US Air Force

Donald Earl Martin Sr.

August 20, 1922 ~ January 21, 2021 (age 98)


Donald Earl Martin Sr., passed away at the age of 98, on Thursday, January 21, 2021, in Grand Meadow, Minnesota after a brief Illness.

Don was born August 20, 1922, to Earl and Mildred Martin. He was raised in Jefferson County and graduated from Fairfield High School. He married Janet Praefke on November 26, 1942, in Milwaukee. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1943. He and Janet made their home in Fairfield, Iowa and had three children: Donald Jr. Sandra, and Mary.

Don retired from Rockwell International and then worked for Tribune Printing. Don enjoyed spending time with his family and created many woodworking projects over the years as a hobby. After his wife passed away in 2008, he moved to Minnesota and had been residing with his daughter Mary in Dexter, Minnesota at the time of his death.

Don is survived by his son Donald (JoAnn) Martin Jr. of Fairfield and Mary Waugh of Dexter, Minnesota. He will be missed by his grandchildren; Kim (Steve) Myers of Packwood, IA., Mike Waugh of Pahrump, NV, Jeff (Jennifer) Martin of Fairfield, IA, Todd (Lisa) Martin of Libertyville, IA and Sean (Kerri) Waugh of Pahrump, NV. Don also leaves behind 12 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren.

Don was preceded in death by his brother Harold, daughter Sandra DeSmit, wife Janet, and grandson Adam Waugh.

A Celebration of Life will be held  1:00 p.m., Friday, June 11, 2021 at Evergreen Cemetery with Pastor Jim Cecil officiating.

Cards may be sent to Donald Martin Jr., 2075 Libertyville Road, Fairfield, Iowa 52556.


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Graveside Memorial Service
June 11, 2021

1:00 PM
Evergreen Cemetery
Kirkwood Street
Fairfield, IA 52556

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