The Tiger says goodbye
This article originally appeared in The Tiger on August 28, 2009 | PRINT

This past week, the Clemson community lost a great student and friend. Donovan Xavier Jones brought a smile to everyone’s face, usually because there was always one on his own.

Several groups can claim Donovan as a member and an asset to their organization — Study Abroad, Leadershape, Programs for Education Enrichment and Retention (PEER), TAPS, The Tiger and the National Scholars Program. No one spent more time or put more honest effort into his future like Donovan did.

We know Donovan from his involvement in Student Media, starting with the Opinions staff as a freshman and eventually in his role as our business manager. While his dedication was unsurpassable, his motivation to give 100 percent was clear with every task he took on, and his contribution will not be forgotten. With what Donovan did for The Tiger, it can only be assumed he did the same — if not more — for every group he was a part of.

He influenced so many and accomplished so much in such a short time. Each group on campus lost a vital member and Clemson University lost a true leader. Donovan’s huge potential won’t be fully realized and in that the world lost one of the most dedicated, compassionate and good people ever.

But most importantly, Donovan was an exceptional friend and a brilliant example to everyone he knew. Never did he speak ill of anyone, and it would have been impossible not to do the same of him. His optimism and genuine interest in others was no less obvious than the smile he seemed to always carry on his face. Donovan meant something to everyone who knew him and we consider ourselves truly privileged to be among those who know him.

Here we say goodbye to Donovan, in the section where he got his start as a part of our staff. We will never forget his enthusiasm for The Tiger and how he brightened up the office with his presence. Donovan will be truly missed but never forgotten.

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