Donnie Morgan with wife Reannen and sons Evan, Ryker, Ben, and Jax
A GoFundMe.com page has been established for Donnie Morgan, a former wrestler at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo., who passed away Memorial Day (Monday, May 28) after a battle with leukemia. He was 38.
"The page is designed to build a scholarship fund for Donnie's four sons for their future education needs," according to Jimmy Rollins, current Lindenwood head coach who helped set up the page.
"Even though he wrestled at our school before I came on board as coach (in 2010), we think it's very important to support our wrestling alums any way we can," Rollins told InterMat. "When we learned of Donnie's leukemia, we tried to do what we could to help, such as reaching out to potential bone marrow donors, or providing Lindenwood gear for him to wear to treatments."
"Although Donnie's time at Lindenwood didn't coincide with mine as coach, I feel a bond with him. Someone told me that his nickname was "Neck Wrench Donnie" because he had a killer neck wrench."
By all accounts, Donnie Morgan was an accomplished wrestler in high school and college. At Claremore High School, Morgan was a two-time Oklahoma state wrestling champ, first as a sophomore (becoming the school's first-ever), then as a senior. He was also a four-time state placer and was elected All-State.
Morgan's on-the-mat accomplishments in Oklahoma helped him earn a scholarship to Lindenwood University, where he wrestled from 1998-2003. He was a member of squad that won the national team title in 2002. Morgan earned his bachelor's degree from the St. Louis area school in 2003.
Donald (Donnie) Wayne Morgan, Jr. was born in Claremore in northeast Oklahoma on March 31,1980 to Donald Wayne, Sr. and Debra Kaye Walton Morgan. From his experience in working for Farmers Insurance in assisting policyholders with claims, in 2012 Morgan established HCS -- Home Claim Solutions LLC -- which is a roofing and restoration company. HCS was about to be listed in Inc. Magazine as one of the top 5000 fastest growing companies in the nation.
In addition to his parents, Donnie Morgan is survived by his wife of nearly a dozen years, Reannen Morgan, and their four sons Evan, Ryker, Ben, and Jax Morgan (intended beneficiaries of the GoFundMe college education fund) … along with his sisters, Johnna Morgan and husband Brett Fleak, and Lindsey Michener and husband Gary; grandparents MC and Jewel Morgan, numerous nieces and a nephew as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services have already taken place.