Donald Ray ‘Big Daddy’ Starks
Donald Starks passed away August 8 at the Veterans’ Administration hospital in Reno. Don was born in Delano, Calif. on July 21, 1947. As a child he lived in several places, including Oklahoma, Reno and Idaho. After graduating from high school in Post Falls, Idaho, he joined the U.S. Navy for four years. He moved to Silverpeak, Nev. in 1974. He liked the town, the people, his job, and he made Silver peak his home.
Don liked to travel and see different places and things — often with no plan or set destination. Sometimes, his whereabouts unknown. He was a fisherman, of any kind of fishing. Don enjoyed sports and watching his Giants or 49ers. He loved music, especially the blues, and would sing along — usually about five notes behind and off-key but he didn’t care.
Don was involved with his children’s activities. When they were young, he would run with them and coax them along at track meets, etc. he was very proud of his son, Donnie’s motorcycle racing accomplishments.
Don was known for his stubborn nature and his quick temper, but he had such a big heart and helped so very many people in his lifetime. He was loyal to his family and friends.
Don was preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter. He is survived by his son, Donald Jr. (Melissa), three daughters: Shelly, Tammi, and Nikki (Billy); his best friend Janet; brother Michael Starks; six grandchildren; five great-grand children and everyone who knew and loved him. Don will be missed so very much but not forgotten.
There will be a celebration of life for Don September 14, in Silverpeak, 11 a.m. at The Old School.