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Darwin Gonnerman Obituary
January 3, 1947 - - February 7, 2015
Darwin Lynn Gonnerman passed away in New Braunfels, Texas, on February 7, 2015, at the age of 68 after a brief stay in the hospital. He was born in Luverne, Minnesota, January 3, 1947, to Josie Remme and John Wesley Gonnerman. He was preceded in death by his brother Keith. He is survived by his partner Dondee Gage Steves; his daughter Alexis Jean Northrip, husband David, and granddaughters September and Brooks; his son Ty Wesley; his brother Delbert and wife Betty; his sister-in-law Sharon; numerous nieces, and nephews; and Cotton, his beloved 32-year old Appaloosa mare.

Darwin graduated from South Dakota State University with a BS and from Central Michigan University with an MA. He played football in college and was selected to play on the Small College All-America Football Team in 1967. After college he played for three teams in the Canadian Football League. In 1994 he was inducted into the South Dakota State University Athletic Hall of Fame. After serving in the US Army, Darwin settled in San Antonio, Texas, where he worked for many years as a project manager in the software development field.

Darwin was devoted to animals and served on many committees for the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. He was a lifetime member of the San Antonio Livestock Exposition. In addition to the many friends he acquired over the years, he leaves behind his five 'hospice horses' ages 15 to 32; three devoted dogs: Shawnee, Sadie Lynn, and Lucy Jean; and a small herd of deer to whom he regularly tossed tortillas in the front yard.

For those wishing to make charitable contributions in Darwin's honor, write the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo at: S.A.L.E., In Honor of Darwin Gonnerman, 723 AT&T Center Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78219 or South Dakota State University at: SDSU Foundation, 815 Medary Ave., Box 525, Brookings, SD 57007. A Memorial gathering will be held at a later date.

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Published in Express-News on Feb. 15, 2015
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