. He was always a pleasure to work with, a rare professional. He will be missed.
Jan 30, 2019 02:28 PM
Sorry to hear the news. My family thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. The world was better place because of him.
Jan 30, 2019 02:46 PM
I was saddened to hear of Doc's passing. To the family, I am sorry for your tremendous loss. I worked with Doc for a number of years at FEMA, and knew him to be a straight shooter, oriented and focused on the mission of emergency preparedness/management and provided clarity and leadership.
Jan 30, 2019 02:48 PM
I had the honor and privilege to first meet Doc as a young professional while serving as a field evaluator for the Nationwide Plan Review. Since that time, I have had the opportunity to interact with Doc on numerous occasions. Doc was a true consummate dedicated professional and to this day I view him as a role model in our field. He truly represented everything an Emergency Management Professional and Public Servant should be. The Nation has lost a great man that worked tirelessly to ensure our safety, security, and resilience. I have no doubt Doc was so much more to his and family and friends. May you all find peace in the good times and good memories of which I am certain you have many based on my experiences working with Doc in our shared profession.
Jan 30, 2019 02:55 PM
Though I knew Doc for short time only I was also impressed in his good nature and friendliness. I am so sorry for your loss.
Jan 30, 2019 03:01 PM
Doc was one of the first people to welcome me to FEMA. Whenever I asked him to take time to mentor employees, he would always say yes. He had an infectious laugh and you could feel the joy he had for life. My favorite thing was always reading his Facebook posts - they love he had for you, Pam was so apparent. He will be missed.
Jan 30, 2019 03:04 PM
What a shock to hear of Doc's passing. He was a joy to work with and a true professional and a valued member of the US Homeland Security and Emergency Management community. His knowledge, experience, sage advice, wit and wisdom will be greatly missed. RIP Doc knowing your legacy and work for our nation will live on. May God bless you Pamela and all of Doc's family at this time of loss.
Jan 30, 2019 03:05 PM
Doc's work advanced the depth of discussion of risk and threat in emergency management. It enlightened many, so his efforts did then and will continued to be a positive influencer for years to come. As an emergency manager and as a current member of the MD Governor's Emergency Management Advisory Council I appreciated his briefings. Rest in Peace and condolences to his immediate family, FEMA friends and his MEMA family.
Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management at FCC
Jan 30, 2019 03:52 PM
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. We will miss Doc’s intelligent, wise, and humorous discussions on the MACEM Advisory Council. His warm, friendly approach brought people together to work toward the greater good. Doc contributed to the success of the Maryland Emergency Management Specialist Apprenticeship Program that ultimately will train and educate the next generation of our leaders.
Jan 30, 2019 04:14 PM
We miss you, Doc. You are loved by so many and your impact on society is forever. My family is praying for yours.
Arel Solie, State of Washington
Jan 30, 2019 05:48 PM
I am pretty sure there are not enough reams of paper to adequately record the amazing efforts of Doc over the years. It was an honor to know him through his work at ODP and then as his career blossomed at DHS/FEMA. Every single effort re: homeland security has been somehow shaped by Doc - directly or indirectly - and we are still benefiting from his ideas, dialogue, and action so many years later. Thinking of his family and friends during this heartbreaking time.
Jan 30, 2019 06:59 PM
My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to the Lumpkins family. May God strenghten you and you family.
Jan 30, 2019 07:32 PM
Pam, my condolences to you and your family. Doc was a great man. I had the pleasure of working with him during his FEMA years, particularly at the NIC. He was great to work with, especially with his sharp mind, witty humor, and warm personality. We had some great chats, laughs, and karaoke nights.
Doc, I will miss you my friend, but your memory remains!
Jan 30, 2019 07:35 PM
Doc was one of the first upperclassmen I met in high school. He and Keith were a huge part of my high school years. I am deeply saddened by the loss of this amazing person. I had hoped to attend the service tomorrow but have an ill child. Please accept my humble condolences and know he was a cherished friend. Pamela while I never got to meet you at was obvious that you were his match in every way. That he loved you dearly is plain to see. Blessings to you and all his family and friends who mourn his loss.
Jan 30, 2019 09:47 PM
My condolences to the family. Don will be missed by so many.
Jan 30, 2019 09:48 PM
My condolences to the family. Don will be missed by so many.
Jan 31, 2019 08:20 AM
Sorry to hear of your loss. I did not know Donald, but I appreciate his service to the Nation.
Jan 31, 2019 09:19 AM
I am sorry for you loss. When death separates family members, such great loss can result in deep sorrow. Please know that God is aware of your pain and will provide comfort by his comforting words in the scriptures.
Jan 31, 2019 10:03 AM
I am sorry for your loss, Pam, and to all who have been affected by Don's passing. I will remember him fondly, as we worked together for years on the PPD-8 project when I was a state emergency manager. He was a wonderful colleague and became a good friend. Many blessings for peace.
Jan 31, 2019 11:03 AM
I work for NEMA, and got to meet Doc and talk to him several times over the years. It was hard to miss at our conferences how much people respected and revered him in the EM field, both for his expertise and his friendship. He spoke several times at our EMAC Advisory Group meetings. As much as we needed the information he was going to deliver, we also knew Doc was very witty, and I knew a lot of people that slipped out of other meetings to find our room just to hear him speak. I was so shocked to hear of his passing, but glad that he had so many close friends and family supporting him. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends.
