He was born on May 6, 1985 in Springfield, Missouri. D.J. attended school kindergarten through eighth grade in Cabool, Missouri, then attended and graduated from Marshfield High School. He attended Evangel College for a brief time after graduating high school.
D.J. was the commissary manager for Centec Group. He attended Cabool Christian Church and Hillside Christian Church. He loved making jewelry, doing home renovations and traveling to Florida. D.J. was a loyal, caring and thoughtful son, brother and friend with a huge heart and he smiled all the time. His sister described him as bold and brave. His friends and family will miss him unspeakably; he is gone too soon.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, James Speake; his grandparents, Lee and Fern McDonald; a cousin, Claire Speake; an aunt, Evelyn Arms; and an uncle.
D.J. is survived by his father and stepmother, Roger and Nicki McDonald; his mother and stepfather, Debra and Tom Ankiewicz; his brother, Adam McDonald; his sister, Coral Sarracino and her husband Manny; his grandmother, Delores Speake; his nephew, Justin Sutton; his cousins, Charles, James, Eddie, Israel Speake, Marie Cooper, Amanda Handy, and Cindy; aunt Melody Bloxsom and uncles Wesley, Mark and Eric Speake, along with his best friend, Loretta Fincher, and other friends Linda, Brandy, Jessica and Gidget.
Memorial services will be on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. in Greenlawn Funeral Home East, Springfield, Missouri. Visitation will be on Friday, March 4, 2016. from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Greenlawn Funeral Home East.