Donald Bruce Rivers (1982 - 2018)

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June 7, 1982 -

June 30, 2018

Donald Bruce Rivers -son, brother, musician- passed away under tragic circumstances at his home in Eugene, OR, on Saturday, June 30. A native of Bremerton, WA, Donny was born June 7, 1982, to Dianne (Mottern) and Bruce Rivers. Siblings Greg and Karla quickly followed and together they enjoyed a wonderful childhood of fishing, camping, archery, fun, and love. As Donny grew older, his passion for music made him an integral part of the Bremerton punk scene. He was the lead singer for the band Y.I.A. as well as countless other acts he formed with his chosen family. Donny's presence was often felt before he even entered a room. His larger than life personality, dark sense of humor, and smile were infectious to those around him, and his dedication to the people in his life left a lasting impact. After conquering a challenging chapter in his life, Donny moved to Eugene with his pet pig Sue, where he found the happiness and peace he needed. The community he built in his new hometown will be forever appreciated for the support they provided during that time. Donny was preceded in death by his first love, Megan Roscoe, as well as maternal grandparents, Donald and Carolyn (Batten) Mottern, Grandpa "Buddy" Batten, Great-Grandma Mildred Janes and paternal Grandpa "Bernie" Rivers. He is survived by his parents and siblings, his Grandma, Lillian Rivers; his love, Dawn RaSchell Moore; her daughters, Jazzmyn & Zara, who he loved as his own; his chosen son, Anthony Rich; and chosen brothers: Patrick Laberge and Andy More. Donny is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, as well as a vast network of friends and chosen family in Washington, Oregon, and across the world.

A remembrance is planned for July 14 in Bremerton, WA.

Published in Eugene Register-Guard on July 12, 2018