Donald Royce Jarboe

April 22, 1964 - October 22, 2017
Donald Royce Jarboe

Donald Royce Jarboe, age 53 of Wilmington and Shallotte, North Carolina, passed away unexpectedly in Wilmington on October 22, 2017.

Don was born April 22, 1964 in Monterey, California to Donald Joseph and Peggy (Helms) Jarboe.  He grew up a child of a Lutheran pastor, and he and his family had the opportunity to live in many different places including Maryland, Indiana, Illinois and North Carolina. After graduating from Warren Academy in Warrenton, North Carolina, Don attended Lenoir-Rhyne College, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1986.   He worked for several years as an EMG technician and then as a registered polysomnographic technologist for Frye Regional Medical Center, before returning to school to pursue a BS in Physical Therapy, graduating from East Carolina University in 1992.

It is through the field of physical therapy that Don found his niche. He helped many people overcome physical obstacles and pain through his knowledge and skill.   He was the owner of Port City Physical Therapy in The Cotton Exchange in downtown Wilmington.   He was constantly in the pursuit of knowledge and attended graduate programs in St. Michael’s Seminary, as well as Arizona School of Health Science at A.T. Still University,  where he was pursing his transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.   He was a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist for 17 years. He became a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists in 2016.

The joys of his life were his two sons, Matthew Colm Jarboe and Andrew Eoin Jarboe.  Don liked to do nothing better in his free time than to be in the presence of his sons.  Matt and Drew have many fond memories of their Dad listening to music, watching fireworks and movies, canoeing at Greenfield Lake, and finding shells and fossils on our wonderful local beaches together.

Don is survived by his sons Matthew and Andrew, their mother Kara Morris Jarboe, his mother Peggy Helms Jarboe, his brothers William Jarboe and Mark Jarboe (Sarah), and his sisters Rachael Jarboe and Rebekah Jarboe.  He is also survived by three special nephews: Alec, Brendan and Nicholas.

Visitation will be at Wilmington Funeral and Cremation Friday November 3, 2017 from 6 pm to 8 pm.  A funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday November 4, 2017 at 11 am at the Church of St. Peter the Fisherman Charismatic Episcopal Church, 314 South Carolina Ave. Wilmington 28401.

In memory of Don, donations can be made to the Early Bread Ministry, Church of St. Peter the Fisherman.   This ministry to the homeless, that includes feeding and clothing those in need in our community, was very close to Don’s heart.

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  • October 28, 2017
    Wes clewis says:
    BROTHER DON YOU WERE A GOOD MAN!WHEN MY POPS PASSED AWAY YOU WERE RIGHT THERE FOR ME EVERY STEP OF THE WAY!I KNOW THAT OUR AMAZING GOD PUT YOU RIGHT THERE TO HELP ME WALK THROUGH THE PAIN,SUFFERING, CONFUSION, HEARTACHE,CRYING,AND LAUGHING!YOU WERE THERE AT MY LOWES AND AT MY HIGHS!YOU WRAPPED YOUR ARMS AROUND ME AND GAVE ME COMFORT WHEN I NEEDED IT MOST!I CAN'T EVEN EXPLAIN THE MAGNITUDE OF HOW THANKFUL I WAS TO HAVE YOU!!!MAY OUR LORD'S FACE SHINE UPON YOU MY BROTHER AND I KNOW THAT JESUS WILL TAKE GOOD CARE CARE OF YOUR FAMILY!YOUR FAMILY IS AMAZING BROTHER DON!!!TIL WE MEET AGAIN IN GLORY!!!

  • October 28, 2017
    Ruth Gritzmacher Williams says:
    I can not tell how many times I think about Don and his presence in my walk as a Physical Therapist Assistant. When I first moved to Wilmington, I was able to attend an APTA and NCPTA conference with Don and Kara. I have memories of attending bible studies and listening to special guest speakers at Don's church with him. I have thought of him often as I remember how quickly he was able to reduce my back and shoulder pain with manual therapy so I could go backpacking that night after work. He loved to learn, to debate, and to share his knowledge. Thank you, Jesus, for sharing Don with us.

  • October 28, 2017
    Sacramenta Landrum says:
    To the family and friends of Donald please accept my deepest condolences. You will be reunited with him again right here on a brand new Paradise Earth under Jesus Christ Kingdom rule that you pray to come in the Lord's Prayer no more sickness pain or death Life Without End Revelation 21:1-4 jw.org.

  • October 29, 2017
    Glynda Paternotte says:
    Don was a brilliant man, a healer, and a wonderful story teller. I first met Don when both of us were employed by NHRMC and he made my work station ergonomically correct. He fixed my tennis elbow and my recurring neck and upper back problems, all the time telling me stories of his life and discussing current events. I didn't hesitate to drive an hour each way to see him. I was comfortable with Don as a professional and felt that he was my friend. You passed too soon.

  • October 31, 2017
    Becki Hearl says:
    To Don's Family and Friends, so sorry to hear of your loss! Don was a dedicated PT and served our community and will be missed. Prayer and thoughts to you all. With sincerest sympathy.