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David Charles "Digger" Lanier
August 7, 1962 ~ January 20, 2024 (age 61) 61 Years Old
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David C. “Digger” Lanier, 61, of Massillon, passed away unexpectedly, Saturday morning, January 20, 2024. Born in Massillon, August 7, 1962, a son to the late Robert and Dolores (Legg) Lanier, Digger graduated from Washington High School with the Class of 1981. A gifted mechanic, even back in high school, Digger loved working on cars and trucks, and nothing escaped his keen eye or sharp ear when it came to making them run just right. Open and honest, he earned the trust of his customers who quickly and easily became his friends. There were several different locations where he practiced his trade, most notably, as Parts Manager for the former Lincoln Way Motors, and in the bays at Hammer’s Marathon on Massillon’s west side.
A devoted partner and a loving and supportive dad, step-dad, and grandpa, David loved his family and extended family and friends very much. He enjoyed their company traveling to NASCAR events or just watching the race or other sporting events on tv. He got a kick out of collecting Hot Wheels and larger, diecast models of his favorite classic and muscle cars, and was just entering the hobby of model railroading.
Predeceased by his mom and dad; and his sister, Rebecca Lynn Lanier Black; David is survived by his longtime significant other, Melinda West, of the home; his daughter, Devin Lanier, of Massillon, and son, Dustin Lanier, of Canton; step-daughters, Mandy (David) Amstutz, of Brewster, and Mitzi (Jacob) Gill, of Perry Township; and four step-grandchildren. A brother, Randall Lanier, also survives, together with two nieces, and many, many very good friends.
Cremation has taken place. There are no formal services. The family is planning a celebration of David’s life that will be announced at a later date. Atkinson Feucht Hare Funeral Home in Massillon has been entrusted with the immediate arrangements. Your memories and condolences are always welcome and may be added here to David’s on-line guestbook.