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Donald W. Martinell

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Donald W. Martinell

Donald Martinell, 78, of Sioux Falls, died Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at Sanford Foundation Hospice Cottage following a brief illness.

Donald W. Martinell was born March 6, 1939 in rural Lake County, South Dakota. He grew up in that area until entering military service at age 17. He was first with the National Guard, then went to active duty status with the Navy in 1956. He received his honorable discharge from the Navy in 1960.

On September 30, 1960, he was united in marriage with Charla Hamner at Pipestone, MN. The couple lived in Sioux Falls where Don was employed with Dakota Iron and Golden Sun Feeds. He later began a 27 year career with the South Dakota Department of Corrections, serving as a correctional officer and training officer. He retired in 1993.

His memberships include First United Methodist Church and the South Dakota Peace Officers Association.

Grateful for having share his life are his wife, Charla, of Sioux Falls, SD; one son, Terry (Cathy) Martinell of Brooklyn Center, MN; one daughter, Cathy (Kevin) Miller of Sioux Falls, SD; 2 grandchildren, London Miller and Dawson Miller; and a half-sister, Michele White of Brookings, SD.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Lee; and a sister, Elva Becker.

Memorial services will begin 11:00 am Monday at First United Methodist Church. Interment will be in Hills of Rest Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 2:00-3:30 pm Sunday at Miller Funeral Home, Main Avenue location.
Published in The Argus Leader on Sept. 22, 2017
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