Sokha “Donut Danny” Din, 51 years old, drowned at Choke Canyon Reservoir after attempting to recover his boat that drifted off the bank around 9 p.m. Saturday night.
Danny owned the Donut Palace in Pleasanton and was extremely well liked amongst the community.
“We were neighbors for the past three years,” Sherry Glaser, owner of Sherry’s in Pleasanton said.
“He and his wife were every day customers of mine. He was loved by everyone and made jokes about everything.”
Danny’s boat was beached by his family’s campsite after fishing earlier in the day.
His boat drifted away from the bank when Danny noticed and he proceeded to swim after the boat, but submerged roughly 80 yards off the shore.
After Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) Game Wardens from the surrounding counties searched for Danny, the Corpus Christi Police Department (CCPD) was dispatched for assistance.
According to TPWD, game wardens used their sonar/scanning hardware, but were unsuccessful.
A diver from the CCPD found the body in the murky water by a feel and touch method Sunday.
“He absolutely loved fishing,” Sherry said.
“I’m still in shock, but people’s comments on Facebook are great to see.”
Din is survived by his wife, Chanda Din, daughter Tiffany Din, and two sons Christopher Din and Nathan Din.
A memorial service will be held for Din at the Cowboy Fellowship in Jourdanton on Tuesday, June 28 with visitation from 6-7 p.m. and services from 7-8 p.m.
Funeral services will be held in Houston.
The Din family has created a GoFundMe account to help with funeral costs, which can be accessible through Facebook.