Veronica "Ronnie" Stevenson
Jan 31, 2019 11:05 AM
My favorite memory of Doc is from my first day at FEMA. We entered an elevator together, at the end of the day. I was instantly drawn to Doc's energy. I cannot remember the details of what we talked about, but I clearly remember the way I felt. I met his soul, not just the shell. Pam, I pray you find comfort in the beautiful memories of your husband Doc and in his eternal health. May the lord bless you, guide you, and keep you in His grace.
Jan 31, 2019 11:10 AM
Doc will be sorely missed by everyone who had the honor of knowing him. Wishing much love, peace, and comfort to all his loving family and friends. His humor and song will live on forever.
Sheila Hall and Bobbie Webster
Jan 31, 2019 11:19 AM
To Doc’s family, I own the cleaning company at Mema. My mom, Bobbie Webster and myself, Sheil Hall, would like to express our deepest condolences. Many days, Doc and I would share conversations in the lunch room that was personal and inspirational. My mom would always corner him to request a song and a smile. We will miss the time we had with him because although it was just a few minutes every now and then, he became a permanent fixture in our hearts. We will forever miss him.
The Cleaning Masters Inc.
Jan 31, 2019 11:31 AM
Thinking of all of you as you celebrate the life of a man who brought joy, friendship, and happiness into so many people’s lives. May your cherished memories bring you comfort in the difficult days ahead. I know Don will be smiling down on us from on high, just like Chuck & Irene smiled down on him.
Melanie (Parr), BPI c/o '92
Jan 31, 2019 12:02 PM
I still can't believe this is true. I'm waiting for someone to say it was just a mistake, that you're still here. You were always the first of my friends to share a hug in bad times, and a laugh in good ones. One of my fondest memories is walking around Harborplace in our fancy prom attire, eating drippy ice cream cones while confusing all the people who were staring at us. You insisted on picking me up in your car, and scared the crap out of me when you pulled the key out of the ignition in the middle of driving down the road. I'm not surprised to learn just how many people you've made an impact on in your short life.
Jan 31, 2019 12:23 PM
So sorry for your loss. Working with Doc was very rewarding. Both personally and professionally, Doc's approach to life, as I perceived it, made a great impression on me. It doesn't matter whether the glass is half full or half empty. DO something to influence the contents of the glass. That's what matters. I hadn't seen him in several years, but this stays with me.
Jan 31, 2019 02:39 PM
I have so many memories over the years of “Doc”, and of his parents. I am sorry I couldn’t be there for his Funeral Service and Shiva. Temperatures here in Fargo have been extreme. I was there in spirit. The world lost a bright light. Pam I haven’t had the honor of meeting you yet, although on FB, the pictures of you two said it all. Your love shared, was magical. “Doc” Thankyou for making our world safer, thankyou for your service to our country. Pam, sending you lots of deep sympathy, & prayers with love!
Jan 31, 2019 03:28 PM
Pam, Doc was a great teacher and advisor to all of us trying to build and innovate in the new discipline of homeland security and emergency management. I loved working with him and helping him advance important initiatives at FEMA and with many stakeholder groups. I will miss working with him and know his work and impact will continue to be felt. May the Force be With you, and Doc, always.
Jan 31, 2019 05:35 PM
I've known doc for years, and met him through mutual friends. Doc was always a humble guy, which made it easier for me to get to know him. Once I knew him, I realized what an amazing human being he was. Most of our interactions were at Karaoke bars. My memories include him always treating people with dignity and respect, always having a snappy/witty/funny comment, and a geniune warmth.
Jan 31, 2019 07:08 PM
Pam,I want to extend my deepest condolences at this time and beyond. Donald was such a nice and humble guy through our high school years and beyond. My heart truly aches for you. May you be comforted by the love and memories thay you created together.
Jan 31, 2019 09:10 PM
So sorry for your loss!! I may not have seen Doc in years, but he was always a great person and friend, and will be fondly remembered by so many people!! Prayers said for all his family and friends!!
Feb 1, 2019 05:44 PM
I knew Doc as a professional in the EM field. He was always gracious to be a guest speaker in our virtual webinars and was so knowledgeable and informative. The business will miss him and so will everyone who knew him as a friend. He was a good man.
Lis Klute - Washington State
Feb 2, 2019 06:30 PM
The earth has lost a brilliant, funny, kind and caring man yet the world has not lost his love and lessons. Rest in peace dear Don, thank you for the great memories and staying here for a little while, we are all better for it. My thoughts for you and his other family Pamela.
Feb 9, 2019 09:06 PM
I just saw the notice of his passing and I wish to extend my condolences to you his Family and Friends. I completed the Ethics course at Georgetown last summer with him, and commented to my Mom a career teacher what a wonderful teacher he was and wondered if he went to Teacher's College. He was a good listener and could bring all the pieces together, but more importantly he wanted us to learn and do well. He definitely made a positive impact on me and on the Emergency Management world which is all we can ever hope to do in life, to be a positive force. He will be greatly missed by us students. May God comfort you as you grieve his loss.