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December 7, 1973 – Thursday, December 13, 2018

Service Information
Lake Lena Community Center-Sandstone, MN
Monday, December 17, 2018
10:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
Lake Lena Community Center-Sandstone, MN
Sunday, December 16, 2018
beginning at 6:00 P.M.

Lake Lena Community Center
45749 Grace Lake Road
Sandstone, Minnesota 55072

Donald Leonard Staples Sr.
“Ozhaa Wash Ko Giizhik (Blue Sky)

Donny, also known as Big D to many was born on December 7, 1973 in Minneapolis the son of Karen (Soupy) Staples and Harry (Diddy) Davis Jr. He was raised in Minneapolis by his mother with the help of his grandparents Leonard & Evelyn Staples and special aunt Joanne Connor.

Growing up in the East Phillips neighborhood Donny was involved in various sports. In 1985 he played baseball for Little Earth, his undefeated team and they became Mpls Park Board City Champs, an accomplishment his team and coaches were proud of. Donny was a big fan of the Mn Vikings, Mn Twins and Mn Timberwolves.

While growing up he enjoyed spending time with his grandmother Evelyn whom also liked to tease and would tell him that “He was only a good boy when he was sleeping”. He would go onto becoming a father of three children whom he deeply loved. He was a loving and caring son, brother, uncle, nephew & friend. He especially loved kids like his little cousin Harley Quinn, who was born on his birthday as he predicted in 2014. He later gave her the nick-name “Lil Rowdy Rhonda Rousy” because of her right hook.

Donny was a private man, who was also outgoing, charismatic and had a great sense of humor that often led to teasing. He would make many lifelong friends and considered a brother by many.

Donny obtained his GED in the late 90s and was a Carpenter for many years.

He enjoyed being with his family especially his children and grandchildren whom he loved to spend quality time with. He also loved visiting and joking with his family and friends.

Many can agree with Derek Olson who said that “Donny showed me that family doesn’t always mean by blood. He stood by family and friends without hesitation. He is a warrior and now all of our Guardian Angel”.

May he continue to protect us & rest in Paradise.

Survived by three children: Donald Staples Jr. & Ashley Marie Staples (mother Angela Olson) & Donaya Sue Staples (mother Carla Ramirez); grandchildren: Brooklyn, Joseph & Faith; mother: Karen Staples-Gonzalez; father: Harry Davis Jr.; brothers: Rudy Gonzalez Jr., Weylin & Aaron Davis; sisters: Beverly, Roxanne, Dione and Katherine Davis, grandmother: Martha Davis, other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his grandparents Leonard & Evelyn Staples, Harry Davis Sr., aunts & uncles.

Honorary Casket Bearers:
Dennis, Freddy, Gary, Gordon, Jason & Ronald Davis, Keri Decker, Jeff, Ken Jr. & Tyler Coleman, Gibbs Family, Rudy Gonzalez Sr., Aurelia (Doodlebug) & Michael Jr. Jackson, Charlie Johnson, Alicia LaBlanc, Gary LaChapelle, Dean, Deanne & Joshua Jr. Louis, Adrienne Morris, Wambli McArthur, John Morgan, Alan Olson, Gordan Reese, Aaron Rock, Michael, Raymond & Ronald Sr. Staples, Ben & Pamela St. John, Dominic Trueblood, Nevaeh Willis.

Casket Bearers:
Charles Coleman, Brandon Davis, Shawn Kihega,
Linz Mason, John Larson Sr., Joshua Louis Sr.

Monday, December 17, 2018
Acacia Park Cemetery
1:30 P.M.
Mendota Heights, Minnesota

3 Guestbook Entries

  1. Bev Schoenborn

    Thinking of you, Karen, in your time of grief, love you. Prayers for you and your family.

  2. Joe Staples

    You were a great man and I was proud to call you family. Till we meet again I love you cousin

  3. The Rivers Family

    Our sincere condolences to the family. The Bible has beautiful and comforting scriptures to help cope with the grief and sadness. I pray that the family will find comfort in the promise for the future at Isaiah 26:19; “Your dead will live. And the earth will let those powerless in death come to life”. To learn more about this promise please visit our website: and view the comforting video; What is the Condition of the Dead?


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