Donnie Sabata, age 73, residing in Kingman, Arizona and from Nebraska, passed away peacefully on September 2, 2022. Donnie was born in Lincoln, NE to James J. and Catherine (Kadavy) Sabata on November 20, 1948. The family moved from Lincoln to Malcolm in 1961. While in high school Donnie worked as a farmhand for local Malcolm farmers. He graduated from Malcolm HS in 1968. After high school Donnie worked on the construction of Interstate 80. He was a Sargent in the Airforce and served in the UK during the Vietnam War (1968-1972). When he returned to the United States he lived in Lincoln, NE. Donnie worked as a cross country truck driver before working 20+ years for Burlington Northern Railroad in Building & Bridges. He was an accomplished carpenter and loved to help others. He enjoyed his coffee at Shoemakers with his brother Alvin whenever he got the chance. Donnie met Candi Sapp (Sabata) in June of 1989, and they married on September 10, 2012. They moved to Kingman in 2008. They enjoyed going to Laughlin for dinner, entertainment, and a bit of gambling. Donnie loved his old country music and enjoyed planting and taking care of his trees.
Donnie is survived by his daughter Kendra (Cody) Watson, grandchildren Tyler and Taylor (Lincoln, NE); step-daughter Kelli (Jeff) Finke, and their children Seth, Jordan, and Haylee (Lincoln, NE); sisters Pat (Bernard) Heinemann (Wallace, NE), Kathy (Fred) Gesser (Thorndale, PA), Mary (Terry) Brown (Raymond, NE), Judy (Bill) Nissen (Raymond, NE); brother Ron (Gerrie) Sabata (Lincoln, NE); sisters-in-law, Phyllis Sabata, and Deb Sabata; many cousins, nephews and nieces, the Finke family, and many friends. He is preceded in death by his wife Candi, parents, son, Matthew Ferguson, and brothers James P. and Alvin.
A celebration of life and light lunch will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 22, at Raymond Firehall (4210 W Raymond Rd, Raymond, NE). Military service for Donnie, and inurnment for Donnie and Candi Sabata at 2:00 pm at the Seward Cemetery (1700 State Hwy 15, Seward, NE). Memorials can be made to one of Donnie’s favorite charities: Boys Town, Omaha, NE.