Dr. Donald R. Jeanes

Milligan mourns the passing of Dr. Don Jeanes. This was very unexpected and comes as a great shock to the Milligan community. As our 14th president and chancellor, Dr. Jeanes’ presence at Milligan has been deep and far-reaching. His influence helped reshape the college physically, academically, financially, and relationally with the community and churches. He was a great personal friend to many of us and this is a great loss.

A celebration of life service was held on Friday, August 31 in Seeger Memorial Chapel at 1:00 p.m. Watch a recording of the service on Livestream.

View the program for the service.

Please share your memories of Dr. Don Jeanes or offer condolences to the Jeanes family.

164 Responses to Dr. Donald R. Jeanes

  1. Tim Laurio says:

    I was so sorry to hear of the loss to the Jeanes family and the Milligan community. Dr. Jeanes was president for most of my undergrad years and his impact on Milligan was obvious. He will be missed.

  2. Buddy Harris says:

    I loved having Don Jeanes as a Professor at Atlanta Christian College. He was a great mentor for a great many people. Our prayers are with the family.
    Buddy and Tonya Harris

  3. We were in Florida last week and had several phone calls relaying the sad news of Don”s passing. One never knows when the Lord will call us. I guess he couldn”t wait any longer for Don to join him. It has, indeed, been a pleasure to know Don and you, Clarinda. As a team, your contribution to Church, Milligan, Symphony, and the community has had an impact that will never be forgotten. He will be missed by all. May God give you peace and comfort as you move on in your memories of such a wonderful man.

  4. Donald Onyango says:

    Heartfelt condolences to Clarinda and Amy. Don was a great man. Thank you Don, for giving me the opportunity to experience life at Milligan. You will be missed.

  5. Mignon Mayfield Holben says:

    Dear Clarinda,
    I am thankful that I had the honor of knowing Don Jeanes over many years, and I greatly admired him as minister, Milligan College president, and friend. Together you shared your desire to teach others to be servant leaders, and you did so in word and especially in deed. I pray that all of us in the Milligan community will follow your example and strive to do more as servant leaders to advance the cause of Christ.
    I pray that The Prince of Peace will be close to you and each in your dear family in the days ahead.

  6. Dr. Linda C. Boyer - retired Teacher Education Faculty says:

    Dear Clarinda and family ~ My heart aches every time I think of Don and your family. On Thursday, I was overwhelmed by the outpouring of friends during the early receiving time at First Christian church. Then again, it was Don we were honoring and everyone needed to see you to express grief for such a wonderful mentor, caring person and Christian man. He truly walked the walk and exemplified Christ to all he met. I am so grateful that I knew such a great leader. I want to thank you, too, Clarinda for being such a sweet and caring individual to all. You and Don made the perfect Milligan “team”! Noone can believe that he is gone but I know the stars are shining brighter as Don looks down on us. Blessings to your family as I pray for God”s peace, comfort and healing. Linda

  7. Carol Tinkler Mock ('71) says:

    The joy I felt for you when that handsome, caring guy asked you to marry him is equal to the sadness I feel today upon hearing of Don”s too soon call to be with our Lord. I was so thrilled to hear that he was chosen to be President of Milligan and knew that the two of you would make it an even better place for young people to be educated with a Christian world view. He accomplished that and more with you by his side.
    I will be praying for you as you walk this valley that you will know the closeness of Him who loves you with an everlasting, all encompassing steadfast love and faithfulness.

    With Love,
    Carol Tinkler Mock

  8. Mark ('00) and Mary Palmer ('99) Closson says:

    Clarinda, Amy and family -
    We mourn this loss of a father, husband, friend and Milligan College president.
    So thankful for the gift of Don to you and yours and to the Milligan community.
    Our deepest sympathies,
    Mark and Mary

  9. David and Sherry Tysinger says:

    Don was an important part of our career, beginning with helping me get through Milligan with financial aid, encouraging us on the mission field with CMF, inviting me to be a sermon writing buddy while at First Christian, and remembering my wife and I by name wherever we happen to meet. I am stunned by his death and will miss him, but his friendship continues to influence me in a positive manner.

  10. Amanda (Morrell) Boyer says:

    I, like so many others in and out of the Milligan community, am thankful for the life and witness of Dr. Jeanes. He provided a wonderful example of how to accept power and responsibility with grace, and demonstrated the importance of living one”s entire life as a ministry to those around him. My prayers and condolences go out to Clarinda and the rest of the Jeanes family. His joy, compassion, and humor will be deeply missed .

  11. Don was such a great example of leadership and servanthood combined. It was truly an honor to serve as a trustee during Don”s presidency, but it was a privilege to call him a friend. Whether at a board meeting in Johnson City or over coffee at Cracker Barrel in Shelbyville, wisdom and concern flowed through his words. The prayers Don shared with me during a very difficult time in the life of our family will always be cherished. Don & Clarinda always made Kim feel like she had been in school with me to where she feels as much a part of the Milligan family as any alum. I am so sorry that I cannot be in Johnson City today. I think I remember hearing that Christian education is the hope of the world. The reality is Don met the true hope of the world early Monday morning. Enjoy eternity! Until later …

  12. Kay Dezern says:

    The Milligan family, as well as the Brotherhood, has lost a gentle giant and Heaven has gained a saint. I am so thankful for all he did to keep Milligan in good standing during a difficult time when other Christian colleges had to close their doors.The impact that he and Clarinda made on the physical campus has brought a larger sense of pride to all who attended there. C.S. Lewis wrote in ”A Grief Observed”, after the death of his wife, that he had to decide if his faith was built on a house of cards. If the great religous mind of Lewis went through times of doubt in his grief is it any different for us. But thanks be to God that “joy does come in the morning”.

  13. Alice Brown says:

    I knew Don through most of my tenure as president of the Appalachian College Association. From the time he became president of Milligan in 1997 until my retirement from that program in 2008, Don was one of the strongest advocates for the work of the association, serving on that board for a number of years in various capacities. He was always optimistic and positive in his thinking about the future; he believed not only in Milligan College but in the region. I don”t remember a single president who was more willing to serve in whatever way he could anytime he was asked. I don”t remember any president who was more gracious and hospitable to me when I visited his campus–or any who seemed more loved by the students and staff who worked for him. I don”t remember a single president who was more humble and giving. While his life was meaningful and full, I am truly sorry that his death has denied him years of the comfort of retirement when he could focus more fully on his family and those who supported him throughout the years he was devoting so much time and attention to the development of Milligan College. I know that while a signficiant part of his heart belonged to Milligan, most of it always belonged to his wife and his daughter and her family–especially his grandchildren. My prayers will be with those of you who will most miss him, especially on all those future occasions he would have loved sharing with you.

  14. Warren and Anne Miller ('72) says:

    We have known Don for 44 years. He was head resident in Webb Hall when we arrived as freshmen. It was a great privilege to know him and serve with him for many years through the ministry of CMF as well as in our continuing relationship with Milligan. Throughout all those years and experiences Don demonstrated character above reproach and consistent steady good judgment that brought honor to the Lord and to all the ministries in which he served. We will miss him greatly, and will remember him fondly especially as we see the evidence of his strong but loving leadership in encouraging a standard of excellence in all aspects of Milligan College. To Clarinda, Amy and family we extend our love, and we pray for comfort which only can come from the Lord. Thank you for sharing Don so generously with all of us.

  15. Irena Loloci says:

    Very few and rare people come into your life as shooting stars. For a fleeting moment, they brighten your hopes and dreams when you need it most and help you make those hopes and dreams a reality with grace and love! I will be eternally grateful to you Dr. Jeanes for first welcoming me into your office, then into Milligan college and eventually into your own home. Thank you for helping me become part of the Milligan community when I thought it was not possible, for helping me become the person I am today by helping me step by step achieve the education I did. Thank you for being that one ephemeral star which left a marking light into my life! You will be missed!

  16. Tracy and Angela Marx says:


    You and your family are in our prayers during your sorrow and continued prayers in time to come.

    Tracy and Angela

  17. Courtney and Kevin Kieslich says:

    Dr. Jeanes was a wonderful man. I enjoyed working under his leadership and direction at Milligan. I am praying for you, Clarinda, and the rest of your family. Dr. Jeanes will be greatly missed! God bless all of you.

  18. Andrew & Kim Parker says:

    Clarinda and members of the Jeanes family,

    Words are never enough to assuage grief in difficult times like this. However, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Don was a wonderful person and actively sought to live out his Christian faith. I (Andrew) will always remember knocking on the door at Little Heartland, in late April of my senior year at Milligan, and Don graciously inviting me into the living room at Little Heartland to assist with my resumé for my first ministerial position as a college graduate.

