It is with a heavy heart that we announce the unexpected loss of Donald “Donny” Thomas Ferguson. He departed the world on October 23, 2022, leaving just as he entered it — with a kind, compassionate soul, seeking adventure. Donny was born in Seattle, Washington on January 23, 1971 to Roberta and Robert Ferguson.

Those who had the chance to be acquainted with Donny knew he faced little hesitation to put others before himself. A fun memory shared with his sister, Robin Ferguson, happened on a particularly warm summer day spent in South Dakota. On this summer day, he swore to his sister that he would catch a fish using only his hands. With extreme focus, he watched the rippling water. Moments later, in one swoop, he pulled out a shiny little fish presenting it to Robin. He loved to bring her joy but, above all, he was protective of his older sister. During the earthquake of 1992, Humboldt experienced a higher magnitude earthquake. He held his sister’s hand throughout the duration offering her words of comfort.

The mother of his children, Karmen Davy, shared a memory that also spoke of his protective nature. Donny spent time with Karmen as she fed her beloved quarter horse Taffy. One evening, they heard a low, almost mechanical, rumble. While looking toward the tree line in disbelief, a mountain lion was stalking them. In calmness, Donny looked toward Karmen telling her not to panic. As most would, she ran toward the car leaving behind her jacket in the dust-covered pasture and — well, Donny too.

He loved to encourage his daughter, Kelsey, with her photography endeavors. He guided her with his kindness and wisdom which helped her push through difficult times. These stories show Donny’s nature: he was driven by kindness, compassion, and dedication to his loved ones.

Donny had a long list of hobbies that included BMX, fishing, clamming, cooking, birdwatching, technology, and motorcycles. He extended these passions to his two daughters: Kelsey and Jaycie Ferguson-Davy. From a young age, he had numerous accomplishments, some including but not limited to a black belt in jujitsu and winning numerous sprint car races.

He is preceded in death by his father Robert Ferguson and brother Randy Ferguson. Donny leaves behind his children Kelsey and Jaycie Ferguson-Davy, his mother Roberta Ferguson, brother Vance Ferguson, sister Robin Ferguson, niece Josie Ferguson, his uncle Ray Tyson, his aunt Cheryl Tyson, and his six grandchildren. Donny also leaves behind his sober living community which had become an extension of his family.

In lieu of flowers, please hug someone you love and tell them how special they are to you.


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