Donald Zarda, 44, passed away October 3, 2014 in Switzerland. He was born in Missouri, lived in Texas, and was pursuing EU citizenship. A skilled electrician and IT professional, he graduated from Embry- Riddle Aeronautical University with a BS in Technical Management / International Relations. An experienced skydiver, Don excelled at every discipline of the sport. He helped thousands create memorable life experiences while serving as a licensed tandem master and skydive instructor at dropzones worldwide. An airplane pilot, he also dedicated his life to BASE jumping as a member of an elite group of wingsuit athletes. Don had a big smile and an even bigger personality. His spirit, enthusiasm, and infectious laughter electrified those around him. He enjoyed sharing his adventures with loved ones, and especially relished encouraging others to experience adventures of their own. An intelligent, generous, fun, and truly unique person, Don made friends across the globe. He will be sorely missed by his family, friends, and everyone in the BASE community. He is survived by his mother Shirley (Greer) Zarda, his sisters Kim Zarda and Melissa Zarda, his dear friend William Moore, and his pets Sachie and Tiny Cat. He was predeceased by his father Jerry Zarda, his sister Gara Zarda, and his feline friends, Mynx, China, and Little Cat. A memorial will be held November 1 at 2pm at the Vincentian Parish Mission Center at 2100 N. Noland Road in Independence, MO. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to your local animal shelter. "3-2-1 C-ya" (Don's signature exit).
Published by Kansas City Star on Oct. 26, 2014.