    Kim and I came to know and appreciate Don on an even deeper level as an alumnus of Milligan, observing his impact at Milligan both from a distance and through his personal notes of thanks and encouragement. Don”s legacy at Milligan and the myriad other facets of his life were far-reaching and will not be forgotten.

    During this time, may “the Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24-26).

  19. Catherine D. Harper says:

    My deepest sympathy on your greatest loss. I met Dr. Jeanes when I became a member at First Christian Church and heard great and wonderful things about him in the past few years. I know that you know he is saying if he could ” I am home in Heaven, dear ones; Oh so happy and so bright ! There is perfect joy and beauty in this everlasting light………You must not grieve so sorely, for I love you dearly still, try to look beyond earth”s shadows, pray to trust our Father”s will.

  20. Marilyn and Vince Carroll says:

    We join with the very many whose lives were touched by Don in offering sympathy to to the family. While I remember him most from student days, Don”s dedication to Milligan spanned 45 years, from his freshman days through his reitrement.. What a comfort his achivement is!

  21. Mike and Connie Mutterspaugh says:

    What a big loss to the Milligan family! Our hearts go out to Clarinda, Don”s children, and his grandchildren. I know there will be a big hole in your life with Don”s passing but in time God will bring peace, joy, and gratitude to all of you as God confirms the grace He gave you to have him in your lives. How great it would be if every father, husband, and grandfather left a legacy like his. All of us who knew him are better for it.

  22. Chris says:

    When I was in an undergraduate at Milligan I made a big mistake. He could have expelled me, but instead he gave me a second chance. I took it and graduated. I then went on to get a master”s degree. I will always appreciate God”s mercy that he passed on to me.

  23. Dean and Penny Collins says:


    Penny and i are praying for you daily. Don has been such an encourager in my life since the days that he was my professor and tennis coach at Atlanta Christian College. Years later when i was asked to take the Interim job at ACC Don was the first to call with support and encouragement. I will miss him and his wit and wisdom!

    We grieve with the Milligan family today and join you in celebrating the life of one who lived it well!

    With love and prayers,

    Dean and Penny Collins

  24. Harold and Dawn Gentry says:

    As relative newcomers to the Milligan/Emmanuel community, my husband and I did not know the Jeanes family well. But his legacy is evident and may be well summed up by a quote I read earlier this week. “Good leaders have the ability to inspire us in their lifetime. Great leaders have the ability to inspire us beyond their lifetime.” Dr. Jeanes” inspiration will no doubt live on for generations to come. Our prayers are with the family in this difficult time.

  25. Charlie and Debbie Allcott says:

    Clarinda and family, We send you our love and prayers. Don was such a special man of God. It was very evident to all of his love for you. We pray for comfort and strength in the days ahead. We will cherish many wonderful memories of times shared with the two of you through Milligan College.

  26. Russ Nelson says:

    Clarinda and family, my heart aches for you and I pray for God”s peace, comfort and healing.

    I fell very honored to be able to call Dr. Jeanes a mentor and friend. In so many ways, he demonstrated faith, service and leadership for me. An image sticks in my mind of him doing the dishes in the kitchen of First Christian Church. If there was something that needed to be done, even if it was a “lesser task”, Don was there. I know all of those that knew him have their own picture of him serving selflessly in so many different situation.

    My life has been and will continue to be a better demonstration of Christ”s love and grace because of his example.

  27. Jeff and Becky Knight says:

    Clarinda, Amy, and family
    Want to share our most sincere condolences on Don”s passing into Heaven. Along with Steve Carpenter, he performed our wedding ceremony back in 1987 at Spring Branch Christian Church. He was a great man with the utmost integrity, sincerity, humbleness, and thoughtfulness. I always enjoyed his preaching and friendship. I remember him hanging out with all of us younger guys and playing on our softball team. I have fond memories of all of you. I remember helping out with the youth with Amy. Great memories.
    Jeff and Becky Knight, San Antonio, Tx

  28. Bernie & Lisa (Evans) Blankenship says:

    Clarinda, we have been blessed to have our lives cross paths many times and in many roles throughout the years…at Atlanta Christian College, Milligan College and now First Christian Church of Johnson City. You and Don enrich our lives and inspire us through your unselfish giving of time, talent and resources for the Kingdom. We will miss Don as a cherished mentor and wise friend. I thank God that we still have you!

  29. Clay and Sandra Perkins says:

    Clarinda, We are praying for you and your family. You and Don have been such a help to both Clay and me over the years. You have both shared your talents and gifts with the Kingdom, and with us personally while at ACC and now as we are at MACU. Praise God that Don is now with his Savior. We will miss him here on earth and look forward to our reunion in Heaven. May God”s peace wrap your spirit in the coming days. Sandra and Clay Perkins

  30. On behalf of Milligan”s 33 sister private colleges and universities and their Presidents, I wish to express my deepest sense of loss at the passing of President Don Jeanes. Don served as a friend and confidant to numerous presidents including myself. It was a joy to work alongside Don when he served on the TICUA Board of Directors. His calm sense of wisdom coupled with his dry sense of humor helped to advance the work of the Association to where it is today. Don”s servant”s heart displayed during this presidency at Milligan was lauded by many throughout the region and helped to distinguish independent higher education in the nation.

    Blessings of peace and comfort to you Clarinda and to your family.

  31. Jack Sale says:

    A true Kingdom builder, a humble servant and my friend. Thank you Clarinda for the devotion you two have given to our Lord. Chris and I love you, Jack

  32. Mike Schrage says:

    Dear Clarinda and family,

    We are shocked at the news of Don”s passing and yet so thankful for the opportunity to have known you and Don over the years. As missionaries in Kenya in 2002, we sent our daughter to Milligan – an institution highly recommended to us by so many. That recommendation came, in part, to your cooperative spirit of servant leadership that permeated the campus.

    Over the years, while going to various events on campus and later at conventions, Don always had time to stop and to “by name” greet us and recall conversations and experiences. He assured us that our concerns regarding leaving our daughter 8,000 miles away would not hinder her flourishing at Milligan – and she did flourish indeed! He complimented her and others in our family over the years and that will always hold a specail place in our hearts.

    So from the Schrage family and also from the staff of Good News Productions, International we send our greetings and our prayers. Together, we can celebrate a life well-lived in service to the King. Thank you and my God continue to bless you in the days and times that follow. Mike and Karolyn Schrage

  33. Someone said, “If you choose to lead, you must serve.” Among all of Don Jeanes” accomplishments the fact of his servant”s heart and leadership stands out. His character inspired confidence that influenced leaders to willingly contribute their hearts and minds to excellence. Well done, good and faithful servant!

  34. Mark and Joy Matson says:

    This is a great loss… of a friend, a leader, a Christian minister. I had the privelege to serve 13 years with Don at Milligan. What an experience. Don was always a “hands on” detail oriented leader, and yet he allowed me a huge amount of flexibility to shape the academic program. Together we discussed — and agreed upon — every faculty hire, every promotion and tenure case, and every new academic program. He trusted me, and it was always my desire to keep him informed of everything. Of course he was brilliant in the financial planning of the college. But perhaps people don”t know how much he cared about all the people — faculty, staff and students — in his care. Don was truly a “pastor” at Milligan, just as he had been at First Christian Church. I felt this personally; when I came down with lymphoma, Don perhaps more than any other was concerned with my physical progress. I am shocked and saddened that he is gone from this earth. But I know, just as he knew, that his faith has been rewarded.

  35. Brenda Simpson Scarbrough says:

    Don”s Family:
    I am so sorry to hear of his unexpected passing. I have many memories of Don through our high school years. He was a true example of a Christian. His time on this earth was well spent and I am sure he now has a heavenly home.

  36. To Clarinda and family,
    On behalf of all of the staff at the North American Christian Convention, we send our deepest sympathy. We were so saddended by the news of Don”s passing. We are also joyful in knowing Don is celebrating with our Lord. Don has been such a solid and bold leader for the NACC, and especially over this past year as our NACC Board Chairman. His faithful leadership, his personal mentorship to me, his friendship and wisdom, his generous nature and support, his comforting manner to me when my father passed away this year right before the convention, and his role modeling as a Christian leader will always be impressed upon me. He was a faithful Christian man. I feel so fortunate to have known Don over these past 8 years while working with him as Milligan College”s President, and directly as my “boss”, this past year, while he served as NACC Board Chairman…. The staff and I will miss him, greatly. Please know that we send our love to you and the family, and will be in prayer for you as you journey through this life event. Much Love and Blessings to you and the Jeanes Family as you celebrate Don”s loving memories together with family and your many, many friends.

