Obituary: Donald “Derric” Mast, 59, of Des Moines, Iowa

Donald "'Derric" Mast
Posted: Aug. 23, 2019 12:15 pm

Donald "Derric" Mast, 59, of Des Moines, Iowa joined the Lord in heaven at 10:15 a.m., Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at his home. Graveside services will be 1 p.m., September 14, at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Hunnewell, Mo., with Fr. Greg Oligschlaeger officiating. Family and friends are invited to attend a reception at the Fiddlestiks Restaurant in Hannibal, Mo., starting at 4:30 p.m. The family is being served by the James O'Donnell Life Celebration Home in Monroe City, MO.

Donald was born in Cedar Falls, Iowa, on July 18, 1959, to Wayne and Delores Jean (Porter) Mast. He graduated from Delwood High School with the class of 1977. After graduation Derric attended Warburg College in Waverly, Iowa.

Derric found inspiration when he spent a semester in Germany during college and stayed for 10 years working as a language instructor. Upon his return to the United States, Derric worked for Disney Theme Parks as well as the Disney Cruise Line in Orlando, Florida. He then subsequently worked for the Neilson Corporation in New York City until he retired in 2009.

Derric was a devout Catholic and member of the Basilica of St. John Catholic Church and belonged to the Knights of Columbus. He loved attending mass, learning new languages, reading, cooking, traveling, and caring for his cat Simba. Derric was an avid Duke basketball and Florida State football fan. He enjoyed volunteering and serving others particularly being able to take communion to those in area hospitals.

He will be remembered by his siblings John (Gale) Mast, Diane Reagan, Adam (Alberto) Mast, David Mast, and Brenda (Ansgar Olsen) Mast, six nieces, three nephews, and many close friends.

Derric was preceded in death by his mother Delores Mast.

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