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Donavan “Big D” John Leon Taylor, age 38, of Lamar, MO passed unexpectedly at his home, Tuesday, February 18, 2014.

“Big D” was born September 27, 1975 to Jessie Leon Taylor and Deborah Ruth (Shores) Taylor-Blanchard at Kinsley, KS.  He graduated Joplin High School in 1994 and went to Crowder College Truck Driving School.  He had worked for 10 years at O’Sullivan Industries as a forklift driver, was a truck driver for Werner Enterprise Trucking, and most recently was a cook at Tractors BBQ and Grill in Lamar.

“Big D” loved NASCAR racing, WWE Wrestling, and the Kansas City Chiefs Football cooking, hunting and fishing. He was a member of Lamar First Baptist Church.

“Big D” is survived by his father, Jessie Taylor of Lamar, and his step-mother Becky Taylor of Springfield, MO; his mother and step-father, Deborah and Dan Blanchard of Springfield, MO, his fiancé, Irma Neely of Lamar; two sisters and their husbands Mary and Donny Osburn, of Springfield, MO and Kathryn and Patrick Hall of Golden City, MO; a nephew Zack and two nieces, Dallas, and Terrinity. He loved children and was the grandfather to 16 of Irma’s grandchildren and Godfather to three of them; Elisa, Dannon, and Temperance.

“Big D” was preceded in death by his grandparents and a sister, Casandra Lynn Watts in 1999.

A memorial service will be held at 6:00 pm Friday, February 21, 2014 at Sheldon Baptist Church with Rev. Jarod Lamb officiating.

 

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#6 Lamar, MOFrank Brown 2014-02-21 14:21
I have been neighbors with Donavan and Irma for over 6 years. They have been very nice neighbors, I am very sorry that this has happened. My thoughts and prayers go out to Irma, Jessie, and the entirety of his family.

-Frank Brown
#5 Lamar,Mo>Annette Bennett 2014-02-20 15:41
I will miss him greatly.He will always have a special place in My heart,When he was little he was like one of my own kids.I think he felt that way as well,he knew he was always welcome,We reconnected just recently,at church.We greeted one another with a smile and a hug.I feel Like I have lost one of my own,He will always hold a special place in my heart,and in my memories.
#4 Lamar, MoVanessa 2014-02-19 17:35
To all of Donavan's family & friends,
I am so sorry to hear the news about Donavan early this morning. He was a WONDERFUL man!! I worked with Donavan at Thorco & he always kept a smile on my face!! Loved his smile, personality, & he always found a way to make me laugh. He definitely warmed the hearts of so many people & will be greatly missed. Prayers going out to each & everyone of you. God Bless.
#3 LAMAR,MORITA & JERRY 2014-02-19 16:23
WE ARE SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOST.. DONAVAN WILL BE TRUEL'Y MISSED BY ALL.. OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH EACH AND EVERY ONE OF HIS FAMILY.. RITA & JERRY CARRIER
#2 Pryor,OKDiana Antal Watt 2014-02-19 15:18
Sending my condolences in the sudden passing of Donavan. Thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.
#1 Lamar, MOGale 2014-02-19 09:40
Irma and family,
We are so saddened to hear of Donavan's sudden passing. He was such a sweetheart, a real teddy bear. He was a faithful employee of ours when we owned The Blue Top. We will miss his presence and his sweet smile. Our prayers are with you.
In His love,
Tom and Gale Main

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