Desmond R. McKnight

MADISON – Desmond R. McKnight, age 45, of Sun Prairie, passed away with family by his side on Sunday, July 7, 2024, at University Hospital in Madison.

Desmond was born December 29, 1978, in Peoria, Illinois, the son of Donald and Irene (Carter) McKnight.

Desmond worked as a truck driver for Waste Management and a driver for Limo Kings.  He enjoyed traveling with his family, Melissa and Devin.  He was a real “people person”, enjoying the company of others.  Desmond was best known for his smile, positive attitude, and trademark laugh.

Desmond is survived by his wife, Melissa; their son, Devin; his mother, Irene; brother, Derrick Carter; sister, Toya McKnight; and niece, Ayana.  He is further survived by his in-laws, Gary and Connie Fredrick, Andy Fredrick (Mallory Walters), Steve (Lucia) Fredrick, Sharon (Ross) Manthey, and Shelley Granberg (Jim Jackson); long-time family friend, Adriane Gill; other relatives, and many friends.  He was preceded in death by his father, Donald; grandmother, Louise Carter; uncle, Odell Johnson; and sister-in-law, Jennifer Fredrick.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 17, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. at the Pflanz Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage with Rev. Andrew Leisher presiding.  Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. until the time of service at 5:00 p.m.  Inurnment will be private at a later date.

Pflanz Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage is assisting the family.