Donald (Don or Donnie) Ruland of Key West passed away on April 8 at his residence of natural causes. He was 61 and originally from Chicago. Don served his country in the United State's Air Force. For the past 25 years he has been a nightly craftsman at the Mallory Square Sunset Celebration weaving hat and baskets from coconut fronds.
He is survived by his mother Roberta Ruland and sister Anne Jimenez of Berwyn, Illinois and his daughter Kimberly Grigutis and four grandchildren in Austin, Texas. Donnie will be missed by his family and friends who appreciated his good heart and kind spirit. May he rest in peace.
A memorial service will be held at Mallory Square after Sunset Celebration tonight.