Douglas Swan Martenson
Died: August 24, 2021
Douglas Swan Martenson passed away in his home on August 24 at the age of 65. His middle name is in honor of his grandfather from Swedish descent. He was raised on a farm in rural Shabbona. He enjoyed riding bikes to the creek, fishing, showing pigs and steers at the county fairs, Halloween pranks, going to movies and just being social. No matter where Doug was, even in other states, he would run into someone he knew! After graduating from Shabbona High School in 1974, he attended Illinois State University and then later Iowa University earning a Bachelor Degree.
Doug's work career encompassed Grain Management, Commercial/Farm Real Estate, Ideal Industries, while ending up his career as Maintenance Foreman with Target. He worked for Target for several years and when needed he would travel to the different store locations to help out.
Doug continued to help on the family farm during planting and harvest seasons. In his spare time Doug loved to travel. He visited family in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Florida; however, Jamaica became his favorite spot to vacation. He would visit there every winter, extending the stays each year. He had hoped to buy a place there someday and waste the time away on the Beach.
Doug loved growing flowers and vegetables, specifically green peppers and tomatoes! He took pride in getting his garden in early and protected it from the varmints. He would even educate neighbors of the importance of chicken wire. He often would send pictures of his daily harvest.
Doug also loved to fish. He managed to take many fishing trips on Lake Michigan with great results! He would readily share his simple tricks when asked.
Doug never married but enjoyed his extended family, especially his niece and nephews. They all brought joy to him in different ways.
Doug is survived by a sister Karla (Paul) Creed, brother Jeffrey (Debra) Martenson; Nephews, Austin (Jessica) Creed, Tyler Creed, Brandon Creed, Dillon Martenson, Niece Bailey Martenson and great niece/nephew Jaclyn and Hunter Creed. Preceding his death are his parents John and Mildred Martenson.
Graveside services will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Shabbona, IL on Saturday, August 28. Visitation with viewing will be at 10:30 A.M. with service to follow at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Peter Kolb officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in memory of Doug to our Martenson Family Scholarship at DeKalb County Community Foundation. A deserving Agricultural student from Indian Creek receives a scholarship each year with hopes we can make it a continuing legacy.
Arrangements by Jacobson-Torman Funeral Home, Shabbona.
Published by The MidWeek News from Aug. 26 to Aug. 27, 2021.