Donald, lovingly known as Donnie by those close to him, was born and raised in Brazil, Indiana. He graduated from Clay City High School in 1989. That same year, he enlisted in the Army National Guard, where during his five years of service he earned multiple awards for his marksmanship and impeccable uniform detail.
Donnie married his high school sweetheart, Rachel, in the late summer of 1990. The couple settled close to their roots and were overjoyed to welcome their first daughter, Natalie, in 1999. Two years later they were blessed with fraternal twins, Kyle and Lindsay.
Continuing his desire to serve, Donnie joined Owen Valley Fire Territory as a volunteer firefighter. Over the course of 23 years, he completed thousands of hours of training, earning certificates in HAZMAT, extrication, and NIMS. Donnie supported the growth of the department into becoming paid personnel, which decreased response times, saving countless structures and lives. Donnie was proud to teach new recruits everything he could, ensuring the next generations will thrive. Donnie rose to the rank of captain, which is where his memory lies.
Donnie devoted his life to the support and pride of his children. Every swim meet and choir performance had him in the front row cheering in his booming voice. He enjoyed assisting his son in preparing his uniform to the highest standard for Junior ROTC.
Donnie so proudly answered his final call for service in the early morning hours of January 18, 2022. He is incredibly mourned and missed by all he loved. His service to the state of Indiana is felt to this day.
“One can only live by helping others,” is the motto that best reflects his life.