Donald Edward Lowe

Sep 17, 1956 - Jan 8, 2022


Loving father, brother, and son, Donald “Don” Lowe enjoyed a life of joy surrounded by those who loved him. Spending over 30 years of managing the produce department of major grocery stores, Donald spent much of his free time teaching young kids and adults the art of Judo. After obtaining the level of black belt, Donald gave back to the sport by volunteering as a referee, becoming a Sensei for the younger generation, and coordinating many Judo tournaments in California. Don’s other passion was going to a casino with close friends and family. He enjoyed fun times and laughter while gaming in Reno, eating crab at the seafood buffets, going to shows and the rib festival. In June of 2021, Don was diagnosed with Glioblastoma (brain cancer) and had to curtail many of his activities as he courageously endured surgery and medication to fight back. Toward the end, Don was cared for around the clock by his sons Evan and Dannon, his ex-wife Amy and her husband David. Don lost his battle at home after 7 months, surrounded by his family.

The family would like to sincerely thank the Sutter Hospice, as well as his medical team from UC Davis and Sutter Medical.

Friends are encouraged to make donations in Don’s name to Sacramento Judo Club.


  • shelley carter says:

    My heartfelt sympathies are with all of you at this time.
    May you draw on fond memories to bring you peace and comfort.

    I have had the pleasure of meeting Don a couple of times over the years. His legacy lives on in his sons, outstanding young men, Evan and Dannon. I’m sure he was very proud of the men they have become. Their dedication to Don was heartwarming. He was so fortunate to be cared for by such a loving extended family. May he rest in peace .


  • Ben Nozuka says:

    Don, I will see you in the after life and we will soar the skies like we use to. Until then I will keep you in my heart as I do Shauna. So sorry.

  • Diane Rhonemus says:

    Sending my condolences to all of Donald’s family. He was an all-around good guy. Would make great tamales for Christmas and so generous with his time and talents. Many happy memories growing up across the street in Stockton with the Lowes.

  • Bruce Lee says:

    My condolences go out to the Lowes. Donald will be miss he was a good friend and cousin. I will remember all the chats we had at the grocery store. My heart goes out to his family, his sister, brother and Mom.

  • Connie Mah says:

    I am so sorry to Donald’s family for their loss. I hope that he will live on in your memories of him. May his soul rest peacefully from his body’s weary fight on Earth. You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. It’s been a few years since I’ve seen Donald but he was a genuinely good guy and will be sorely missed.

  • Larry and Kathy Wan says:

    So sad to hear. Our prayers and thought are with the family and close friends. I’ll always remember Donald’s unique laugh and sense of humor.
    With love to the family,
    Larry and Kathy Wan

  • Randy Lee says:

    My condolences with heart-felt thoughts and prayers to the family and to Auntie. Don we had fun times growing up as kids, teens and young adults. You will be sorely missed.
    Warmest Aloha,
    Randy and Colleen Lee

  • Jaymond /Patti Young says:

    Our sincerest condolences and deepest sympathy to your family. Many caring thoughts are with everyone. As an older cousin, I remember his constant “smile” and his caring personality. Donald Rest In Peace, you will always be in our thoughts. Love, Jaymond, Patti, Kristin Young

  • Ferd Tihista, Marisa H & Savannah W says:

    We are very sad to hear of Don’s passing. He was such a nice man! He will be very missed!!
    Your friend & Judo family!

  • Gloria Nomura says:

    Condolences to Don’s family. Gond remembrances of him as a student at Edison. He is truly at peace…no suffering , no pain

  • Penny, Matthew, and Jonathan Harrison says:

    Dear Auntie Jean and Family,
    We love you all!
    Donald’s friendly personality, love for his sons and family, and ongoing activities with his sons, family and friends will always be remembered and cherished.

    His classes and helping others speak to his caring for others and helping students in pursuing their interests and skills!

    Thank you for giving us your love Cousin Donald! We love you! We love you Auntie Jean and Family.!

  • Lindy Lovell says:

    Auntie Jean and family, My heart goes out to you. While I haven’t seen Donald for a long time I do remember him and his smile. Sending hugs and love.

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