Donald Dale Burns was born November 2, 1958 to Jackie and Patsy (Ratley) Burns in Independence, Missouri. He passed away February 23, 2020 in Springfield, Missouri.
Donnie loved playing sports and was very good at it. In 1969 at the age of 10, he played for Randelph Junior Baseball. He pitched a perfect game, which was his second no hitter in two years. Donnie also played football for the Texas Rangers. While playing for the Rangers, they won the Alamo Bowl.
He graduated from Weaubleau High School in 1977 and went to college. He later graduated from the police academy. He loved his career in law enforcement. Donnie had served for a total of 23 years. He was Chief of Police of Weaubleau, Lowry City and Osceola, Missouri. Donnie served for 17 years with the St. Clair County Sheriffs Department until his retirement in May of 2018 as their Transport Sergeant.
Donnie loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing with his best friend. He loved his family very much including all of his “girls” and they were his life. Donnie also enjoyed all of the grandchildren. He also loved his dogs Remington and Boston. His laugh was the best ever. Everyone knew him by his laugh and his cologne. March 8th changed his life and will always be a special day for the Burns Family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jackie and Patsy Burns.
Donnie is survived by Charlotte Dotson, of the home; 5 daughters, Telisha and Josh Dutcher of Osceola, MO, Amber and Ryan Mahurin of Golden City, MO, Breanica and Thomas Cline of Bolivar, MO, Merandia and Cory Peterson of Willard, Missouri and Jesse and Sarah Redburn of Clinton, MO; 5 grandsons, Gavin and Kyler Dutcher, Thomas and Charlie Cline and Oakley Burns and 2 granddaughters, Piper DiAnn and Ella Mae Peterson.