  37. JOHN JOINER says:

    I am sorry to hear of Don”s passing but I know he is going to a better place. I have known Don since the first grade in Red Oak, GA. at Eastern Grammar School but have not seen him since our graduation night from high school in Fairburn, GA. in 1964. I remember Don beating me by one vote to be the Captain of the AAA School Patrol, but he deserved it a lot more than me. I always knew he would do something great in his life as he has proven it to all of us. May God bless all of his family.

  38. Clarinda and Amy,

    The sense of loss is overwhelming to us all, but we know that the loss of our dear friend cannot compare to the loss of the loving husband and father that Don was. We lift you up with our hearts and our prayers.

    From Dorm Daddy (remember being locked in your apartment?) to friend…from being our minister to truly becoming our spiritual leader…from being the President of my alma mater to being a mentor who made me believe that I too could lead an institution…there is a loss there that can not be replaced.

    Though I can no longer call and ask for his advice, I can reflect on his life, his guidance and his example of Christian leadership and try to determine “What would Don have done”…and I will try.

    May you be warmed by the outpouring of love from the extended Milligan alumni/family to those who knew him the best…the two of you.

  39. Campbell High Class of 1964 Fairburn GA says:

    Clarinda & Family,
    The class sends its deepest condolences you and yours during this time.
    We all knew that Donald was destined for greatness. Even back then.
    His was a gentle spirit with quiet strength.
    He will be missed by all his classmates.

  40. Troy Hammond ('89) says:

    You have my deepest sympathies. That you and Don had a real impact in my life, even though we didn”t overlap at Milligan, is just one more example of the full breadth of your touch on the Milligan family. When I was called to teach a course as Adjunct when Milligan started the MBA program in 2004, you both went out of your way to show your support and provide encouragement when I came to campus. When you visited the Pittsburgh area, you stopped in to show encouragement to the ministry at Discovery Christian. Thank you for caring and giving so much of yourselves to the Milligan family.

  41. Clarinda and Family,

    Diane and I send our prayers and sympathy at the sudden home-going of Don. During my years on the Board of Advisors, Don always made me feel welcome and asked about my ministry and family. His years at Milligan have left an incredible legacy! Both of you have shown your great love for Milligan and above all your love for Christ. May the comfort and love of God wrap you in arms of support and guidance. We rejoice in the faith Don lived and the promises he is now enjoying. We will continue to pray for you, as will the Center Christian Church Family here in Mays, Indiana. Our loss is certainly Heaven”s gain!

  42. Andrew Hull says:

    Dear Clarinda,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Don was not only a wonderful president of Milligan College, but also a great example for all of us who were lucky enough to be a part of his life. I always thought of him as a more quiet and reserved man until I saw him participate in one of the best pranks that has ever been played on me. As a senior, some of my friends along with myself had T-shirts made that said “Milligan Middle School”. We all wore them on the same day as a joke and I really thought that was the end of it. However, when I crossed the stage at my graduation, he handed me a different type of diploma that said “Milligan Junior High School” instead of Milligan College! I could not believe he remembered the T-shirt incident and actually gave me that diploma! I have it hanging in my office today!

    I am very saddened for your loss and my prayers go out to you and your family.
    Andrew Hull, Class of 2001

  43. Sidney Burns says:

    At a senior luncheon right before graduation, Dr. Jeanes shook my hand and asked me what my plans were after graduation. After telling him I would be joining the softball coaching staff of conference rival Virginia Intermont, Dr. Jeanes laughed and asked me what Coach Holly thought about that. Later that week as I crossed the stage to shake his hand and receive my diploma, Dr. Jeanes pulled me in close and whispered in my ear, “Now, I want Milligan to win when we play VI!”

    Thank you Dr. Jeanes for the impact you had on my alma mater. Milligan is truly a great place.

  44. Sabine Schnelle says:

    Dear Clarinda, if I could say something to Don at this time it would be ””Thank You””. He has been such an example of a gentle christian man. Though I didn””t know him as much as many have, I got to know him some through the mission committee at FCC and seeing him at church. I remember how I respected him being this calm and friendly man at all times. Bob and I feel your sorrow and hope you find your peace in Christ with the help of all your friends and family.

  45. Kathy Wymore Downs says:

    Dear Clarinda and family,

    My heart goes out to all of you. When I think of the impact of Don’s sudden passing, the words of this hymn keep coming to my mind. I hope these words will also comfort you.

    “O the deep, deep love of Jesus, vast, unmeasured, boundless, free!
    Rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me!
    Underneath me, all around me is the current of Thy love
    Leading onward, leading homeward to Thy glorious rest above!”

    I have very fond memories of Don when we were students at Milligan. I was so pleased when he accepted the Presidency of Milligan and knew that the college, we all love so much, would be in capable hands with Don and you in that important role of leadership. Don’s wisdom, gentle strength, and love for serving the Lord will be his legacy. I have always admired the way you served diligently alongside Don where ever the Lord led the two of you. You both have been faithful examples of a servant’s heart. You will be in my thoughts and prayers as the Lord continues to lead you in serving and glorifying Him.

    Much love,

  46. Wes Holly says:

    Clarinda, Amy, and Family, may God”s loving arms surround you during this
    sad loss. Don was a blessing to all who knew him and will be missed greatly
    in the Milligan Community. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and may your
    hearts be filled with joy and peace, knowing Don is now at home with his Lord.

  47. Clint and Adele Holloway says:

    …round our hearts…memories sweet shall throng….

  48. Richard and Betsy Weaver says:

    Carinda, Amy and Family, I am stuned and saddened to hear of Don”s passing.
    When we brought our daughter Wendy to visit Milligan, Don reminded me we were brothers.
    Born in the same hospital ,same day, our farthers formed a lifelong friendship in the waiting room. I have since concidered him a brother. Betsy and I send to ya”ll our prayers symphathy and our love. Truely a great reunion is taking place in heven ! A great servant of the Lord has returned home.
    2 Timothy iv. 7.

  49. Tisha and Corey Webb says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Clarinda, Amy and the grandkids. I am so sorry for your loss of such a great husband, father, grandfather and leader in the community. My heart aches for you all during this time. I know we will all be reunited in Heaven with him. I pray for peace and comfort to the family.
    Tisha Webb
    Class of 2002

  50. Janet Stanley Clapsaddle ex '72 says:

    Clarinda, I was an under-classmate to you and Don from Ohio. I was best known as Sharon Hoffman”s roommate . I started my Milligan life in the basement of Sutton Hall. I have no idea what it is to lose a spouse, but I do know of the comfort and faithfulness of our Lord Jesus Christ. I pray for you and your family in this time of loss but I also know that this loss will be replaced with joy when we unite again in our “mansion” that Christ has prepared for His children.

  51. Omar Kassem says:

    Clarinda and Family, I was extremely saddened to hear of Don”s passing. I will always be grateful for his kindness and counselling when I went through my divorce in 1995, and for how his sermons especially during that time helped me to cope. He was a special man and I am blessed to have known him. God be with you and comfort you. We will miss him.

  52. Betty Sue McGarvey says:

    On behalf of the faculty and staff of Baptist College of Health Sciences, we extend our deepest sympathies to the Jeanes family and to the entire Milligan College family.

  53. Jim Frasure ('62) says:

    The memories of Don and Clarinda are warm and cherished. I was able to reconnect with Milligan largely through the friendship that I had with Don. I always felt comfortable and welcome in his presence. I will miss his steady hand and quite humor, but more importantly the vision he had for Milligan and its role in advancing the Kingdom continues as an important part of his legacy.

  54. Charles & Mary Beckett says:

    Two years ago, Don Jeanes reached out to us though none of our family had any immediate connection with Milligan. He wrote to encourage us and commend the witness of our daughter, Cheryl, who had sacrificed her life for the people of Afghanistan. He wrote, “she did what the rest of us just talk about.” Don Jeanes did more than talk. He shared our grief. Now we share the loss of the Jeanes family and the Milligan family.

    May our Lord Jesus Christ comfort you as he has comforted us.

  55. Kip & Katy Lines says:

    Our condolences and prayers to the Jeanes family and the Milligan community. Dr. Jeanes made an impact on so many lives, including ours!

