Donnie R. Reese

January 17, 1951 — March 14, 2022

Donnie R. Reese

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Donnie R. Reese, 71, of Grayston Road, passed away peacefully Monday, March 14, 2022, at his sister's home in Carlsbad after a long battle with cancer. Donnie was born 3 minutes before his twin sister Donna on January 17, 1951, in Carlsbad to EM and Mollie Reese.

Donnie and his siblings spent a few short years in Carlsbad before moving to Northern California, where they spent most of their childhood fishing, hunting, and camping. Donnie graduated high school in Lincoln at Lincoln High in 1969. In 1970, he served his country in the Army for 9 years, traveling overseas and living in Germany and Hawaii where he loved to skydive, landing in pineapple fields and on busy highways, he always found a way to have fun! The last years in service as a Staff Sergeant were spent in Colorado before moving to Arizona and settling down and meeting the love of his life, Lynette and her son, whom he raised as his own. Donnie and Lynette married in 1982 and had 3 more children, moving back to California where he worked in Construction and as a mechanic. In 1993 he moved his family to Carlsbad, New Mexico where he became a Potash Miner.

Donnie loved drinking coffee with his daughter in the mornings and Yahtzee with the family in the evenings and telling stories about the good ol days to his grandchildren and friends. He had a love for the outdoors and took up any chance to hunt with his best friend Jessica or travel to Zapata, Texas to go fishing on the lake with his sisters and their husbands.

Donnie is survived by his son Charles Sumner of Carlsbad, daughter Barbara and husband Conner Oden. Also survived by three Granddaughters: Imagene Tweedy, Emily Grady, Kylie Grady; two grandsons: Connor Grady, and Dillon Reese; and great granddaughter, Lorelai Mobley all of Carlsbad. Sister, Donna and husband Vernon Shoemake of Carlsbad; sister, Ladora (baby sis) and husband Joe Moore of Zapata, Texas. He is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Donnie is preceded in death by his parents, EM and Mollie Reese; brother, Curtis Childress; ex-wife, Lynette Pulis; sons: Michaeal and Steven Reese.

Visitation will be Tuesday, March 22, 2022, at Denton-Wood Funeral Home Chapel from 5-7pm and Graveside Service will be Wednesday, March 23, 2022, at Carlsbad Cemetery at 2pm.

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