Zachary Gonzalez was a happy, thriving young man. Zach came to live at the Donlen house when he was nine years old, back in 1999. He had lost his father, Reinaldo, when he was three years old and his father was struck by a drunk driver while crossing the street. He then lost his mother, Joann, when he was nine. Joann died just two days after being diagnosed with leukemia.
After moving to Levittown from NE Philadelphia, Zach attended Walt Disney Elementary School where he began developing new friends and became a member of the student council. Zach had always loved playing sports, especially baseball and soccer. He soon learned to ride a bike and a skateboard. Of great importance, it should be noted that Zach preferred longboards over skateboards!
Once he started at Pennwood Middle School Zach found a new sport he enjoyed, wrestling. He was accepted onto the school wrestling team in 7th and 8th grade and continued on with wrestling when he moved into Pennsbury High School. He was on the JV wrestling team at the time of his death in 9th grade. He was so proud of being a part of this team.
Zach overcame many obstacles that life threw at him in his short life and continued to make great strides forward. He had a quirky personality, fabulous grin and a kind heart. He was an avid reader. Zach loved candy and junk food. We celebrated Zach’s 15th birthday in Disney World just days before the fateful day that took him from us.
Zach was killed on January 19, 2014, when struck by an impaired driver while riding his bike with friends.
Zach was 15 years and 3 days old at time of his death.
A life cut short because a driver lacking full possession of his faculties was behind the wheel.