  56. Katy Large says:

    I had the honor of being a student during Dr. Jeanes”s time as president. I got to know him and Clarinda through the many special events I served on campus and through other chance encounters. They are truly one of the most loving, caring, welcoming, approachable couples I have ever known. Dr. Jeanes was a shining example of servant leadership, not only on campus, but in every role he played in the community. I was always surprised that he not only knew my name, but many times chatted with me about how things were going – there aren”t many colleges where the president invests in every student like that. I was shocked and saddened to hear of his passing – his absence certainly leaves a void in the community that cannot be filled. Since receiving the news, the only phrase that repeats itself to me is “well done, good and faithful servant” – and I truly believe that he had finished the work God had planned for him, so was called home – but we will see him again! Clarinda, Amy, and family – I can”t imagine how you must feel, but please know that we are praying for you and grieving with you. May you be surrounded by the comfort and love you need right now.

    Katy (Head) Large, class of 2005

  57. Milton Carter says:

    When you look at the Milligan College campus you see the influence of Dr. Jeanes. His vision and leadership will forever be missed. We as a community will miss his presence and many of us will miss his friendship, wit, and the encouraging words he offered in our day to day passing.

    My prayers go to Clarinda and Amy and the family during this time.

  58. J. Tuell says:

    Dr. Jeanes was a great, great man. I grew up across the street from him & had the pleasure of knowing him as just another dad in the neighborhood…& of course, a pastor at my church. Though I imagined he only saw me as another troublemaking kid from the neighborhood, the truth was that he never gave up on me or any of the more mischievious kids. As is the way of the world, people love to name-drop & over romanticize simple, casual relationships w/ those who are truly special & who”ve achieved greatness & I guess I”m no different. But it wasn”t until my final stretch at Milligan that I realized that this respect was reciprocated when he took the time to help me w/ a problem I ran into. Having lost my father soon after graduation, it meant the world to me to have him step far beyond the cursory “I”m sorry to hear”s…” & the “If you need anything”s…” into a far more personal place that required time and effort on his part to help some kid who did little more than to simply grow up across the street. Thank you so much. You”ll never know what you did for me & my family. As a Milligan MBA, I”d like to say that the world will be in the red for some time because of the passing of this great, great man.

  59. Lori Hilbert says:

    I have only been blessed to be on staff at MC for three years now, but feel like i have been associated with the college for years thru my sister-in-law Sue. I know from her how wonderful Dr. Jeanes was. She is so very sad with his passing. In the short time i have been here, I too could see how wonderful Dr. Jeanes was as a man that humbled himself to everyone”s level. He was so friendly and called you by your first name every time he saw you. That takes a good memory and shows you that he cares about each and everyone of you/us. God must have a plan now for Clarinda and her family because he would not have let Dr. Jeanes leave this earth with no reason to follow. Dr. Jeanes has touched many, many lives (with the Holy Spirit working beside him) and I feel certain there will be many, many more to come with his passing. God Bless the Jeanes family until they meet again.

  60. Dr. C. Keith Young says:

    I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Jeanes when I was first becoming acquainted with the community and my new role as director of Northeast State at Elizabethton. He was then, and to the last time I saw him at his retirement, a gracious host, a genteel spirit, and a genuine person committed to completing the mission which God entrusted to him. We are all the richer for his leadership and his passing is a great loss to Milligan College and our community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his dear family.

  61. Jeff Greene says:

    Don had a heart for missions. He was very influential when my wife and I were preparing for service with Christian Missionary Fellowship in Brazil. He loved missionaries and helped shape CMF to what it is today through his years of service on their board. Two people made an impact in my life: Leroy Lawson and Don Jeanes, both dedicated men of God.
    I am reminded today of what Paul said in Acts 13:36 “Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep.” The same can be said of Dr. Jeanes.

  62. Kathy Greer says:

    Dear Clarinda,
    You and your family are in my prayers. I did not know Don personally but was blessed by the influence he had at Milligan while our daughter received her education there. Don did many great things at the college and in the community, pointing us all to Jesus Christ.

  63. Gary Thompson says:

    I was very saddened to hear of Don”s passing. Clarinda and Amy, my heart goes out to you both. Leslie and I am praying for you! Don was one of the finest men I ever met. He was a great example for me as a godly man, husband, father, and minister. He was one of the hardest working and best leaders I have ever seen. I will miss him greatly.

  64. Emily Bloom says:

    I first met Dr. Jeanes and Clarinda in their daughter Amy”s house the spring before my freshman year at Milligan. I had no idea the man in the doorway talking to me about my school choice for the next fall was the president of said college. He talked to me as if I were not merely an incoming freshman, but as someone with something to say. He made every student feel important. He will be greatly missed on campus and in the hearts of people everywhere.

  65. Chris Rolph says:

    As I learned of Don’s passing yesterday, time stopped for me and know for many others. As I have spoken with many of Don”s friends, I believe that we should all take time to pause and reflect on this great man and his contributions to the Kingdom. Don was always ministering to his family, friends, acquaintances, employees and many others. There are so many people who were blessed by his anonymous benevolence as well.

    While I worked with Don for 9 of my nearly 11 years at Milligan, I considered him far more than just the President. He always showed a genuine interest in my personal wellbeing and that of my family. After I left Milligan, Don reached out to me at a difficult time and maintained our relationship. It was at this time that I realized the depth of this man. As with many of us, we develop clarity with hindsight.

    Clarinda and Amy, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your families. You have lost a wonderful Christian husband and father. I pray that God will give you the comfort and peace that you both need at this very difficult time. I pray for healing and an eternal perspective in the days that follow.

    It is so hard to believe that Don has left this place and God’s servant is now in his eternal home, but we know he is in paradise; walking down the streets of gold.

  66. June Leonard says:

    I remember Don as a student when I first came to Milligan and then when he was Director of Financial Aid. He impressed me when he became president in 1997, the year my husband passed away, and he came to the hospital and prayed with me in the final hours of his passing. Even though he had become the president of a college, he still had a compassionate heart for people who were hurting. When I went to his presidential reception, I said to him: “I guess you know you are too young for this job.” I will remember him as a true example of Christian leadership.

  67. Webby Oglesby says:

    I first met Dr. Jeanes at ACC…in the late ”70”s. I attended classes he taught. I also served with him for many years at CCDM(Christian Churches Disability Ministries). I considered him a friend. I was an older married student at ACC and appreciated Don”s attitude and friendly help. Serving on the board with him gave me a new appreciation for his intellect and wisdom. He possessed both, and was able to always add a focused solution or comment to the discussion. He will be missed. My heart and prayers go out to his family. Saddedned and shocked by his sudden passing….I do know however, that he now is experiencing what I long for…”this world is not my home, I”m just passing through.” We who are in Christ are not permanent residents of earth…what a joy to know our brother is with Jesus. God Bless!!

  68. Rita & Steve Lay says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family in the passing of a genuinely nice, caring, and Godly man. We both had Dr. Jeanes as a Composition professor at Atlanta Christian College and remember with fondness those years. May The Great Physician heal your hearts and grant you peace in your time of mourning.
    Steve & Rita Lay

  69. Don Jeanes was a tremendous supporter of not only his school”s athletic programs but also the entire Conference”s. He gave selflessly of his time and talent to the student-athletes and coaches in the Conference and as a result we have a better association and stronger impact upon the lives of the young men and women who participate in intercollegiate athletics on our member campuses.

    I consider him a friend and colleague and will miss his wise counsel. I pray that the LORD will bring comfort to Clarinda and his entire family. You are in our prayers.

  70. Sarah Motley says:

    The thank you note I never wrote:
    Thank you for your hospitality. Thank you for making your corner of the world a better place.This is an ancient song about the Holy Spirit that bought me, my patients and their families comfort in my work as a hospice nurse.

  71. Christian Thompson 03-07 says:

    He was more than my college president. He was a servant leader in Rotoract, the one who almost kicked me out of Milligan for pranks (and the one I hugged at graduation with a heartfelt thank you for not doing so) and always a smile and a “Hello Christian.”

  72. Brian Davis says:

    My prayers go out to all of the Jeanes family. I remember when I first met Dr Jeanes. It was our first night of class in the Adult program. My first thought as a future business leader was ” I want to be like him”. Thanks for the influence Dr. Jeanes it is because of this influence that ” I dare to do great things” as a business man and Christian.

