David Lawrence Donnini, formerly of Wellington, 51: Nov. 16, 1964 – April 27, 2016

first_imgDavid DonniniDavid Lawrence Donnini, formerly of Wellington, died unexpectedly and peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 in Wichita at the age of 51 due to an undiagnosed heart condition.David was born the son of Faust L. “Denny” Donnini and Elnora Martin Donnini on Monday, November 16, 1964 in Las Cruces, New Mexico where the family lived until 1976, then making their home in Wellington.David graduated from Wellington High School and attended Kansas State University. He attained professional success that allowed him to travel and live in several states and Canada. He was currently employed at Cessna Aircraft in Wichita. David achieved a long, multifaceted career as a Planner, Designer, N/C Programmer, and Operations Manager in the North American Aerospace industry. Nearly every commercial, business, and military aircraft currently flying contains parts produced by his programs. As a colleague, David was always one of the first to come to the aid of another programmer or coworker. His eagerness to tackle any problem proved to be contagious and he was often the catalyst in meeting many tight schedules or solving seemingly insurmountable problems. David was also one of the best “MacGyver’s” in the industry due to his out-of-the-box mindset. Many of his innovations have become standard operating procedures in the realm of high speed machining. His humor, enthusiasm, and camaraderie will be greatly missed, as will hearing him ask his favorite question, “What do you do?” David was highly respected by his peers and his passing will leave a huge void in the industry.Outside of work, David turned his attention to nature with a passion that began as a young boy hunting in the mountains of southern New Mexico with family friend, Pat Barncastle. Friends say he had an uncanny ability to call a turkey and get it to turn toward him, making for many smiles and much awe. Some of David’s happiest times were spent simply with a fishing pole in the water, tuning a bow, walking the fields with his hunting buddies, watching the sun wake up the world in the woods, and winding through the countryside on his Harley-Davidson. David regarded the outdoors as essential to his humanity. He was inspired by nature’s bounty and cherished these experiences.His children were the center of his life and they remember he had so much to offer his family and friends and the world around him and they admired him for so many reasons. They marveled at how he exceled in mathematics and construction and that he could build anything. That he was caring and helpful to others, even strangers, and that he could make new friends easily and treasured many good friendships for decades, which has been evidenced by the outpouring of love and support his family has received from his friends across the country.Survivors include his son, Brian Donnini of Vancouver, Washington; daughter, Sarah Donnini of Jacksonville, Florida; sister, Lisa Donnini Fredline (Brian) of Laingsburg, Michigan; brother, Richard Donnini (Tonia) of Dayton, Ohio and sister, Julia Donnini Laughlin (William) of Choctaw, Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Deborah Ann Donnini.The family expresses their deep gratitude to David’s many friends who have reached out and provided love and support in tribute to their friendship with David, with special appreciation to Dave McKenna, Don Trower and Brad Tobias. A joint family remembrance for David and his beloved mother, Elnora, will be held at a later date in Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Wellington where they will be interred next to Faust L. “Denny” Donnini. There will be a celebration of David’s life held in southern Kansas in July. If you would like to receive an invitation, please send an email to [email protected] carry forward David’s name in a living, vital way contributions can be made in his memory to The Arbor Day Foundation. Each dollar donated plants a tree in one of our nation’s forests. Contributions can be left with the funeral home or mailed to Cornejo|Day Funeral Home & Crematory, 1030 Mission Road, Wellington, KS 67152, or online at “Trees in Memory”,  https://shop.arborday.org/To share a memory or leave condolences online, please visit www.cornejodayfuneralhome.com.Arrangements are by Cornejo|Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.last_img

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