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Donald "Donnie" Lloyd Wise

13 February, 196123 April, 2021
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It is with a hole in my heart that I announce the passing of my husband Don (Donnie) Wise.

After a very long fight, Donnie peacefully passed away of brain cancer at home on Friday, April 23, 2021 at 7:09 pm, with his family by his side and in his heart. This comes just two months after his 60th birthday diagnosed one month after he retired.

Donnie was loved dearly by so many people including Brenda his wife of 38.5 years, his Mother, Laura; Sisters, Laureen, Juleen and Christeen; Nephews, Randy and Dana; Nieces; Jennifer and Christin and their families.

Donnie was born in Lynwood, California on February 13, 1961 to Donald and Laura Wise. Donnie graduated from Western High School, Anaheim, CA, in 1980, where he played football and basketball. He lived in the same house in Anaheim, California until he was married to Brenda. In 1982.

Donnie was born calm and carried that demeanor throughout his life. He was very caring and quite a mellow guy. Donnie rarely got upset. He had a HUGE heart and would do absolutely anything to help people. Whenever someone needed help, they knew they could always count on him to be there. He gave the BEST and biggest hugs ever!

Some of his favorite things were cars, trucks, planes, sports, mountain biking, NHRA Drag Racing, Top Fuel Hydro boats, Indy cars, football, UCLA, In-n-Out Burger, Disneyland, IPA (especially Tower Station and Devils Ale), and enjoyed hanging out with his family and friends.

Donnie’s work began with Knott’s Berry Farm, he then moved to Nutrilite Products, worked in manufacturing at Newport Corporation, and then a big move from California to Arizona where he worked in the warehouse for Crafco. Prior to retiring, he spent the past 32 years at Garrett/Allied-Signal/Honeywell Aerospace as an Assembly Technician. Here he built mechanical products supporting commercial and military aircraft and helicopters. He was one of those guys who came to work, focused on getting the job done, and was someone you could always count on.

Donnie received the diagnosis of Glioblastoma only two weeks after leaving his 32-year career at Honeywell. With such a strong body and being in such great shape, Donnie fought the disease with all he could and then some. After courageously fighting for 9 months, he made the decision to be comfortable, go on his terms, and spent his last days with family and friends.

The life of a truly amazing man, who was taken MUCH too soon, and will be missed by so many friends, family and acquaintances.

Donnie, we love you always, will miss you greatly, and will carry you in our hearts forever!

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mike maldonado

9 May 2021

Brenda and Family, I was so sorry to hear about Donnie's passing,
I remember him as a super kind person and just a super caring guy,
Our thoughts are with you.

The Maldonado's

Chris Rios

7 May 2021

Don was THE nicest, best person I’ve ever known and when I met Brenda, I saw they were a perfect match. Don played on our work B-Ball team and Brenda and my wife were our best Cheerleaders, never missed a game! Don made me a better person just sitting next to him, his laugh and his demeanor and who he was. My heart is heavy for Brenda and it was much too soon for Don to leave us. This world, for me, is a much less enjoyable place now.

Ed & Cheryl Sink

6 May 2021

Donnie and Brenda are two of the nicest, giving and fun loving folks we know. What a shame Donnie was taken so early. Donnie had a great, dry sense of humor and never said a bad word about anyone. He was also a very talented auto restorer and he and Brenda cherished their projects, as well as the numerous friends they made in the carclubs they belong to. We loved hearing about their many fabulous trips they went on. We'll truly miss Donnie and hope the great memories he and Brenda created will help the entire family get through this. Peace and God Bless.

Darren Hancock

6 May 2021

Really sad news, such a friendly and kind hearted person. Thoughts for Donnie’s family and Brenda.

Steve Naranjo

5 May 2021

I will forever remember Donnie's quiet strength and his big heart. I will remember you always my friend!

Waun Washington

2 May 2021

Brenda, Words cannot express how sorry it is to hear of Don's passing. I believe I spoke to him about a week ago. I kept you guys in my prayers and thought of him often.
You guys are really two of my favorite people. Please let me know if there is anything that I can do for you. It is a honor to have know him and consider him a friend. Again, my condolences.
Waun

Dorothy Mikici

30 April 2021

Dearest Brenda,
It was with such sadness that I heard of Donnie's passing and send you my sincere and deep sympathy. Fred and I always very much enjoyed times with you and Donnie at Mustang club events - we are thankful that we were blessed to know you and parts of your families. How I enjoyed Donnie's great big hugs. He sure made you feel loved!
Your support for me by attending Fred's memorial mass was appreciated more than you know. It was a comfort and joy to see you both there.
Donnie will be greatly missed. His presence added much to all who knew him. I send prayers and love to both of your families and especially to you dear one.
Dorothy Milici

Jeff Lundquist

30 April 2021

I met Donnie and Brenda a few years ago through Bill Fauntleroy, a mutual friend. Over the years we had a lot of really good times, mostly at car shows, but we also got together as a group and went to an Arizona Cardinals football game. When you were around Donnie, his easy going, happy personality always made every event a pleasure to be a part of.

John Vasquez

28 April 2021

What an honor it was for me to have Donnie come to help me install my engine in the Chevy II in his final days. Even in his pain and anguish, he still managed to give his good friend Jeff Wickstrom some quick witting crap in my driveway. I was under the car when I heard his wit back at Jeff and I smiled because I could tell he was comfortable in that environment. He was surrounded by gearhead testosterone. He had the Hydrocarbon Genes in his bones. I was so looking forward for my wife Dana and myself to build a new bond with Brenda and Donnie. I am sad that the full bond wont happen here on Earth, but I look forward to asking him in the Heavenly realm....."Hey Donnie.....know any one with a lift". Rest in Peace Donnie!!!

Carol Christensen Sanchez

28 April 2021

My heart breaks hearing of Don's passing. I am so sorry to all of his family for the loss of such a great guy! Even though I haven't seen him since high school, I remember him while growing up as such a kind and quiet guy! Always a good friend and easy to talk to. I am so so sorry he is gone.. :( Everything that you wrote about him is what I remember. My prayers to all of you.

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