Zackary Garrett Donatti

  • "Zackary, I miss you so much. Your laughter and smile. You..."
    - Val Donatti
  • "There is no greater loss than a child may God Bless your..."
  • "May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow."
  • "You will forever be in my heart and on my mind! Love and..."
    - Peggy Butler
  • "Zack, we are so deeply saddened that you left this life,..."
    - Claudia Larsen

Zackary Garrett Donatti, 19, of New Smyrna Beach, FL passed away Saturday, June 14, 2014 unexpectedly. He was born August 26, 1994 at Halifax Hospital in Daytona Beach, FL. Zack was
an accomplished race driver from quarter midgets to super late models. At the age of 17 he stopped racing but never lost the dream of picking it back up again. He then became a mentor to young inspiring drivers. Zack was also a successful barrel racer achieving state and national awards. He was a New Smyrna Beach High School Graduate class of 2012. He always an honor roll student. After graduating high school, Zack started working for his father's business, Tom Donatti Building & Roofing Inc. as a carpenter. Just recently, Zack was in the process of getting his contractor's license and was currently a project supervisor for the company. At the tender age of 19, it was Zack's dream to become the president of the business within 5 years. He is survived by many family, friends, and loved ones. Mother, Tish (McAfee) Donatti, Samsula; Father, Tommy E. Donatti (Valerie), Edgewater; Maternal grandmother, Waunetta Zimmer (Meme); Paternal grandparents, Harry and Jayne Theal (Nan & Pop), Pennsylvania; stepsisters Kelsey Weiss and Kaitlyn Weiss, Edgewater; and step-grandparents, David and Frances Mills, Port Orange. Zack was a very giving young man, therefore a foundation has been set up in his honor to continue the legacy of giving that he shared. This foundation will carry out Zack's dreams of giving to those less fortunate in the sports that he had so much passion for. You can contact Tom Donatti or do a direct deposit at Wells Fargo Bank. The name of the foundation is: ZDR Racing Foundation To Benefit Barrel Racing and Quarter Midget Racing, P.O. Box 997, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170. You will be missed and forever in our hearts. Share a memory with the family at


Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on June 27, 2014
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