    Brian Davis
    Class of 2001

  73. John and Yvonne Marr says:


    There is no adequate way for us to express our feeling of loss and yet appreciation for you and Don and all that he continues to mean to the Milligan Community, First Christian Church and the entire Christian brotherhood. Don”s leadership and devotion to Christ and the ministry of the church will be a lasting legacy to the man he truly was. God truly blessed both of us with knowing Don and the opportunity to share in many of the fruits of his labors both at First Christian and especially Milligan College. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

  74. Jan (Loveday) says:

    My family has been forever changed by the gracious spirit of Don and Clarinda Jeanes, who demonstrated Christ”s love in more than one circumstance in our lives over the past few years. On a greater community level, their influence and ministry as loving partners cannot be measured but is a legacy of their humble service together.

    Clarinda, my heart aches for you in your loss. I am so thankful that I know your dear husband understood my appreciation for the difference he made in my family”s life, and I”m so glad I had the privilege of honoring him in the Milligan history book. That allows me to smile through my tears.

    Please know you are in my prayers.


  75. Scott and Cindy Newland '93, '94 says:

    We are mourning with our Milligan family. Our love and prayers, and our gratitude for your family”s leadership and service….

  76. Phil and Susie Blowers says:

    One of the blessings of being part of the Milligan Family is that we rejoice and we grieve together. We are deeply saddened by the news that our friend, Dr. Don Jeanes, has passed. Don was a tremendous, visionary leader who guided Milligan College with skill and faith, embodying her motto, “Christian Education—The Hope of the World”. His wisdom and humility as a servant of Jesus Christ has left a rich legacy that will be a blessing to Milligan for years to come. Our prayers are with Clarinda, Amy, the Jeanes family and the Milligan community for peace and comfort. And we rejoice in the knowledge that Don is now with Almighty God. “Blessed are those who who die in the Lord”.

  77. Tyra Farmer Walker says:

    My heart is broken for you tonight but I know that joy cometh in the morning. Don was another gentle giant that people listened to when he spoke because he always had something wise to say. He was kind to everyone and will be missed. Take one day at a time and always remember you will see him again.
    You are loved, Clarinda. God bless you. Tyra

  78. David and Peggy Campbell says:

    Clarinda, Our hearts are heavy today with the passing of Don. We are so sorry for your loss. Don was so involved in church and community activities which we are not a part of. But it did not matter to Don. He would always give a simple hello to us if we met somewhere. It was usually at Atlanta Bread. We could all use a little bit of Don in our daily lives. What a great person. We are sad today but deep inside we feel so lucky to have ever known Don.

  79. Corey & Dianna Gardenhour says:

    Clarinda and Amy,
    Our hearts broke this morning when we heard about Dr. Jeanes. We have so many wonderful memories of him. From our years at First Christian Church to getting to know him at Milligan, every memory has him smiling. He even took the time to write us a little note whenever sending a letter from Milligan. His leadership and example will always be visible at the college and throughout the community. We love you and are praying for you.
    The Gardenhour family

  80. Valerie Waruszewski says:

    “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)

    Our condolences and prayers are with the Jeanes family.

  81. Beth Lewis Schreiner '84 says:

    My condolences go out to the family. The news is so unexpected, as many have already said. Dealing with the loss of a loved one is difficult; what a comfort to know we have the assurance of reuniting in heaven.
    I remember playing women””s softball for 1st Christian Church in J.C. in the mid-80””s. Dr. Jeanes was the Associate minister of the church at that time. He and Clarinda attended the games supporting us whether we won or lost. It was impressive that the minister (and his wife) from such a large congregation would spend evenings watching church-league softball. Surely there were more important obligations, but the encouragement was very meaningful and left a significant impact. Thank you for being “real” and genuinely caring about others.

  82. Janet Gray Sparks says:

    Clarinda, please know that you and your family will be in my constant prayers.

  83. Todd Norris says:

    Don Jeanes touched the lives of so many people both directly, through his friendship and testimony and indirectly through his leadership. Don and I started work together at Milligan on the same day–the day his presidency began. We spent many hours together in the car on Milligan trips and in business meetings and strategy sessions. Don”s mentoring and influence changed my life. He was a boss, a friend, a pastor, and a counselor. On many occasions, his wry sense of humor put a very complex issue into perspective. Regardless of the situation, his wisdom and insight prevailed.

    In so many ways, and in so many lives, Don Jeanes is simply irreplaceable. His impact will last for many generations to come, and his legacy will be forever.

    Whitney and I send our prayers and love to Clarinda, Amy and the entire Jeanes and Milligan family.

    Todd Norris

  84. Teresa Davis says:

    Clarinda, You changed the course of my spiritual life many years ago when you asked me to teach toddlers. I got my act together and never looked back.

    Your marriage was an inspiration as well. You guys could put on the ritz with the best of them, and get down and dirty laughing the whole time. There were obviously always three in your marriage, Christ, Don and you.

    As I read the earlier condolences, I see one theme throughout. Humble, gracious, generous, good sport.

    Don was such a rock for the missions committee. He had a way of considering all aspects of missionary requests and bringing reason to the table.

    I remember something in a sermon he gave that I try to remember…”Always keep the main thing, the main thing”.

    If the rest of us are in shock, I can only imagine what you must be feeling. All I know to say is that I love you, I care and I”m praying.

  85. Martha (Marty) Flynn Hillyer says:

    I am so sorry Clarinda. You and I graduated together from Milligan and I hope you remember me. I have watched you and Don do great things for Milligan through the years. Don is in the arms of Jesus now and I know you will miss him greatly. May God bless you during this time of sorrow. Blessings and peace to you and your family.

  86. Bob D. Fife, MD says:

    It is with great shock and deep sadness that our entire Fife family joins with our Milligan family in remembering the wonderful Christian leader, husband, father and friend Don has been over the years. As student, classmate, suite-mate, dorm parent (Hardin Hall Men), pastor and minister, college president, and ALWAYS as friend, Don touched so many of us with his positive, encouraging, humble, and loving nature. His amazing capacity to bring a Christlike vision and faith to all of his many endeavors will be greatly missed, and should be often emulated by those of us privileged to have known him. Clarinda, please know that we are covering you and the family with our prayers, and that you and Don will forever be for us an amazing model of Christian marriage, partnership, and servanthood.

    “And now unto Him who is able….”

  87. Tammy and Rick Gray says:

    Rick and I are so shocked and saddened by this news. We have been blessed having known Don. He was such a great leader and friend. We will cherish the memories of our years together. Take care and know we are praying for you, Amy, and the boys. We love you, Clarinda!

  88. Alta Nighbert Linthicum '68 says:

    It is certainly true that bad news travels fast. We have lost a classmate, friend, leader, and example. My deepest sympathies to family and friends as I know there is an important part of your life missing today. Continue leaning on those everlasting arms–there you will find comfort and strength.

  89. Bob Hayden says:

    My prayers and thoughts are with Clarinda, Amy, Brad, Eli and Hayden. God truly blessed our alma mater with Don”s unique skills which enabled Milligan”s ministry to exceed many of our expectations while meeting God”s expectations. Thanks to the Jeanes” family for sharing Don with all of us.

  90. John D. Boothe says:

    I watched Dr. Jeanes make Milligan a better college. His accomplishments are numerous and will inspire future leaders at Milligan. He was always ready to talk to me when I visited or came to class reunions.

    John Boothe
    Class of 1964

  91. I will forever have fond memories of Dr. Jeanes and Clarinda. Often having conversations with them while passing their home on the way to the Post Office, and at times being invited to come in for a snack (I was a starving student). He always remembered who I was, and was interested in the story of how I came to choose Milligan all the way from Southern California. The Jeanes” true interest in who I was made me feel cared for and loved even when I was far away from home.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Clarinda and family. May you find comfort through His love, and confidence in His promise.

  92. Ed & Cheryl Hugunin says:

    Dear Clarinda our prayers and thoughts are with you now. It was such a great blessing and honor to know Don and to have worked with the two of you on the Restoration Crew. He was a man we looked up to and admired for his dedication to Christ first and to Milligan College. We will never forget the wonderful memories of dinners at your home and the fellowship you provided to the Restoration Crew. God Bless you and your family.

  93. Nevan Hooker says:

    On September 14, 2001, President Jeanes paid for a $900 BBQ dinner bill and completely saved the day. We had started a new restaurant club and accidentally had the restaurant cater a dinner for 75 people…only 14 students showed up that night. Kent Pettit and I looked at Don in a new way after that…he wasn”t just the President. He was our friend. And, we always think of barbeque when we think of him. There”s only one Don.

