Obituary for Donald Gonzalez
Ponca City Now - February 11, 2020 3:32 pm
Donald Gene Gonzalez
February 26, 1959 – February 8, 2020
Donald Gene Gonzalez, age 60, went to his final resting place on the evening of Saturday, February 8, 2020 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Donald was born on February 26, 1959 in Enid, Oklahoma to Lillian Joyce (Patterson) Gonzalez. He was a proud member of the Tonkawa Tribe of Oklahoma. Donald was raised in Wichita, Kansas before moving to Tonkawa where he attended school and graduated with the class of 1977.
Donald will be remembered for his love of motorcycles, riding wheelies (not to the delight of the local police), and being the barefoot kicker for the Tonkawa Buccaneers. He worked for Shebester Bechtel Oil Well Service before earning his degree in auto mechanics at the Universal Technical Institute in Houston, Texas. Donald was a service writer for the Tonkawa Tribe at the time of his death. He was an ordained elder, pastor at the Church of God Seventh Day in Blackwell, Oklahoma where he honored and observed the Sabbath and Holy Days and through this developed life-long loving friendships. He was an honest man who put faith and family first. The joys of his life were his son, Zane and his daughter, Emily whom he adored. He loved watching them grow and being their dad, sharing in their activities and adventures.
Donald is survived by his wife and partner through this crazy thing we call life, Christi Gonzalez, his son, Zane Gonzalez of Edmond, Oklahoma, his daughter, Emily Gonzalez a student at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, his uncle, Don Patterson and family, his sister, Brenda Warrior and family, brother, Terry Allen, Paula Collins and family, nephews, Shane Gonzalez and Marshall Gonzalez, his best friend and soul brother, Randy Rudd and family, and many other cousins, nieces, nephews, and beloved friends.
Donald was preceded in death by his mother, Joyce Gonzalez, his sister, Melinda Gonzalez, aunts, Barbra Allen and Linda Etzel (mum), sweet cousin, Lanora Wagner, and his best dog, Blue.
Pallbearers will be: Zane Gonzalez, Billy Taylor, Lucius Holloman, Tyler Looper, Josh Woods, Trenton Rudd, Tyler Rudd, and Logan Ryan.
Honorary Pallbearers will be: Randy Rudd, Terry Allen, Jack Woods, Bailey Woods, Donnie Williamson Sr., Donnie Lee Williamson, Tim Hulet, Mark Riley, Tad Murphy, Terrance Hulet, Gus Jacobi, Jon Heddin, Jim Ryan, Jon Stinchcomb, Mike Robinson, Gordon Sanders, Jerry Ailey, and David Ailey.
A funeral ceremony will be held on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at the Tonkawa Tribal Gym. A noon feast will be followed by the funeral ceremony. Donald will be laid to rest at the Tonkawa Tribal Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Trout Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Tonkawa.
Source: Trout Funeral Home