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GARNESS, Donald
GARNESS, Donald H. "Candyman" Oct. 22, 1941 - Aug. 4, 2016 Mr. Garness passed away at home due to natural causes following a long bout of illness. Born in San Francisco and raised in Iowa, the son of Henry B. Doolin of Illinois and Almina P. Willis of Vermont. Following the passing of his father, his mother married Mr. Roy H. Garness of Iowa. He is survived by his loving wife Patricia; ten children, eighteen grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren; and sister, Theresa Eckert of Ontario, Calif. His parents and brothers, James and Richard, preceded him in death. Donald was a life long resident of Southern California, forty years in the Antelope Valley.Well known for his singing and bass guitar talent, he shared the stage with some of the worlds greatest country western musicians. In 1986 he recorded Classy Country Lady and The Reason Why , with Desert Morning Records. He performed with local 50s & 60s rock & roll bands, The Legends and Route 66 The Band . In his professional career, he was a trained stuntman, a skilled industrial/ commercial painter, and brainstormed alongside the brilliant minds of NASA engineers, designing a pressurized oxygen air suit for life support in flight and space travel. During the 70's he opened a C.B. radio repair shop in Littlerock, Calif., and was known as "Candyman" to truck-drivers and "Players & Sayers" across the country. He was able to die peacefully at home with the company of family. A celebration of life was held in his honor on August 27, 2016 at the UAV Ballroom in Lancaster, Calif.

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