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Donald Bernard Moye

Obituary for Donald Bernard Moye

August 20, 1931 - May 2, 2017
San Antonio, Texas | Age 85

... became the first African-American President of the Fiesta Commission in 1996 ...


On May 2, 2017, Donald Bernard Moye made his way into heaven at the age of 85, at home with his children in San Antonio Texas due to declining health.

Donald was born in Buffalo, New York and grew up in the greater New York area with his mother, stepfather, and brother. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the Air Force and served first as a medic during the Korean conflict, and then as a nurse recruiter. He met and married Inez Cyrina Montague in 1957 at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, and had two children, Lin and Damon, then had their third child, Lori, while stationed overseas in Libya. After several other postings, Donald retired and settled his family in San Antonio in 1970.

After retirement, Donald attended nursing school at Incarnate Word University where he graduated with honors while working a full-time job.

During his nursing career, he worked in several settings including the ER and occupational health at BAMC, ending on an administrative level as a Head Nurse. While pursuing his education and then his next career, Donald began his extensive philanthropic works including PTA, and School and Lutheran Church boards at various levels.

Donald felt a responsibility to San Antonio and the people of the city and help to begin a social group that would become SAZA, the San Antonio Zulu association, dedicating themselves to community involvement in contributions at the grassroots level. Fundraising picnics evolved into the fabulous and favorite Fiesta event known as the Taste of New Orleans. The funds he and SAZA have generated have helped hundreds of students and families in need through scholarships and gifts.

He was a committed and cherished member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

Donald was recognized multiple times by the organizations he was involved in including: Bexar County Dispute Resolution Center; Texas Festivals and Events Association; UT Health Science Center Nursing Advisory Board; UTSA College of Fine Arts and Humanities Advisory Council; UNCF Committee Chair and CASA, to name but few.

One historic achievement of his was to become the first African-American President of the Fiesta Commission in 1996.

Donald was always fascinated by astronomy and hoped to be a Tour Guide to the Cosmos in the afterlife.

He is preceded in death by his father, mother, beloved first wife Inez, and his son, Damon. He is survived by his brother, Abdur Rahim Muhammud and wife Rachel, daughters Lynn Payne and Lori Moye, his beloved 2nd (ex)wife, Linda Everett Moye, and his (step)children, Michelle Meharie, Sydney Johnson, Bryan Johnson, and Sheryl Johnson. As well as many grand and great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Friday, May 12th from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM with a Wake Service to begin at 7:00 PM in the chapel at Porter Loring on McCullough.

On Saturday, May 13th at 11:00 AM, a Funeral Service will be held at Travis Park United Methodist Church, 230 E. Travis St. with interment to follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

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San Antonio, TX 78212
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