On Saturday, Aug. 17th, 2019, Donald Thomas Koch (“Donnie”) passed away at age 64 in Palm Springs.
Donnie was born on Oct. 27th, 1954, at Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix, Arizona, to Lawrence and Lorene (“Renie”) Koch.
Donnie was a naturally talented “lefty” and accomplished at everything he put his mind to. In his early years, he played a mean guitar and was an excellent bowler, a very good skier and a fearless dirt bike rider. In his later years, Don became an avid reader and he actively voiced his views on issues of concern to many, for example, politics, gun control, animal cruelty and the environment. He had a big voice and a bigger heart. We will miss his infectious laughter, his smile, his beautiful thick head of red hair and most of all his abundant gift of conversation. He truly never met a stranger.
Donnie’s passing reminds us all what it means to live a successful life. Despite many challenges in his personal life, his legacy is the many valuable lessons we can learn from how he lived his own life, among them: always keep a positive outlook on life, be loyal to family and friends and be compassionate to others.
Those who knew Donnie will know how much he loved his family and friends. We have all lost a dearest friend who was loved very much, and we will cherish his memory forever. Once you met him he was unforgettable.
Donnie was preceded in death by his loving parents, Lawrence and Renie, and is survived by his son, Jesse, granddaughters Patty and Mary, brothers Ron, Rich, Mike and Dave, a much-loved aunt, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, sisters-in-law, friends and his devoted feline friend, Boots.
A celebration of Donnie’s life with a potluck dinner to follow will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 17th, 2019, at 5:45 p.m. at the Integratron, 2477 Belfield Blvd, Landers, CA 92285.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to his favorite charities: Doctors Without Borders and the ASPCA: American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.