Donald Henley Land, 64, of Pleasant Hill, was born January 20, 1951, in Independence, Missouri, the son of John H. and Harriet (Henley) Land. He departed this life Wednesday, November 18, 2015, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer.
Don was a 1969 Lee's Summit High School graduate. An All-Conference performer in both football and track and field, Don attended Northwest Missouri State University on a football scholarship.
Don had been employed by HSC Industrial Coatings in Pleasant Hill. Prior to that he worked for Underwriters Insurance Corporation, as an Auto Recovery Specialist.
Don loved fast cars, guns, Civil War history, and old Western movies, especially those starring John Wayne and Gary Cooper. Don was an avid collector of unique antiques, which he purchased during his many travels throughout this nation. Don especially loved to have a good time with family and friends, and in his later years enjoyed the company of his Rat Terrier dog, "TWO BITS".
Single his entire life, Don still had a very large family... ..a family of close friends thoughout the country that enjoyed Don as much as he enjoyed them.
All who knew Don will remember him as "ONE-OF-A-KIND" who lived life his way, without compromise.
The world will be a less colorful place without Don !
Don was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by two brothers, Gene Land( and Michelle) of Greenwood, and Chris Land of Pleasant Hill. Three nephews, Ryan Land of Lake Winnebago, Sean (and Elena) Land Lee's Summit, Preston and (Akeisha) Land of Lee's Summit; two nieces, Deanne Land of Greenwood, and Jackie Land of Madison, Wisconsin; other relatives and countless friends.
Funeral services were held Sunday, November 22, 2015, at the funeral home. Reverend Brandon Park officiated. Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Chris Land, Gene Land, Jerry Land, Preston Land, Ryan Land, and Sean Land.
A party celebrating Don's unique life was following services at the Pleasant Hill Memorial Building, in downtown Pleasant Hill, MO
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill Cemetery and may be sent in care of the funeral home.