Donald E. Martin

Born: Tue., Oct. 2, 1928
Died: Tue., May 7, 2019

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., May 10, 2019
Location: First Christian Church

Graveside Service

3:00 PM Fri., May 10, 2019

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Donald E. Martin, age 90, of Pittsfield, IL passed away on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL.  He was born on October 2, 1928 in Clayton, IL to Otis and Lena Osterman Martin.  He married Deloras Kelly in Clayton, IL on December 31, 1954, and she survives.

Don graduated from Clayton High School in 1946, where he played many sports and received the Chicago Tribune Honorable Mention Award for basketball.  He went on to join the United States Army and was awarded two bronze stars for his service in the Korean War in the 2nd Infantry Division.   After his Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Army, Don began his career as a bricklayer/plasterer contractor.  He and Deloras then moved to Pittsfield in 1965 to begin working for Moormon’s, later worked for Cargill, and then returned to farming and contracting.  Don was a longtime member of the Pittsfield First Christian Church, a member of the Pittsfield American Legion Post #152, and a past member of the Pittsfield Moose Lodge #420.  

Don was an avid sports fan and a huge supporter of the Pittsfield sports teams, being voted Mr. Saukee three different times.  He also loved fishing, as well as quail and pheasant hunting.  He and Deloras travelled all over the world together to places such as Hawaii, Alaska, Europe, and the Caribbean, which they greatly enjoyed.   Don was a jack of all trades and was known in the community as the person to call when something needed fixed.  He was very dedicated to the town and the people living in it, never meeting a stranger.  He was a loving and devoted father and husband, and will be missed for his great sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Deloras; his son, Jeff (Susan) Martin of Rockwall, Texas; grandchildren, Kaytlyn (Shelby) Richard of Pineville, LA and Hannah Kennedy of Salt Lake City, UT; a great grandson, Caleb Richard; brother-in-law, Vernon Kelly of Quincy, IL; nieces and nephews, Chris Moore, Lena Borrowman, Danny Martin, Judy Hull, Darcie Brooks, Lena Kelly, Greg Kelly, Ricky Kelly, Connie Kelly, and Crystal Kelly.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Otis and Lena Martin; brothers, Russell Martin, Roy Martin, and Arthur Martin; and a sister, Rosalie Pratt.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 10, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Pittsfield First Christian Church.  Visitation will be held prior to the service on Friday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the church.  There will be a graveside service on Friday, May 10, 2019 at 3:00 PM at the Clayton Southside Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to the Pittsfield First Christian Church or to St. John’s Hospice.  Online condolences may be left to the family at  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Donald's memory to the following organizations:

Pittsfield First Christian Church

St. John's Hospice
Springfield, IL

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Marietta Hughes
   Posted Tue May 07, 2019
So sorry to read of Son's passing, my sympathy to you Delores & family. Don truly was a man who always had something funny to say, he could sure brighten a person's day. I read graveside service will be in Clayton, that is where Jim's grave is.

Craig and Monica Beard
   Posted Tue May 07, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with Don's family. Don was always ready to tell a story about Jeff and the grandkids. He also wanted to know all about Craig and I and about the kids and grandkids. He was a very special man. The town of Pittsfield has lost a treasure. Hugs!

Peggy (Ducey) Hobbs
   Posted Wed May 08, 2019
So sorry to hear of Don's passing. My condolences to you and your family.

Greg & Kathryn Kelly
   Posted Wed May 08, 2019
Dear Aunt Dee, Jeff & Susan, and family,
Greg and I were so sorry to hear about Uncle Don's passing. We've been fondly recalling all the love and support you both showed us during our courtship, wedding and our move to Pittsfield for Greg to take the Supervisor of Assessments post 43 years ago. Uncle Don was truly one of a kind - an avid sportsman who always had a joke to share, a humble patriot who proudly served his country and his community. He was always so very proud of you, Jeff, and your accomplishments. We will all miss him very much.

karen adams
   Posted Thu May 09, 2019

A GARDEN PATH was sent by David .

Dear Dee, Jeff, Susan and family, We are deeply sorry to hear of the loss of sweet Daper Don. He was a bright spot for us and so many. I will miss his emails and witty comebacks and will miss being called LB (Little Britches). Keeping you in our prayers, David & Karen Adams

Troy, Shannon, Sarah & Daniel Parlin
   Posted Thu May 09, 2019
Dear Jeff and Susan,

Our thoughts and prayers are with You and Your Mom. Deepest Sympathy from the Four of us.

Troy, Shannon, Sarah and Daniel

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