  94. Elsie Smith says:

    We are so saddened to hear of the passing of Don….our hearts are heavy, and our prayers are for the family. JD and I have known Don since he was a teenager in East Point, Ga. He has always been one of our favorite people; he will be greatly missed.
    May God continue to strengthen you and fill your hearts with His peace

    JD and Elsie Smith

  95. Kent Pettit says:

    I”m so very sad to hear of President Jeanes”s passing. He has done so much for me. There was the famous Pardners BBQ fiasco, in which he paid a $900 catering bill that my restaurant club racked up. More seriously, due to my less-than-perfect insurance back in the day, he got the Johnson City Medical Center to write off several hundred dollars from an overnight stay. He always endured with good humor my impersonations of him and various other college antics. In my book, he will always be a saint. Many prayers and thoughts to Clarinda, Amy and family, and the entire Milligan community.

  96. Christina Sturgill says:

    Rick and I were very fond of Don. He was a wonderful man! I will always remember Rick”s baptism by Don – it was a very special time for us! Milligan flourished under Don”s and your care – I know he will be greatly missed by the entire Milligan community! I cannot fathom your depth of loss and pain in Don”s passing, but I will be praying for you and your family to be held in the comforting arms of our loving Father.
    Christina Sturgill

  97. Rebecca Schauer Robertson says:

    So very saddened to hear the news. Dr. Jeanes touched many lives.

  98. So sorry to hear of Don”s death. I knew he and Clarinda many years ago when they were members of Southwest Christian Church in East Point, Ga. Clarinda, you and your family are in my prayers.

  99. Tim Smith, '80 says:

    So saddened to learn of the passing of truly a fine Christian leader. I join with the Milligan family in mourning the passing of Don Jeanes. My deepest condolences to Clarinda and the Jeanes” family.

  100. Pam and Bill Lizzio says:

    We are so saddened by your loss of a wonderful spouse and family member and our loss of a great church family member. You and your family will be in our prayers for comfort and peace and God”s loving arms wrapped around you. We will always remember Don for his visit to our home when we wanted to join First Christian Church and him baptising us. He was a wonderful man of God showing kindness, wisdom, and humility.

  101. Carolyn Walsh Carter says:

    Some people bless your life just by being in it. That is certainly true of Don and Clarinda Jeanes. They have touched my life in ways they will never know. We will miss Don”s humble presence on our campus. He touched the lives of so many and for that we are eternally grateful.

    Dr. Carolyn Walsh Carter
    Don and Clarinda Jeanes Chair of Servant Leadership

  102. Bill Behrman says:

    The Florida Christian College family extends its deepest sympathies to Clarinda and the Milligan College family in the loss of a dear brother in Christ. Don”s example of servant leadership is appreciated by all. May God”s peace and love surround you.

  103. Ginger ('79)and Bob Merrill ('80) says:

    Milligan lost a great man today. As alumni and parents of a current Milligan student (Elizabeth ”15), we have seen the amazing influence Don has had on this wonderful college during his tenure as President. We pray for his family, his wife, his daughter, his grandchildren and for the entire Milligan family as a whole, who are deeply mourning the loss of this one of a kind man – a role model, a Christain servant, a leader and a visionary. Sending our love and comfort from New Hamsphire to you all…………..

  104. Steve and DeAnna Barnett says:

    Clarinda, Don”s passing is a jolting reminder of how tenuous this life is. We cling to the promise of eternity through our Lord. Steve and I are praying for you and your family to feel God”s loving embrace during this difficult time.

  105. Marshall Hayden says:

    It”s hard to find the right words. Shock! Sad! Grateful! Hope! Those are a few.

    Clarinda, for those of us yet to be separated from a spouse we can only imagine everything that you are feeling and thinking.

    Don”s legacy will be remembered by the fact that he has served, he has mattered, wisely, readily, and effectively. His passing, in addition to the big hole that it leaves in the immediate family, leaves many holes in the fabric of the family of believers and churches of which we are a part. They will not be filled quickly; and those of us who continue in those tasks will have many reasons to reflect gratefully on Don”s spirit, skill, and high value. He will be greatly missed.

  106. Dewey and Ellen Klahn says:

    Our condolences to Clarinda and family and to the Milligan Family. Don will surely be missed. We thank you for memories: of a pleasant reception in Little Heartland during one of the Alumni Weekends; a stimulating Sunday School class at First Christian; and friendly conversation whenever we came to the campus to visit our son. We always felt like family.
    Dewey and Ellen

  107. Rev. Debbie Shields says:

    Dr. Jeanes had such a servant”s heart. The Spiritual and Pastoral Care Department at Johnson City Medical Center is deeply saddened at the loss of this dear colleague. Dr. Jeanes served faithfully as a volunteer chaplain for 20 years. He touched many lives over the years and we are blessed to have had him as a mentor, a colleague and a friend. Clarinda and Amy, please know that our thoughts and prayers embrace you and the family.

  108. Paul Blowers says:

    When C. S. Lewis”s mother died, he wrote, “With my mother”s death all settled happiness . . . disappeared from my life. There was to be much fun, many pleasures, many stabs of joy; but no more of the old security. It was sea and islands now; the great continent had sunk like Atlantis.” The words are appropriate for my feelings on the passing of Don Jeanes, who was at once a pillar of stability and a magnificently visionary leader in the Milligan and Emmanuel community and well beyond. Our prayer is for God”s Holy Spirit to be a safety net for Clarinda and for all the family as they grieve. May the Lord bless Don and keep him in his everlasting embrace until we are all reunited in the presence of the gracious God.

  109. So very sorry to hear of this loss of one of our most notable community leaders. I am praying for Clarinda and the entire family.

  110. Aaron Wymer says:

    I am thankful for Dr. Jeanes” leadership in and beyond this community. He is a model of living life in such a way as to bless others.

    I am also thankful that he invested his life in so many who are now leaders in their own right, and with that same spirit.

  111. Paul Alexander says:

    Don was such a kind person and such a humble leader. He showed me such kindness as a new college administrator and even more kindness to my daughter when she was considering coming out from California to go to Milligan. My parents, Bob and Peggy Alexander consider Don and Clarinda to be dear friends. Blessings to all those who mourn today. Paul

  112. Tim & Vicki McIntosh says:

    We first met Don Jeanes as students at Atlanta Christian College. He was one of our professors and the finance officer at the school and he did both jobs well. The next time we crossed his path was at Milligan College. We were leaving our daughter there as a student and Don was the president of the school. He greeted us warmly and eased the separation anxiety we were feeling. Our daughter, Jennifer, worked her on-campus student aid job as his assistant and he always looked out for her. For that, we are eternally grateful. This world has lost a true gentleman and man of God, but Heaven has gained a statesman. Our prayers are with the Jeanes family and the Milligan family at this time.

  113. Dalan Telles says:

    This past weekend before i left from Texas to U.K on a business trip i was reading Milligan”s magazine and i saw the fountain dedicated to Dr. Jeanes and his wife Clarinda.

    That fountain shows a little bit what Dr. Jeanes was about to the community. He lived his life to serve people. One time, after a soccer match at Milligan, Dr Jeanes approached to give me congrats for a good soccer match and also for improving my grades at the time. He was always encouraging us.

    I was introduced to Dr. Jeanes by former Milligan”s soccer coach john Garvilla, he knew my name already and since then he always called me by my first name. He was always so involved with the students. One of my happiest moment in my life is when i received my diploma from his hand in may of 2002. I have that picture in my office.

    Dr. Jeanes, Thank you every much for everything you had done. Milligan”s community was blessed by having you with us for so many years.

    I send my condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Jeanes.

    Dalan Telles.

  114. Tracy W. Marx says:

    The condolences and the prayers of Louisville Bible College are with the Milligan College community and the Jeanes family. Don was a wonderful man and colleague, and I truly enjoyed working and fellowshipping with him in the Presidents Association of Christian Colleges. May God grant you all peace and comfort in the name of Jesus.

  115. Julia Holmes says:

    Clarinda, I am praying for you and your family during this time. I count it one of my greatest blessings to have taught at MC while President Jeanes was there. God called him and gifted him as a Christian leader. I am so thankful that he was blessed to see his vision for MC just multiply. His influence and impact will continue. I have so many fond memories of formal, informal, and just chats with him. It is an honor to remember him as President Jeanes but also a blessing to remember him as a friend. In addition, as I reflect about his tenure at Milligan, it includes his family. You all made a world of difference in the lives of so many people and because of who you are his legacy will continue. I am praying that God will comfort, strengthen and provide you with a peace during this time. It is with the utmost respect that I send you love and hugs.
    Julia Holmes

  116. Mikki Wright says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Milligan family today at the news of this loss. May the peace of Christ be felt by all who are mourning the passing of this great man. God bless you dear Clarinda, you are in my prayers.

