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OBITUARY

Donald Wayne Garland III

September 5, 1990September 2, 2019

Donny passed away peacefully on September 2, 2019 at 1:33p.m. in his home in Cary, NC. He was surrounded by many that love him.

Donny was born September 5, 1990 in Fairfax, VA to his mother, Laurie Foren Scarth and father, Donald Garland Jr. Donny was a beautiful blessing to all who knew him. He literally would light up a room with his presence and smile. He was a fun, kind, and compassionate young man who loved people and didn’t know a stranger. He was strong, courageous, and loyal to a fault and loved his family and friends immensely. He truly loved life, had a great sense of humor, and appreciated everything he was blessed with.

Donny was a smart & artistic young man. He didn’t have to study to get good grades like most. He had some college credits, but was currently working as a painter and carpenter for his stepfather’s home improvement company. He was known for his work ethic and commitment to every project he was involved in. His freehand drawing ability was an amazing natural talent and he had recently been talking about pursuing some type of career that would develop and utilize his ability in this area.

Donny was also very athletic and enjoyed watching and playing sports. As a child he participated in numerous sports (soccer, basketball, & baseball) teams through his church, the YMCA, and DreamSports Center. He embraced being part of a team. In middle school and as a young teen he still enjoyed playing sports recreationally, but fell in love with skateboarding. He was also a certified TaeKwonDo black belt. In recent years he continued to enjoy being active physically and took up water sports such as surfing, water skiing, and fishing. He welcomed new adventures and was always eager to learn something new.

Donny was musically talented and participated in a band with friends where he sang and wrote lyrics to new songs they were creating. They had performed at a few venues in Raleigh and enjoyed that success.

Most importantly, Donny had his strong faith in God that he leaned on, particularly during difficult times. Donny accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior at age 8. He was such a consciences child and somewhat of a perfectionist that he felt the need to repeat his prayer of salvation a few times just to make sure he said everything exactly the way he wanted. He didn’t want to forget anything even though he was reassured repeatedly that from the moment he believed and desired to be saved his name was written in ‘The Lambs Book of Life’. As a child he participated in AWANA, and once a young teen he participated in youth group and had many friends. He even volunteered one summer to help with the younger children at Bible School. The children adored him! Throughout his life his faith in God was apparent to those who were close to him. We have great comfort knowing he is with his Lord and Savior in heaven celebrating his new wholeness physically and praising the God of his salvation. We will look forward to being reunited again one day. Donny was truly a light in this world that was taken from us all too soon and he will be missed more than words can express!

He is lovingly remembered by his mother & stepfather, Laurie & William Scarth; father, Donald Garland Jr.; sister, Brittany Lynn Bolus; brothers, Tyler Wayne Deem & Joseph Allen Garland; step-brothers, Dylan Alexander Scarth & William Lee Scarth; grandparents, Wayne & Marge Foren; and grandmother, Lillie Louise Jones.

A private “Celebration of Life” Service will be planned for a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions in honor of Donny to one or both non-profit organizations below:

The Brain Injury Foundation (Because it actually is a matter of life and death)

Send check or money order to:

P.O. Box 100

Merion Station, PA 19066

URL: braininjuryfoundation.org

Herren Project (Together, we can support, inspire and empower those affected by substance use disorder)

Send check or money order to:

PO Box 131

Portsmouth, RI 02871

URL: herrenproject.org

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Tyler Deem

September 12, 2019

Anyone who has met Donny knows that he is a man of character. He had a charisma to him that shined up every room he'd walk into whether it was for work or being at a family gathering. A man of few words but the words he would speak were almost entirely out of the goodness of his heart to make someone laugh or feel a sense of enjoyment, a class clown. This was never a bad trait, in fact it would increase every aspect of the joy you felt around him, and is what made him so unique... Donny was unique and that is one thing nobody can forget about him. The likeability that seeped through everything he'd say, the actions of someone always wanting to do good even if he would make mistakes, but imperfections show you an honest person.

In retrospect, Donny was a victim, and even through his darkest of moments, you could always tell he was trying his best. Listening to every word you would say, no matter what it was about. Taking advice seriously even if he would go against it due to being a victim to everything that happened in his life. Through all that though Donny has always had an effect on everyone's lives as a listener, as a friend, a family member, and even his musical talent which was shown in all areas. A very artistic person.

There's no way to describe someone's life in a sentence but since we are all limited to 2000 characters might as well take a shot.

