Donald “Donte” Lyonel Deege, age 51, passed away in his sleep at his home in Iowa City, Iowa, on March 11, 2013.

He was born November 20, 1961, in Los Angeles, CA. He was raised in Thousand Oaks, CA, where he graduated from Newberry Park High School in 1980.

In 1981, Donald enlisted in the Army and graduated from Military Police school.

He was blessed with many gifts and talents. He loved music and played many instruments including guitar, piano, banjo, and accordion, just to name a few. He wrote his own music and enjoyed performing. He was a gifted singer and actor, appearing in many community theater productions in California, Washington, Oregon, and Iowa.

He was also fluent in many languages. When he would come across someone speaking a language he didn’t know, he would introduce himself to them and learn the basics of their language, and before he knew it he would be speaking their language.

He is survived by his parents, Walter and Gean Deege of Rosburg, WA; a brother, Christopher (Renee) Deege, Vancouver, WA; a sister, Teresa Cooley of Rosburg, WA; many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. He will be greatly missed and he is deeply loved.

A memorial will be held May 4, 2013, at Naselle Lutheran Church, 308 Knappton Rd., Naselle, WA at 10 a.m.

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