Donald D. (Don) Martin

Born: Wed., May 29, 1929
Died: Fri., Jul. 20, 2018


5:30 PM to 7:30 PM, Thu., Jul. 26, 2018
Location: Gude Mortuary

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Fri., Jul. 27, 2018
Location: Presbyterian Church

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Donald D. Martin, age 89 of Nebraska City passed away on Friday, July 20, 2018 at Morton Place in Nebr. City.

He was born on May 29, 1929 at the family home near Nehawka, NE; the son of George D. and Opal M. (Kizer) Martin.  He attended school in Union, NE.

Don entered the U.S. Navy on May 28, 1950 and proudly served his country during the Korean War.  He was honorably discharged on June 16, 1954.  He later served in the National Guard for some seven years.

He was united in marriage to Darlene L. Rogers on January 22, 1953 in Nebr. City, NE and they shared over 62 of their lives together until Darlene‘s death on August 30, 2015.

Following his discharge from the Navy, Don began working at American Meter Company.  In 1959, he began his career as a Police Officer at Nebr. City Police Department until 1984.  He then worked for the Nebraska Police Association for some three years traveling the State of Nebraska.  In 1987, he began service at the Otoe County Sheriff’s Office until retiring in 2006.  During this time he also worked for the Syracuse Police Dept. until 2007.  He was a member of the Eagles, American Legion, VFW, Western Star Masonic Lodge, Shriners and Scottish Rite.  He served on the Nebr. City Volunteer Fire Dept. for 25 years from 1969 to 1994.   He was an avid outdoorsman and a friend to many!

He is survived by his daughter Judy Hillman and husband Danny of Syracuse, NE; son Randy Martin and wife Julie of Fremont, NE; grandchildren:  Karrie Lu and husband Zouyan of Wisconsin and Clint Hillman and wife Molly of Dunbar, NE; step-granddaughter Amanda Hill and husband Blake of Fremont, NE, great-grandchildren:  Hazel Lu and Eloise Lu; step-granddaughter Anslie Koethe; sister Laverne Crunk and husband Louis of Nebr. City; sister-in-law Doris Martin and husband Lonnie of Nebr City; nieces, nephews, other family and many friends.

In addition to his wife Darlene, he was preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter Kelli Martin.

Funeral Services will be held Friday (7/27) at 2:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Nebr. City with Pastor Tom Osborne officiating.  Burial will follow in the Wyuka Cemetery with military honors conducted by the US Navy Funeral Honors Detail and Talmage, NE American Legion.
The family will greet friends from 5:30 p,m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Gude Mortuary in Nebr. City.

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Mike & Jeanene Pummel
   Posted Sun July 22, 2018
Dan & Judy, we are so sorry to hear of Don's passing. Know our thoughts and prayers
Are with you now & in the days to come. God's Blessings. Don was a wonderful friend
We will fondly remember him.

Rebecca Wood
   Posted Mon July 23, 2018
I'm sorry to hear about your loss! I remember Don while I was growing up.

Susan Prater
   Posted Mon July 23, 2018
Sorry to hear about this, he was a great guy. Remember working at the Legion Club he would volunteer on Friday nights and Sunday for lunch. Always had a story to tell. Will be greatly missed.

Patricia J Molloy
   Posted Mon July 23, 2018
Dan and I are so sorry to hear of Dons passing. We so enjoyed knowing him and will miss him greatly.

Kelly Stanley
   Posted Mon July 23, 2018
My condolences to Don's family.

Carlene and Dave
   Posted Tue July 24, 2018
Judy and Dan, Thoughts and prayers to you. I saw your Dad a few months ago at walmart, we had such a good visit, he will be missed. Carlene

Pat Tucker Hemker
   Posted Tue July 24, 2018
He will be missed .I remember him back in the day. God Bless his family and Nebraska City.

John Schueth
   Posted Tue July 24, 2018
Randy & Julie and Judy & Danny,
Deb and I were so sorry to learn of Don's passing. Randy and Judy, I remember meeting Don like it was just yesterday. Truly, our thoughts and prayers are with you and may our Lord's peace wrap around you.
John Schueth

Judy and Ernest Coe
   Posted Wed July 25, 2018
Judy and Randy: Corrected message!
Sorry to hear of your Dad's passing.
Ern and Don hunted together for several years.
Enjoyed knowing him and also your Mom.
God's Blessings to all of your family. With Love, Judy and Ernie

Debra and Mike Chesterman
   Posted Sat July 28, 2018
Dear Judy and Randy, Clint and Molly and all of Don's family,
We were so sad to hear of the passing of our friend Don. We were in South Dakota or certainly would have attended his memorial service. Don (and Darlene) were salt of the earth people, caring, loving, and kind everyone was Don's friend and he didn't know a stranger.
We knew his health was failing but he kept on until the last few months, we will miss him and offer prayers for all. Deepest Sympathy, Debby, and Mike

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