Everything Donny has been through he would take the blame for, he would take the fall for, but we all know he was a victim even if he would never admit to that. True accountability and true selflessness.

Everyone can learn something from Donny, from his mistakes to his amazing traits. Donny wouldn't want people to mourn (even if all will) , he would want people to try and better their life, or someone else's in memory of him. Don't take your life for granted, Donny never did, and he knew better than anyone that death is just another part of life. Love you big bro!

William Scarth

September 11, 2019

Donny, when I first met you in 2008, I liked you right away! I remember you going water skiing with me and my son's and how much fun we had! I had no idea that you would become my son the next year! You were so happy and full of life! I enjoyed all of our fishing, camping, family events, and working together! You were a wonderful son! You loved family, music, skateboarding, surfboarding, camping, fishing, and just hanging out.

I have been so blessed to have you as my stepson!

I'm sad that you had to leave us so soon, but I celebrate your homecoming with Jesus in Heaven!

I will miss you, but I look forward to seeing you again when I get to Heaven!

I love you!

Laurie Scarth

September 9, 2019

Marge Foren

September 8, 2019

Donny you are my first grandson. You made me a grammy. A role that I love. You were a handsome baby, had your Mom's dimple in your chin and a very laid back, happy personality.

I remember your first little toddler car. You loved it and rode it everywhere you could. When asked "where are you going Donny"? you would answer "I'm goin ta church". That made me happy. Still makes me smile.

As a little boy you loved playing all kinds of sports and bike riding. Your grandfather and I enjoyed driving to NC at the time to attend your games. You made us feel very proud. I have many memories of holidays and sometimes birthdays that were spent at grammy's house. You played with your sister, brother and cousins. They always looked up to you with great admiration.

When you entered the teen years you took an interest in skateboarding. One summer during your visit to grammy's house you turned the front porch and back yard into a skate park with scary ramps designed by you. You always brought lots of fun to everything you did.

Your grandfather and I will cherish the young adult years when you would stop in to visit from time to time. We'd have long talks and just discuss life and how it was going. You liked to cook for us. Your specialty was salmon. It was very good. You were a good cook.

We are heartbroken that you are no longer with us on this earth. It is a great comfort that we know where you are. We know that you have a new whole body and are happier than you have ever been. We look forward to being with you one day in heaven with our heavenly father.

We love you, Donny.

Grammy and Grampy XO

Brittany Bolus

September 8, 2019

Donny, what a joy & blessing it is to be your sister! I will always be your sister and you my big brother. You’re a part of my everyday in memory & love. You could always make me laugh and had a way of making me feel like I was doing things right. Our memories together will always be something I talk about and share with others. They’ll always put a smile on my face. From you ‘rescuing’ me at the water park, chasing me in the snow with my diaper on, always looking out for me and making sure I was okay, just so many memories I will cherish forever. Your smile and laugh are some of the many things I’ll miss the most. Can’t wait to hear it again. Always in my heart, I love you Donny! ❤️

Laurie Scarth

September 7, 2019

Posted on FaceBook Wednesday, September 4th.

Renee Becker

September 6, 2019

Laurie and family, I only met Donny at the hospital but my sons knew him. When I saw him, I instantly knew that he was a warrior and that God had a plan for him. I will never understand why things happen the way they do but I have faith that Donny is in the loving arms of Jesus and at peace. The grief and pain are only softened knowing that he is has everlasting life. Please know that so many people are lifting all of you up in prayer and remembering your special, amazing son. Shine on Donny, rest in peace!

Joseph Garland

September 6, 2019

Donny, I was first told that I had an older brother on the day I turn 13. Never did I think that it would change my life for the better and you’d be leave such an impact on my life. We first talked on Facebook which lead to us going to the Richmond race to meet for the first time. We instantly hit it off like we’d known each other for our whole lives. From then on out whenever we were together it was all laughs and smiles. You were one of the first people I told I was joining the army. You were all about it and pushed me to do it. I love you Donny, my heart breaks not only for myself, but our father and your mother. Rest In Peace bro I’ll see you again one day.

Laurie Scarth

September 6, 2019

Mary Ellen Genovesi

September 5, 2019

We met Donnie when he and his family were our neighbor for a few years on Thamesford Way. Donnie was always cheerful, friendly and respectful. We were impressed with him right from the start. Our prayers and condolences go out to Donnie's family. Keep him close to your heart and know that he is always with you.

FROM THE FAMILY