It is with great sadness, we lost one of our very own here at the City, Mr. Donald Spells, who passed away on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, at the age of 55.
Donald was a devoted Public Works Department employee who had worked in the Parks and Grounds Division since December 19, 2005. Donald started his career as a Maintenance Worker and was quickly promoted to Foreman. Prior to that, he spent years working alongside Public Works as a tree trimmer for contracted vendor Asplundh Tree Company, where he was responsible for preserving the City of Fort Pierce's tree inventory.
Donald was an amazing person and co-worker. He was always willing to jump in and help wherever he was needed. Whether that was running a sanitation route in Solid Waste, assisting the front office staff with uniform distribution, or organizing the supply cage in Parks and Grounds. He was always willing to lend a hand and help get the job done.
Donald particularly liked working and volunteering for cleanup events throughout the city. Every year, he worked with Keep Fort Pierce Beautiful board members to ensure the annual Keep Fort Pierce Beautiful, Great American Cleanup event was successful, enjoyable, and ran smoothly. He was the go-to guy in the City of Fort Pierce for helping volunteer efforts by providing support for Boots on the Ground, Moore's Creek Waterway Cleanup, and the Treasure Coast Waterway Cleanup just to name a few.
Donald loved this city and always gave 100 percent both in and out of the workplace. Donald coached and mentored countless youth throughout the community over the last 20 years, as a local baseball coach. He touched many lives and genuinely made a difference.
Mr. Donald Spells will be greatly missed by the Public Works Department, the City of Fort Pierce, and the residents of Fort Pierce.