  117. David and Linda Giles says:

    Our prayers go out for Clarinda and the Jeanes family. Don was a helpful and generous friend of CMF and we will miss him greatly.

  118. Wendy Patrick says:

    Oh my dear friend, Clarinda! i wish i could hug your neck right now. Keep breathing and know that there are so many of us right now lifting you and Amy up in prayer to the Father.

  119. Bobby Winter says:

    Clarinda, My heart goes out to you and your family. Don was a wonderful person always with a smile on his face, he has always been an inspiration to me. I always looked up to him as my hero after our choir tour West in 1967, I was in total shock after hearing the news this morning. But we all know Don is with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. God bless you and your family.

  120. Michael Gallo says:

    My deepest condolences to the Jeanes Family. The world has lost a wonderful man, I will always remember seeing Dr. Jeanes around the campus and he always had time to talk about our Baseball season and how things were going. He was a great man.

  121. Daryl Reed says:

    Dr. Donald Jeanes will be missed. May the God of comfort, be with the family, and all who loved Dr. Jeanes during this sad time. And, may we all be inspired to serve Christ”s kingdom the way our brother so faithfully served.

  122. Ruth Hammack Alexanderr says:

    The death of Dr. Jeanes has saddened me as well as others. He was a great man, a good leader and administrator. He will be missed by all who knew him.

  123. Caroline Kangwa says:

    May the good Lord grant Clarinda and the remaining family grace and strength to face each given day. “God shall wipe away all tears from our eyes.” I

  124. Ruth Hammack Alexanderr says:

    The death of Dr. Jeanes saddens me and others. He was great man, a good leader and an excellent scholar. He will be missed.

  125. Del Harris says:

    What a shock to me! Just this summer we were together for a Milligan fundraiser at my home church in Plainfield, IN and he seemed to be in the top of health. He and Clarinda were very vibrant in their representation of the benefits and blessings of a Milligan education. Obviously, it is a case of “well done, good and faithful servant”, as he has passed the baton on to another. And we all know that he has given a great start to President Bill Greer in the next leg of the race to extreme excellence for MC. Heartfelt sympathy from Ann and me to Clarinda, the family and to all whom Don touched these many years. Through grace, Del Harris, 1959

  126. Ruth Hammack Alexander says:

    It is a sad occasion with the loss of Dr. Jeanes. He did many wonderful things for Milligan. He will be missed by so many with his passing.

  127. Timothy Ross says:

    Our love and prayers go out to the Jeane”s family. We remember Don with thanksgiving for his friendship and good work for the Lord. I”m remembering my first day on the job as the minister of Hopwood, sixteen years ago, when I showed up at 5:30am at the hospital to check in on a patient awaiting surgery…I wasn”t sure where to go but met Don in the lobby. He graciously helped me find my way. Peace on your family, and love from the Ross family, and the Hopwood congregation.

  128. Carolyn "Kusty" Kustanbauter says:

    Clarinda, please know that my heart is breaking for you and Amy and her family. I was blessed to get to know all of you during the many summers we traveled to Milligan to work on “Restoration Crew.” We worked hard and played hard and had some wonderful and memorable dinners in your home. Please know that both you and Don have been loved, admired and respected as you have led through example by serving faithfully both Milligan College and the God you love. I am a better person and a better Christian for having known and worked with you. The Milligan Family has lost a great friend today.

  129. Lawrence Flynn says:

    My heart felt sorrow goes to the family of Don Jeans. Clarinda, he was one of my oldest friends at Milligan. And being several years older, became the hero of our adventure. May he find his place in heaven. For you; may the wind be to you back and the sun shine warm on your face as you adjust to this circumstance. Be strong. L.

  130. Russ & Michelle Cassens says:

    Our sympathies to the Jeanes family. President Jeanes will be forever remembered for his strong leadership and humble service. His legacy is a dear part of our fond Milligan memories (2000-2004).

  131. Sarah Whetzel says:

    Mrs. Jeanes, Amy and family,
    I am so sad to hear about the passing of Dr. Jeanes. He was a wonderful man, a great president for Milligan, and a personal friend and role model. I was honored to work with him and Mrs. Jeanes during my 4 yrs at Milligan (1998-2002) as their house keeper, pet sitter, occasional office assistant, and sometimes landscaper too! I will always remember Dr. Jeanes and a friend, kind, and Godly man. My heart and prayers go out to you all during this difficult time!

    With much love,
    Sarah Whetzel
    Lynchburg, VA

  132. Debra Haagen says:

    We are saddened by the news of the loss of Dr. Jeanes. Our prayers are with the family.

  133. Chuck and Pam Gee says:

    We are saddened by the news of Don”s death. I appreciated Don”s contributions to Milligan prior to his accepting the Presidency of the College and followed his leadership skills in that office with interest. I know it would have been a pleasure to serve on the faculty under his administration but did not have that experience due to my early retirement. Clarinda and Amy, please know that you are in our prayers.

    Pam and Chuck Gee

  134. Emily Homrich Mitchell says:

    Mrs. Jeans, Amy & Family,
    I”m so sorry to hear about the passing of your husband/Dad. I have been thinking about you both today. Praise God that you will see him again, this line has been going through my head all day …”when we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be, when we all see Jesus we”ll sing and shout the victory”.

    Praying for peace and comfort to you and your family.
    Emily Homrich Mitchell (Jumper)

  135. Jim Cord says:

    Clarinda: I am so sorry to hear of Don”s death … just can”t believe it! Don and I were very good friends (as you know) through our years at Milligan. You can”t be a guy”s roommate for four years without developing a strong friendship …and you sure can”t continue to be roommates unless you get along pretty good together! There are so many wonderful memories … and many of them from the days of sharing leadership with the Milligan Choir … extended tours with Don as “business director” and me as student director. I will never forget Don”s diligence to his studies. I”d come in late at night from going into town to get a burger and Don would still be sitting at his desk studying. I guess that”s one reason why he graduated “magna cum laude” and I simply graduated … finally! And then to think that my roommate became the President of the institution! I have always been proud of Don and the accomplishments he enabled at Milligan. Milligan has become such a strong school and a witness to the Christian faith and I know that Don has been largely responsible for that progress. I loved the guy, even though we didn”t communicate a lot after graduating. Our paths just went in different directions, but it was always good to see him when we had the opportunity and our friendship picked up right where it had left off. Clarinda, I know you were the love of Don”s life. I”ll always remember how you won his heart and how much he loved you. God bless you and your family. And just continue to remember what I know that Don believed … that we can never be separated from our loved ones … only physically, but never spiritually, and that death just leads us into another more wonderful phase of life. You”ll always feel his presence, I know. Please accept my deepest sympathies for I know this hurts, but always, as Don believed, preached, and lived, lay claim to the promise of eternal life offered through our Savior … and Don”s Savior, Jesus Christ. My best to you and my prayers are with you. Jim Cord

  136. Jim Schneider says:

    Clarinda and family,
    Deepest condolences on the passing of Dr. Jeanes. He was one of the kindest, most genuine people I have ever met and was a huge blessing to the Milligan family. His legacy will be far reaching and not soon forgotten. Milligan has lost a warrior but the Lord has gained a great one.
    Jim Schneider

  137. Robin Soendlin says:

    My favorite memory of Don Jeanes happened I think his first year as our new President of Milligan College. The electricity was out all over campus due to a snow storm, and many students had gone home. The rest of us that stayed behind were invited down to the SUB for warm food, and I remember walking in and seeing Don and Clarinda in the kitchen, aprons on, working over large, steaming pots , ladling out bowls of soup and cups of hot cocoa. I remember thinking “Wow, what an impression to make – this guy is really hands-on and wants to be involved.” What a true statement – what a remarkable person, and what a legacy. My prayers and condolences to Clarinda, Amy, Brad, and the rest of the Jeanes family.

    • Bethany Francis says:

      I have a very similar memory, except I was behind the counter with them. The head of food service could not get back to campus so only a few of us to feed the hundred or so people left. As Tom and I were running around trying to figure out what to do in walk Don and Clarinda, For the next four days the president of the college and his wife did whatever this little nothing special sophomore said AND ripped a new to anyone who became ill-tempered or lost patience with the situation. That to say nothing of the Bible studies in their home and private words of encouragement Dr. Jeanes had for me as I struggled across the stage on my crutches at graduation. He will be long remember by the countless lives he touched.

