Donnell (Don), better known in Austin, TX as MC Overlord, was born in St. Louis, MO in August 1969. Don’s mother, Mercedes, preceded him in death 2 ½ months prior to his death. Don has had several other family members on his mother’s to precede him in death, including his grandparents, Lonnie and Cora Maclin. He had two aunts and three uncles (Ernestine, Martha (Doll), Louis, Lonnie, and Jessie also to precede him in death. Don is also survived by two uncles (Charles [Charlie] and Larry) and one aunt (Susie).
Don is the youngest of six children. Four of his siblings, his sisters Deborah (Debbie) Maclin, Kim and Tracy Robinson, and his brother Rickey (Rick) Maclin, who is a twin, all reside in St. Louis, MO. His sister, Vickey Maclin, who is Rickey’s twin, resides in Charlotte, NC. Don also leaves behind six nephews, one niece, one great-nephew and two great-nieces. He had one cousin to precede him in death, but is survived by several cousins, who will miss him dearly.
Don attended grade school, junior high, and high school in Ladue School District in St. Louis, MO. While there he developed some close, life-long friends. After graduating from high school he decided to go to school in Austin, Texas. He began college, but did not finish. He left because of his long-term interest in writing music and performing as a rap artist. His desire to pursue music as a hip-hop artist began to take off while he was living in Austin. He worked long and hard in ATX to make a name for himself and his music—and he did as MC Overlord and Big Don.
After Don’s mother’s memorial service he was hospitalized for several weeks and remained in St. Louis to heal. He was eventually released to fly, and was extremely excited to get back to ATX. He continued to heal, while in Austin, and had several close friends who were there to help him along the way. He began to take steps to get back to his life, his job, his music and entertaining in Austin.
Don’s mother had a strong faith in God and he grew up learning about his own faith and made his own personal faith decision as a young man. Even though he made that decision he did not turn away from what he also loved—his music and entertaining in Austin. Don’s friends, family, and the city of Austin lost a great man way too early and have missed him since his death on September 12, 2018.