Donald E. Preston

Donald E. Preston

Homicide

Donald Edward Preston
YOA: 51
Found in Farm Field
Fort Dodge, IA
Webster County
December 26, 2016
Investigating Agency: Webster County Sheriff’s Office

 

 
 

Initial Press Release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety

WEBSTER COUNTY, Iowa — On Monday, December 26, 2016, a deceased male was located in a field southwest of Fort Dodge, Iowa. The body was transported to the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny, Iowa where an autopsy was performed. The preliminary examination identified the body as Donald Edward Preston, 51, of Fort Dodge, Iowa. The Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner determined manner of death was homicide and the cause of death was a gunshot wound.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is assisting with the investigation.

Preston had not been reported missing and was last seen by family members on December 22nd in Fort Dodge. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Webster County Sheriff’s Office or Webster County Crime Stoppers information listed below.

Crime Stoppers can be contacted anonymously by calling (515) 573-1444 (STOP), online at www.wccrimestoppers.com or by texting “LEC” and the tip to Crimes (274637).


From WHO.TV

Brother of Fort Dodge Homicide Victim Speaks Out

By Michael Dasilva, Dec. 30, 2016

FORT DODGE, Iowa — Pat Preston says his older brother Don was well known and well loved in the Fort Dodge community. “He had a big circle of friends,” said Preston. When Don failed to show up for Christmas dinner with the family this year, Pat knew something was wrong. “…as much as he liked to eat and we have a big Christmas dinner, for him not to attend the dinner made us all wonder,” said Preston. “That’s when I kinda knew something was wrong. I mean, I felt something was wrong, you know, because he’s never, ever missed a meal, Thanksgiving, nothing,” said Preston.

And then Pat heard from Iowa’s Division of Criminal Investigation. “I got a call to come down to the police station and look at a couple pictures and went down. They said a body was found in a cornfield, which they believed to be my brother Don, and I looked at the pictures and confirmed it was him,” said Preston.

The day after Christmas Don was found dead in a field southwest of Fort Dodge. Pat says Don’s body was discovered by a farmer who was out spreading fertilizer, and that based on his body temperature, Don had only been there for nine or ten hours. The state medical examiner determined manner of death was homicide and the cause of death was a gunshot wound.

“If you know anything, if it’s an accident, whatever it is, step forward and tell us what you know,” said Preston as he pleaded with anyone with information about what happened to say what they know. Pat says Don didn’t have any known enemies, and wasn’t fearing for his life for any reason and so he doesn’t know who could have done this to his brother.

What he does know is that his brother will be missed. “Every Saturday, Sunday, he’d be over watching football and we’d joke about him being a Raiders fan. He was the only one out of the family that was not a Cowboys fan. He was the only Raiders fan, but he rode us like he had the whole crowd with him, but that’s just the way he was, vocal. I’m gonna miss that out of him,” said Preston.

The investigation is on-going and anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Webster County Sherriff’s Office or Webster County Crime Stoppers information listed below.

Crime Stoppers can be contacted anonymously by calling (515) 573-1444 (STOP), online at www.wccrimestoppers.com or by texting “LEC” and the tip to Crimes (274637).


About Donald Preston (from obituary)

Donald E. Preston, 51, of Fort Dodge died December 26, 2016.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 7, 2017, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church with Rev. Tim Anderson officiating. Burial will follow at North Lawn Cemetery. A visitation will be 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday at Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home.

Donald is survived by his children, DeJuan Jackson; Deminica Mica-Jackson; Devon Kirby all of Fort Dodge; Jett Kuker of Waterloo; grandchildren, Jordon Jackson; Tatum Lundberg; Jasmine Jackson; Leah Lundberg; Jaysawn Jackson; JaeBrielle Wilson; Armani Kirby; mother, Mattie Lee Preston; siblings, Calvin Morrison of Columbus, OH; Mary Preston; Ronnie (Courtney) Preston; Vickey Preston (George); Patrick (Valerie) Preston all of Fort Dodge; and a host of cousins, nephews, nieces, aunts, and uncles.

Donald was preceded in death by his father, Lemon Preston; brother, Lennon Preston; and nephew, Brandyn Preston.

Donald Edward Preston was born on October 14, 1965, in Iowa City. He attended schools in Fort Dodge. Don graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High School. He then attended ICCC. He was involved in the construction field and manufacturing industry for many years. In 1994, he started his own business, “Donny’s Construction.”

In 2002, Donald married Beverly Pedersen and the couple made their home in Fort Dodge. The couple later divorced. Don enjoyed music and dancing. He had a fondness for jewelry. Don was an avid Raider Fan. He will be deeply missed by his family and all those who knew him.

Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.

Information Needed

The Webster County Sheriff’s office is asking for your help. They ask if you have any information to call them at (515) 573-1410 or call Crime Stoppers at (515) 573-1444.

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