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Posted 10 August 2015 - 09:52 AM

It is with much sadness that we report the passing of Donnie Walker. Donnie was one of the original three members of Racing to the Future and he will be most sorely missed. Donnie played several roles here at RttF. He was our first Quiz Master at all of our school visits and KY STLP regional events. He also designed and programmed our registration software and bracket tally system we use at the KY STLP State Championships. He was always great with the students and wonderful to work with.

Donnie, will will miss you.
 
Here are some of the moments we were able to capture of Donnie and his work here at Racing to the Future over the years.
 
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Posted 10 August 2015 - 09:59 AM

RIP, Donnie.
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Posted 10 August 2015 - 05:01 PM

Your pictures show that he seems to have a way with kids, which can be very good judge of character. Sorry for your loss.

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Posted 11 August 2015 - 01:59 AM

Did Donnie run the 1995 HOPRA Nats?


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Posted 11 August 2015 - 06:15 AM

That was a different Donnie.  

Our Donnie did not get involved with slot cars until he joined the Racing to the Future team back in 2008. The good news is he passed the hobby on to his grandkids a few years back.
 
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Posted 19 August 2015 - 08:25 AM

Here is the obituary for Donnie Walker:

 

Elder O'Shana "Donnie" LeDon Walker Jr. passed away peacefully on the morning of August 7, 2015, 9:45 AM at St Joseph's Hospital in Lexington, KY.

 

He was employed at the Kentucky Department of Education. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Helen E. Walker, a son, Andrae Walker, three daughters, Christina E Wadkins (Delward), Elissa I Walker (Dietrich,) and Charen E Caitlin (Tony); and two siblings, Ricardo Walker and La Shana Walker and ten grandchildren.

 

Donnie did not get involved with slot cars until joining the Racing to the Future program in 2009.  He became instrumental in the development and growth of the program, introducing slot car racing to students in Kentucky's Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP). He created the software for our bracket system and also played the role of the "Quiz Master", asking questions and getting answers from students to earn race time in our recruiting program. He was one of the three founding members of Racing to the Future and will be remembered for his role. Starting in 2016's STLP State Championship events, our first place awards for design and engineering of the student's slot car will be named "The Donnie Walker Engineering and Design Award" in honor of his participation and support of the Racing to the Future program.


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