Honoring Donald D. Reece (Lebanon)

Donald Dean Reece, son of Harold and Neoma Ruth Gregg Reece, was born January 31, 1951, in Santa Barbara, California. He departed this life Wednesday, March 30, 2022, in Mercy Hospital, in Springfield, Missouri, at the age of seventy-one years.

Donald was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and a caring friend. We celebrate his life and know that his family will hold tight to all the special memories he shared with them during his lifetime.

Raised in California and a graduate of Santa Ynez High School, Donald lived a fulfilling life that spanned from working for the forest service, enlisting and serving in the military, and retiring as a Ranch Cowboy. 

Upon graduating from high school, Donald began working for the forest service until entering the military. He served his country faithfully in the United States Air Force for several years. He returned to the forest service for a time before becoming a Ranch Cowboy for Rancho San Fernando Rey for almost ten years. He worked in construction for a while but his passion to ranch returned and he worked for over twenty-six years at Triangle G Ranch. 

Anyone who knew Donald knows that his favorite place was in the saddle and his favorite people were family. In his spare time he enjoyed gardening, fishing, and roping. He never met a stranger, and he had a life lesson for anyone who wanted to listen. A proud Veteran, he centered his life around his family and especially enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchild. 

A Cowboy’s Prayer

Lord, I reckon I am not much just by myself, I fail to do a lot of things I ought to do. But Lord, when trails are steep and passes high, help me ride it straight the whole way through. And when in the falling dusk I get that final call, I do not care how many flowers they send. Above all else, the happiest trail would be for you to say to me, “let’s ride, my friend”.