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Obituaries: Summers, Barcenas-Whitten

Donald “Don” Wayne Summers; submitted

Donald “Don” Wayne Summers, 63, of Casper, passed away August 4, 2020 peacefully at home.

Donald was born in December in Cheyenne Wyoming, to his late parents Carol and Dale Summers. He moved with his parents to Casper as a small child and this is where he attended Fort Casper Elementary, Dean Morgan Middle School, and graduated from Natrona County High School. Donald was known for his humor and the love he portrayed to everyone, especially his children.

In Donald’s early years he survived a tragic accident while working for the oilfield that left him with one leg, but he didn’t let that change his outlook on life, he even gave himself the nickname “Woody”. Donald became a man of many trades over the years due to his inquisitiveness and hobbies. Donald’s foremost career was a RV mechanic, later he decided work in the carnival where he retired three years ago. Donald is predeceased by his Mother, Carol Summers, and Father, Dale Summers.

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Surviving is his wife, Johanna Summers; five daughters; Chasity Rigney (Adonis), Marquita Taggart (Brandon), Marie Summers, Fenisha Clark, and Lakadia Summers; 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; three brothers; Kenneth Summers, Thedford Summers, and Glenn Summers. Donald was very much loved and will be missed by all his family and friends. The family of Donald would like to thank Kelly Flynn for the kind and giving care she gave during his time in hospice home care. 

Anyone who knew Donald knows his love for the mountains, which is why he wishes to spend his eternity among the Teton Mountains, so his ashes will be spread at a later date.

A celebration of life will take place on August 15th from 3:00pm to 4:30 pm at an undisclosed location. Those who want to celebrate Don’s life and share stories are encouraged to reach out to his daughter Chasity Marie Rigney to get more information. 

Lydia Joyce Barcenas-Whitten; submitted

Lydia Joyce Barcenas-Whitten was born July 6, 1964 to Nena (Paige) and Alfred Barcenas in Olympia, Washington. Shortly after her birth they moved to New Orleans, Louisiana and then eventually to Maryland with her brothers. When she was 16 she moved to Casper, Wyoming with her mother and step-father Craig Barnum.

Lydia graduated from Natrona County High School in 1982. While attending high school she met Gordon Whitten. They were married November 16, 1985 in Casper, Wyoming. They were blessed with their children; Marilyn in 1988 and Christopher in 1990.

Throughout Lydia’s life, she made many friends and traveled all over the United States. She was loved by many, many people and would help anyone out in any way. She was known as Momma Whitten by her “adopted” children and treated them just like they were her own. She always had a house full of people, a table full of food, and music in the background to dance too. She was an avid volunteer in her children’s activities and sporting event as well as being involved with the Casper Midget Football Association. She will be missed by everyone who loves her.

Lydia was many things throughout her life. She was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church where she taught Catechism classes for many years. She always loved school and eventually received her Master’s Degree in Business Administration and then received a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education. She was a teacher for many years at various schools and also worked in real estate at Equity Brokers for several years.

Lydia died July 24, 2020 from a short battle of stomach carcinoma in Nashville, Tennessee shortly after she made the courageous decision to leave Casper and start a new chapter in her life surrounded by her love of music in Nashville.

Lydia is survived by her children; Marilyn of Casper, Wyoming and Christopher of Nashville, Tennessee, ex-husband Gordon of Dallas, Texas; her mother Nena (Paige) of Nashville, Tennessee; sister Laura (Dee) of Aberdeen, Maryland; bothers John (Danni) of Seattle, Washington; Thomas (Michelle) of Deale, Maryland; David (Marina) of Huntingtown, Maryland; mother in law Audene Whitten of Casper Wyoming; sister in laws Lea of Casper Wyoming and Teha (Chris) of Canton Texas as well as number cousins, nieces, nephews and family friends, especially Leylah and Don Larkin and their children Leah, Shaleyn and Ariana of Evanston, Wyoming who Lydia claimed as her grandchildren. she proceeded in death by her father Alfred Barcenas, step-father Craig Barnum, father in law Bill Whitten, and brother James (Jimmy) Barcenas.

Celebration of Life will be held at the Keg N Cork Pub in Casper , Wyoming on Saturday, August 15, 2020 from 3pm to 5pm. In lieu of flowers, we are asking for donations to be made for the later music festival of local musicians in honor of Lydia Whitten being held after the Celebration of Life at 7pm at the Keg N Cork Pub.

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