David Richard Donovan

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David Richard Donovan, age 59, of Monticello passed away Saturday, July, 13, 2019 at Dallas County Medical Center in Fordyce, Ark. He was born November 20, 1959 of the Catholic faith, in Castro Valley, California. He dedicated 34 years of his life to his community serving as a paramedic, firefighter, teacher, mentor, and policeman. Being a paramedic was his life and he had a deep commitment to helping others in need. He was the owner and operator of his own ambulance service and sought to bring up-to-date and innovative care to rural Arkansas. He shared his dedication by not only serving as a paramedic but sharing his knowledge as a teacher, educator, and mentor to aspiring EMTs, paramedics, police, and firefighters throughout the country. David is preceded in death by daughter, Isabella and grandparents Archie and Mabel Schmidt. David is survived by the love of his life Kim Slaughter who loved him heart, mind, body, and soul of Monticello, Ark. His father Jack Donovan (Pat) of Los Gatos, Calif., son, Daniel Donovan of Melbourne Ark., daughter, Jamie Ogle of Melbourne, Ark., son-in-law Rex Ogle of Oxford, Ark., son, Clark Butler (Tuesday) of Monticello, Ark., brother Frank Donovan (Deborah) of Broussard, La., sister, Elizabeth Johnson (Larry) of Kimberling, Mo. He is survived by a cousin who is loved more than a brother Dan Becker and a loving supportive extended family of Mervyn and LaVerna Becker and children. He is survived by 11 grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. "I did too much too fast in my life. God was through with me before I was ready." – David Donovan. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, July 20, 2019, at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Chapel with burial to follow in Rock Springs Cemetery. Family visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. Online guestbook at

Published July 19, 2019