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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by dwj - Donnie, Dec 24, 2017.
Horrible news. Enjoy the moments everyone you never know.
This is quite the shocking news. I have followed Donnie's rides ever since I joined, I have even read I think all of his past rides that are in his profile. I have never met him, only conversed a few times on here, mainly when he had lost his wife. Donnie was living the life that most of us will only dream of. Prayers for his Modesta's family and all that are affected by his passing.
Godspeed to the both of them.
To a life well lived .... I will miss reading of your adventures
I am really bummed to learn of this. Donnie helped me out when choosing a 990...RIP
God bless Donnie and Modesta. Went to Copper Canyon and Mazatlan twice with Donnie. I was on my Dr650 and Donnie on his old KLR. I'll never forget the motel we got near Urique for a hundred pesos one night. Next morning the guy in the next room came out of his room and saddled up his horse and took off. We laughed together..$7.50 for a room with 2 camas and hot water and we split the cost.....$3.25. Awe Mexico. He lost his first wife Sheryl to an accident on his goldwing pulling a bunkhouse trailer. Mary and I wish all the best for Donnies daughter and grandaughter.
We know not the day nor the hour.
It has been several years since I have ridden with Donnie at our KLR rallies. He was fun to hang out with and share stories. Thinking of their families......
Talk about having your heart ripped out to wake and check up on Donnie and Modestas ride and hear this. You will be missed by many. RIP
Just got off the phone with Donnie's brother; Bill. What appears to have happened is the truck was coming off a hill and lost control,after it got on the flats, then it appears it rolled and went into Donnie's lane. Mode passed away at the scene, Donnie passed away at around 5 P.M. at the hospital. Missionary's heard if the accident and rushed to the hospital, they were present when Donnie passed.
The driver does not have insurance. There is an investigation started, the prosecuting attorney is holding on to the motorcycle as evidence. Donnie had contingencies in place for situations like this. His body will be flown directly to Mississippi sometime this week. Modesta's will be flown to Mexico sometime next week......Godspeed
I will update when there is more info.
Palo Alto, California. October
Thx for posting the update buddy.
It's good to hear that things are getting sorted so quickly
Yes, thanks for the inside info, stuff like this is constantly on the mind for a while. Nice picture. RIP.
Que pérdida más grande Dios mío. Todos dos se ven lindas personas. Y tan bien recordados por los conocidos. En paz descansen.
Just heartbreaking! RIP Donnie & Modesta... Godspeed.
I learned so much from his Africa Twin posts and his brilliant ride reports.
RIP Donnie and Modesta. I will certainly miss you
In one of his last posts he thanked God for allowing him to have this latest adventure.A few hours after he was in Gods presence.
From one of Donnie's very last posts; just hours before their accident: (touching)
“Hello! Today our day was very good, we got up early, we went down to breakfast at the hotel/restaurant, so we could continue with our way to Copan. Thank God all the way was very good, with a nice view of lakes, forest and many small towns on the edge of the road. Some roads were being repaired, but it was very well all the way to Copan. Arriving after a while to the town we found a hotel. We changed clothes and went to the ruins of Copan. There are so many archaeological wonders of the Mayans, your mind begins to imagine how they lived. Then you see some beautiful macaws of beautiful colors inside the park. It was a day with a beautiful and magical adventure .. Thank God for allowing us to live another adventure!”
Within hours of this post they lost their lives....make everyday count. He did!
Thanks for the update grynch---been thinking about them every day since I heard the news.....never met them but you feel you know them from being on this great website....this whole thing sucks.......thank you for all you are doing.
Donnie's sister messaged me just now. They are planning on having him back in Mississippi on Wednesday and the funeral will be Thursday or Friday. Arrangements will be made Monday.