Donny “Bean” Huerta
July 25, 1961. - October 15, 2023
First born son to Pete & Janie Huerta, Donny entered the staging lanes of life on July 25, 1961, he was born to race he kept his mom on her toes and had his dad wrapped around his finger. Pete always had Donny right at his side. Donny first learned to drive when his dad put him in an old farm tractor plowing the land, at age 8 Donny wrecked his mom’s Volkswagen Beetle. Donny would turn anything into a race car including a fire engine he got for Christmas with full sound effects he got a hammer and screwdriver and took the tires off. He could usually take stuff apart and put it back together, but if dad found out he would tell him he wasn’t getting any more cars, Donny would smile his mischievous smile and say I’m just mechanicin dad. Donny had two brothers, David and D’Edward. The brothers were very close to the three amigo’s. Donny, being the oldest was the leader of the pack he was always instigating something for which all three would get in trouble for because the other two would never give up big brother. Donny worked in the oilfields alongside his dad doing pit lining and then went on to Phillips petroleum before transitioning into oilfield safety working with the Callaway family for several years before opening his auto detailing business. In his final years Donny had a yard care business primarily within our neighborhood which he loved and was so proud to be a part of he became known as “The Neighborhood Watch” he traveled throughout our neighborhood on his golf cart carefully ensuring the yards were maintained and would report anything out of the normal to the home owners immediately, he was often called upon for pet care and had two special clients Remington and Shotgun he would always be so tickled when he’d find them in the pool. The outpouring of love our neighborhood had for Donny is amazing.
Donny began his racing career in 1984 after losing his dad in a tragic accident. Donny was licensed by NHRA he landed a corporate sponsorship from Justice Brothers and traveled throughout the United States and Mexico with his truck the Mexican Jump N’ Bean wheel stander for years making many lifelong friendships. Donny will be remembered for being a man who lived life, he was just who he was… Generous, Fun Loving, Dependable, Adventurous a Happy soul. Donny was always Full Throttle he loved much, played hard described as an Original, he was meek but mischievous, reserved but outgoing, Always Happy always had a smile to share Donny was a man of many talents an excellent cook feeding anyone that was hungry whether it be breakfast cooked on his disc or ribs cooked low and slow on his signature pit. Music was Donny’s driving force it fed his soul he shared his love and entertained many especially his son Cameron who he built a stage for and taught him how to dance and sing to one of his favorite Tejano artists Selena he spent hours playing her songs until Cameron had memorized and perfected each one, he would hold him and teach him all his best dance moves. Donny had a deep love for all people, especially children. Any that knew him called him “Uncle or Mr. Bean they knew he always had popsicles waiting for them after school. Donny’s love for animals was also felt by the many neighborhood fur babies who would drop by for their doggy treats.
Our hearts are broken that he left us so soon, but we know his health has been restored and his body is no longer in pain, he is now at rest and reunited with his dad and brothers as he made his final wheel stand across the streets of gold.
Donny’s legacy will forever live on through his family and many people who loved him.
Donny & Carla began their life journey together 43 years ago and celebrated their 38th anniversary in July. Blessed with the birth of their son Cameron, his little Hotrod. Donny discovered what true love was becoming a father. Cameron always referred to dad as his superhero and loved how dad would always decorate and dress up for Halloween and Christmas believed there was nothing dad couldn’t do. His mom Janie, who he always described as a beautiful angel, he loved teasing her about her lipstick.
Donny had a plentiful harvest of nieces and nephews that looked up to him as he encouraged them to always be themselves not to change for anyone, to reach for their dreams, always treat people with kindness and be respectful and grateful and to never take sides, who are; Justin Dass, Seth Huerta, Jade Huerta, Jimmy Stevens, Cecil Stevens & Connie Stevens. Donny had an extremely special relationship with nephews Seth Huerta & Jimmy Stevens whom he was a father figure. Great nieces & nephews Hayden, Makenna, Braylee, Kinslee, Jaxon, Chris, Abel, Elijah, Braxlee, Cecil Ray, Juan Marcos, Eric, Daniel & Zack. Bonuses: Miss Evelyn Garcia, Miss Paislee Garcia (AKA - The Shop Foreman), and finally Master Jaxon (AKA - The CEO), aunts & uncles Billy Jo Macias (Maggie), Mary Lee (Gilbert) Palacios and many cousins, his many fur babies Sparky, Hazel, Luna, Mocha & Lilly Bell and the neighborhood crew Tiva, Jo Bear, and Princess, and countless friends throughout our community and neighborhood.
Carla’s Forever Love,
Until we meet again… See you later!