RIP LINDSEY DONALSON
The WW II ADT Lost a member of their group .
The CAFIEW n " D DAY DOLL " sends our deepest sympathy n condolences to the ADT n family of Lindsey ...
Posted by CAF COL Randy Kim
Today our team is mourning the loss and yet committing ourselves to paying forward the life of Lindsey Donaldson—teammate, friend to our Veterans, and loving soul to all. Lindsey lost her life in a motor vehicle accident on Wednesday, just after leaving our Veterans Day exhibition in Tulsa, OK.
Lindsey was a force multiplier when it came to boosting people's morale. She was all about supporting our mission and vision. As a member of our Air Wing, Lindsey quickly found a place as their unofficial CIC, “Cheerleader In Charge.” She boosted people’s spirits with her bubbly personality and her positive nature rubbed off on everyone as she went about her work. That's invaluable in any organization and never to be discounted.
Central to Lindsey’s story is that her grandmother was a real-life Rosie the Riveter. During WWII, her grandmother helped assemble C-47’s at the Douglas plant in Oklahoma City. Her grandmother may have driven the rivets in the very aircraft we jump from. That was among the reasons Lindsey joined our team.
All of us here feel a special connection to history when we board our aircraft. But to look at, touch, and even smell those aircraft—which smell like a classic car—and know that your own grandmother may have helped build them? That’s a bond that only Lindsey could boast. She cherished it.
Lindsey was a hands-on person. If you got to know her, it was likely because you were working on a project with her. A favorite story of our team is that one day she asked if there was anything she could do to help. One of our ground crew asked if she would be willing to learn how to drive rivets. She replied, “Yes!”, and that solidified her connection with her grandmother.
Lindsey volunteered at the Military History Center in Broken Arrow, OK. Both there and on our team, she looked for any opportunity to reach out to Veterans. When she was paired with one, her sparkling enthusiasm overflowed. She took the time to care about our Veterans in a way that made them feel respected and cherished, and that’s a gift to them that can never be underestimated.
Lindsey let friendships within our team happen naturally. But once you got to know her you discovered that she was outgoing and thrived on maintaining connections.. In today’s world that typically means through Facebook and social media. In Lindsey’s world, that meant ham radio! Yes, Lindsey had connections all over the world, and she did it the old-fashioned way—through megahertz.
On Veterans Day she arranged for our aircraft to broadcast during our flyover of the Tulsa Veterans Day Parade. Her call sign, WW2ADT.
Lindsey loved her three dogs, she loved the outdoors, and she loved her favorite holiday, Christmas. We will miss her upbeat quick responses to things like “that’s fabs” and “you're adorbs.” She had her own pop terms for things, and not a one was negative. She didn’t know how to go there. We should all be so lucky.
Above all, Lindsey loved Jeeps. Any Jeeps. It could have been the WWII Jeeps at our facility or the newest Jeep designs coming out of Detroit. It didn’t matter. She was a “Jeeper,” a “Jeepster”, a “Geo Tracker.” She loved Jeep culture, and she knew that special “Jeep Wave” that Jeep owners give each other.
Through the help of her best friend and member of our team, David Snell, she finally found a red Jeep that became hers and which she cherished. She named it “Rosie.”
Lindsey experienced true joy driving her jeep. She was driving it Wednesday at the time of her accident, doing what she loved, finishing a day in the presence of the team that she loved.
Lindsey now smiles back at us from a distant shore, walking in a greater light which we cannot fully comprehend and rejoicing with those whose multitude we cannot number. As a Christian, that was her faith. We believe that she would want us to share that.
As we face the loss of Lindsey—and we are all in shock and dismay—Lindsey’s advice to us would be, “We can do it!” Those were the words of the famed caricature of Rosie the Riveter who Lindsey so admired. As a team and a family, we remain steadfast in the face of a loss like this. And, despite our grief, we sill must hold ourselves accountable to keep Lindsey’s spirit alive, in the little things we do and in the big ones.
We will miss you, Lindsey. We are humbled that you shared the gift of your life with us, and we are resolved to pay it forward. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends with our deepest sympathies.
Yes, Lindsey, “We CAN do it! And, we will. All The Way!