  138. Wayne and MaryAnne Walls says:

    We are shocked and saddend at the passing of Don Jeanes. We have followed his reign as President of Milligan through the Milligan news and felt so proud of him and Clarinda. They both have accomplished so much and what wonderful role models they have been for the students at Milligan. Our hearts grieve for the family and our college. May God surround his family with love and support during this trying time in their lives.

  139. Tim Smith says:

    I can only think that God had a very important job for him to do and He needed Don to get started now. I”m sure he will do it in outstanding fashion.

  140. Dan and Linda Lawson says:

    It is with great sadness that we say farewell to our friend and co-worker. Linda has enjoyed working over two decades with Don. She attended Milligan at the same time as Don and Clarinda and was a suite mate to Clarinda. Dan went to Emmanuel at the same time with Don and has enjoyed a wonderful working relationship with him at Emmanuel. Don served on Emmanuel”s board and always had a heart for Emmanuel. We love you, Clarinda, and share in your grief. May the Peace of Christ be with you.

  141. Keith Glover says:

    Dr. Jeanes was one of the finest Christian men and leaders I”ve ever known. My prayers and thoughts will be with his immediate family and the entire Milligan family during this time.

  142. Ron and Bertie Dougherty says:

    Clarinda, what a shock to log onto the Milligan web site and find that Don has passed. We offer our deepest sympathies. What a difference, and what wonderful team the two of you made at Milligan. May God bless you during this trying time.

  143. Tom Windram says:

    Let”s join with Clarinda today at 12:15 to celebrate the accomplished life of her husband and our fellow alumnus. We are fortunate and grateful to have had Don leading Milligan”s path for many years and our alma mater is greatly improved because of his dedicated service.

  144. I”m very sorry to hear of your loss… Dr. Jeanes was always very kind to me, and I appreciated how he went out of his way to say hello around campus and even took time to come to my senior photography show. I know he will be missed by many people. It is comforting to know that, while we mourn, we don”t mourn as those who have no hope – and we”ll see him again one day. My prayers are with his family and friends during this sad time.

  145. Rick & Tammy Gray says:

    What a Christian role model that Don has been to all of us. Our prayers will be with the entire Jeanes family.

  146. David Brown says:

    Dr Don Jeanes will be miss, but I know he”s in Heaven right now. My heart, thoughts and prayers goes out to Clarinda, Amy and the grandkids. Dr Don Jeanes was a great blessing to Milligan College and our community. My deepest sympathies goes out to Clarinda, Family and Milligan Community.

  147. Lottie Ryans says:

    There are people whose presence leaves a permanent mark on all they touch. Don was one of those people. His work at First Christian and then at Milligan left a tremendous legacy in our region. His humble spirit, yet powerful and Godly presence will long be remembered. In many ways, we should not be sad, because we know where he is and we can see him again.

    God bless the Jeanes family and the Milligan Community.

  148. Rich and Debbie Burton '73 says:

    Clarinda and family,
    Please know y”all are being lifted up in our prayers. Clarinda, I will never forget how congenial you and Don were to me when I came to Milligan under stressful circumstances. You both opened your home, your arms and your hearts to me just like I was family (Milligan family). I will never forget your warm sincere hospitality. We hurt for your loss, yet we rejoice with the angels knowing Don is at peace and his eternal salvation is secure. God bless you as you forge ahead. In His love,

  149. Ben Hedgspeth says:

    To Clarinda, Amy and the the rest of the family, the Hedgspeth family and Shively Christian Church extend our deepest sympathies to you and those close to you. We all appreciate what a great impact Dr. Jeanes had in our lives, in the life of the College and in turn on the world through his ministry for God and in his roles at Milligan. What a great legacy in Christ he has left, and while we all mourn with you now, we also rejoice for the work Christ did through him, and has now brought to completion in him. What a blessing to have His comfort in times like this…
    May God bless you and keep you, may His comforting hand uphold you and bring you peace through His Spirit and through the words and actions of His children in the hours to come.

  150. Kay Eaton says:

    My husband, Bill, and I were Don”s team leaders the year he was a freshman and we jokingly like to think we were influential in those early years of him eventually becoming President. Our memories of him are all good. He was a gentleman even back then and his legacy touches hundreds of lives.

  151. What an amazing leader and friend. Don was fearless! If the project was Godly and made sense for Milligan, he”d find a way to get it done. We were all blessed by his vision and courage… and will continue to be…

  152. Bill Griffin says:

    Clarinda, what fond memories Trish and I have of the times we spent together–on the campus at Milligan as well as other campuses and venues as we enjoyed the presidents” meetings together. Our prayers are with you and your family at this time. Bill

  153. Steve Everroad says:

    “How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty.” Psalm 84:1

  154. Lizz Mele says:

    I remember President Jeanes having a great sense of humor. On one wonderful Wednesday, we played Hollywood Squares in the front library windows and he played George Bush Sr. and nailed it! He will be missed!

  155. Steve Burwick says:

    I am so sorry to hear this news! My sympathy to dear Clarinda and family. Don was a great man, and I am extremely honored to have known him and proud to have received my degree from his hand on the Seeger Chapel stage in May 2005.
    Please understand that this is difficult to write, notonly because of my sadness, but I”m currenly under tge influence of anti-seizure medicine. I am awaiting a biopsy for a brain tumor after having a major seizue last week. I am totally trusting the Lord to see me though this trial, and am also trusting Him to bring you though this tme of sadness.

  156. Marsha Elliott says:

    No words can say how you feel the loss. I love ayou and am praying for you.
    Don was a good guy and trustworthy. My strongest memory with Don was when we went to Bristol, TN to see Dr. Shivago. We had time to talk and share all the way there and back. I didn”t like the movie, but I had such a pleasant time with Don. Today, he is dancing on streets of gold with his loved ones who have gone before and His wonderful Savior Whom He worked to let everyone possible know of His love and salvation for them. I”m certain he heard, “Welcome home, thou good, and faithful servant!” We love you and will miss you, but look forward to having you greet us at the pearl gate as we enter into the joy of our salvation, also.

  157. Marty Young says:

    I first want to offer my deepest sympathies for your loss. You and Don are two of my favorite people, even though my travels west took me far from you all & Tennessee”s fair eastern mountain. From our years together on campus as underclassmen, Don always showed a graciousness & genuineness that made him easy to like & appreciate.
    From the time of his appointment, Don”s leadership of my alma mater, made me proud to say I was from Milligan. The strides made during his tenure were remarkable.
    Know my prayers are with you as thousands of others will convey likewise over the next days & weeks. By contrast his impact & influence on Milligan will extend for years and decades.
    His faith is now his sight. God”s promises are now his reality. Draw comfort from that. Many of us join you in mourning and in lifting you in prayer.
    Marty Young,
    Vernal, UT
    Class of ”69

  158. Richard Emerson and Eileen Joanne Hayes says:

    We send our condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Jeanes.

  159. Edwin and Maria Jacobs says:

    We are very sorry to hear of Dr. Jeanes death. Our prayers are with you.

  160. Lyndsey Jolley says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Dr. Jeanes was a great blessing at Milligan and in our community. I was a student at Milligan for both my undergrad and my first master”s degree and was deeply encouraged and impacted by my time there. I pray for encouragement and comfort in this season.

    Lyndsey Jolley

  161. Laura Lepley-Kesner says:

    My prayers go out to the Jeanes Family. I was very sad to hear this news and I have very fond memories of Dr. Jeanes. He always took the time to talk to the students and always had a smile on his face. One of my favorite memories was of him playing the part of George W. Bush, Sr. during one of our Wonderful Wednesday events. I also remember him traveling with us when I was a part of “Heritage”. He will be missed.

  162. Andy and Lisa Bratton says:

    Clarinda, we are so sorry for your loss. Lisa and I fondly remember our days in Johnson City attending church with you and Don. You were so kind to us inviting us to dinner for Easter and having us in your home. Both you and Don have had a wonderful influence on the Milligan campus. We know he is with his Heavenly Father and that he wouldn”t want to come back, but he will be missed by all. We will pray for you and Amy that God will comfort and strengthen you during this time.

  163. Dr. Jeanes was a role model and a mentor to many in the Milligan community. I can remember spending many wonderful evenings at his house when we were in a small group together. His passing is a great loss and my heart goes out to Clarinda and Amy.