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Donald James Vickers

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To Donald James Vickers, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, he was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around him, he seemed to be eternally happy, and he willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life he touched. For Donald, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, he could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Donald really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.       Donald was born on February 21, 1987 at Onslow County Hospital in Jacksonville, North Carolina to his parents, Lloyd and Stephanie Vickers. Donald was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. Even as a child, Donald had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around him. He was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. He couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention. He was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, he succeeded in entertaining his entire family.       Always a good playmate, Donald was easygoing and fun loving. He managed to lighten the mood wherever he was, even during family squabbles. He seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Donald managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Donald was raised with one older...
To Donald James Vickers, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, he was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around him, he seemed to be eternally happy, and he willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life he touched. For Donald, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, he could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Donald really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.
      Donald was born on February 21, 1987 at Onslow County Hospital in Jacksonville, North Carolina to his parents, Lloyd and Stephanie Vickers. Donald was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. Even as a child, Donald had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around him. He was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. He couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention. He was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, he succeeded in entertaining his entire family.
      Always a good playmate, Donald was easygoing and fun loving. He managed to lighten the mood wherever he was, even during family squabbles. He seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Donald managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Donald was raised with one older sister, Julie.
      All of Donald's playful good humor carried over into his childhood. He was possessed with an outgoing personality, a lively imagination and a mellowed enthusiasm for life that allowed him to be constantly on the go. As a result, Donald experienced a rather active childhood, and this suited him very well. He took part in karate, basketball, football, and track. Donald's memorable achievements included winning multiple karate championships, as well as being a nine-time National Black-Belt League World Champion. He was also a member of the Los Angeles Stars world combat league, which won the world championship.
      Ask anyone who knew him from school and they would tell you that Donald was a class “cut-up.” He didn’t do it to be unkind or to garner all the attention. Rather, Donald simply enjoyed others’ laughter and the sounds of his friends and acquaintances having a good time. It could be said that for Donald, grades may not have been the most important thing to him, but he really did enjoy his school experience, since experience was Donald's best teacher. He enjoyed hands-on learning and applying the “practical” approach to knowledge, rather than getting caught up in “theory.” Donald attended Durango High School and graduated from Centennial High School in 2005. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. During his senior year in high school, Donald led Nevada state in football tackles with 156 under the guidance of his favorite coach and mentor, Coach G.
      Donald reveled in his college years, where his imagination could run free. He was viewed by many of his classmates as being a creative, artistic person. Donald was usually found at the center of things, whether it was during class or in extracurricular activities. He was a jovial person who loved to share his passion for fun with others. But for Donald, life was not a case of all play and no work. Donald relished the task of putting his imagination to work in class. He was able to discover new and different ways of answering problems and creating unusual and different solutions. He earned 56 total credits in his college studies.
      Donald never actually encountered a stranger in his dealings with people. He was drawn to individuals and crowds, using his gregarious, adaptable and outgoing personality to captivate his audience. This quality allowed Donald to continually develop new relationships, ever widening his circle of friends. Donald delighted in his role among all his acquaintances, because he viewed them all as potential spectators for his performance. Whether it was a story, a joke, a song or just plain fooling around, Donald was always right at home putting on a show among his friends. Donald utilized his interest in others as a great way to connect with them. While growing up, he had numerous friends that he was loyal to as long as they were loyal to him. Donald loved sharing life and having his home filled with people he knew.
Donald loved to cook and was always trying to one-up his dad with his attempts at mastering dad's island-style chicken marinade or mom's fina'dene sauce.
      Perhaps the reason Donald related so well to children was the fact that he never really completely grew up himself. The ability to be just a “kid at heart” helped him in raising his own children. Donald was blessed with two children, one son, Tyson Kai (Lil' Diesel) and a daughter Capri Rose (Caprizee). Donald had the ability to focus his attention on the present moment. If he was spending time with the kids, that’s where all of his attention was directed. Donald's compassionate side prevented him from being a strict disciplinarian, and he could turn just about any situation into a playful, learning experience. He could spend hours entertaining them with fun and creative play.
      At work, as in life, Donald was a real “people person.” He had a very successful way of dealing effectively with others, and his enthusiasm and energy was often contagious. When dealing with various projects and problems, Donald was an adaptable realist, using his common sense and trusting his experiences and impulses to uncover the correct answer. Donald's talent for being a down to earth thinker, allowed many around him to see Donald as an excellent problem solver. His primary occupation was a personal trainer.
      Donald felt excited and challenged by sports. Donald loved to participate and thoroughly enjoyed the competition and the pleasure of being around other people. Donald relished the opportunities where he could make an impact, and he would often push himself to play above his abilities. A quick thinker who understood the basics, Donald never seemed to get caught off guard, even when confronted with unexpected conflict. In high school, Donald was involved in basketball, track, football, as well as martial arts. In his college years, Donald continued to stay active by playing football and participating in martial arts. His favorite recreational sports included martial arts and boxing. Donald was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity, tops on his list were MMA fighting.
      Living life in the fast lane suited Donald just fine. It is no surprise that he loved to travel and to visit new and different places. He was naturally curious about other parts of the world and loved the real life adventure that came from visiting them. He was impulsive and willing to try anything once. Some of his favorite vacations included trips to Palau, my mom's homeland, and visiting many of the California beaches because of the great seafood.
      Donald was a lover of animals and cherished his pets, enjoying them almost as much as he enjoyed being around other people. Donald had two pitbulls, Dude and Rasta. Donald loved the power and strength that they provided along with their loyalty.
      Donald passed away on August 14, 2013 at University Medical Center, Las Vegas, Nevada. He is survived by his children Tyson Kai Vickers and Capri Rose Vickers, his parents Lloyd and Stephanie Vickers, and his sister Julie Vickers. Services were held at Palm Northwest Mortuary. Donald was laid to rest at Palm Northwest Cemetery in Las Vegas, Nevada.
      Donald brought joy to all of those around him. He had a tough exterior but a soft heart, he would be willing to give the shirt off his back for those he loved. He loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. He loved to share his energy, wit, and his zest for all of his activities with his friends and family. Donald James Vickers lived life to its fullest and made everyone around him happier just for knowing him. He will be remembered with a smile.

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