Corporal Donald Matthew Marler
Marler, Corporal Donald Matthew Lost but not forgotten, age 22, made the ultimate sacrifice on June 6th, 2010 while serving his country as a Marine in the Helmand Province in Afghanistan. Donald was born on August 12th, 1987 in St. Louis, MO to David Marler Sr. and Susan (nee Florian) Marler. He attended Oakville Senior High School, where he graduated in 2006. At Oakville Don played basketball and was active in school athletics. Donald chose to miss high school graduation to enter early into the Marine Corp. He was an avid Marine and served in the Presidential Security detail at Camp David, where he guarded President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. David requested specifically to enter Marine Corp Unit 3/1, so he could serve his country in Afghanistan. he was deployed in April 2010 and was in Afghanistan until his passing last Sunday. Donald was an enthusiastic athlete and a faithful son, grandson, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. Most importantly Donald was a passionate Marine who placed service to his country far higher that anything else. Donald is survived by his mother Susan Florian Marler, his father David Marler Sr., his sister Jennifer Marler Pupillo (Mike), his brothers David Marler Jr. and LCpl Jacob Marler, his niece Mia Pupillo and his grandparents Vallie and Donald Marler and Edward Florian (USN Ret.). Donald is also survived by his girlfriend Joelle Kearns, who he loved dearly, and many cousins, aunts, uncles and friends. Services: The visitation for Corporal Donald Marler will be held between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Monday, June 14th at Oakville Senior High School, 5557 Milburn Rd., St. Louis, MO 63129. Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 15th at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4556 Telegraph Rd., St. Louis, MO 63129. Interment Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with full Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, Don's family asks that donations be made to Fisher House Foundation, Inc. or Cardinals Care. KUTIS SOUTH COUNTY SERVICE.

Published by St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Jun. 13, 2010.
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Rest In Peace young man.Your sacrifice can never be repaid, but will always be honored and remember by a grateful nation.
Anne Jahnke (Daughter, wife, and mother of military veterans of WWII, Vietnam, Iraq)
Anne Jahnke
May 28, 2018
To the family and friends of Cpl Marler: we will be honoring him this weekend, please contact me if we might be able to share pictures and our thoughts with you. Regardless, thank you for your ongoing strength in honoring his memory. Our thoughts will be with you, this weekend and always. [email protected]
Aaron Schmidt
June 16, 2015
Remembering your son on his Angelversary. As long as he is remembered Donald will always be with you.
Carol Biggerstaff
June 6, 2013
June 6, 2012
To the family and friends of Cpl. Donald Marler:
Please accept my remembrance of Donald on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
June 9, 2012
June 6, 2011
To the family and friends of Cpl. Donald Marler:
Remembering Donald on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
June 7, 2011
Remembering you on Memorial Day Weekend. Your sacrifice is never forgotten. I learned of your death through my son Cpl Janos Varga
Miranda Varga
May 27, 2011
God Bless you Corporal Donald Matthew Marler and your family. RIP. You are in our hearts and prayers. Donahue's
March 8, 2011
To the family of Cpl. Donald Marler:
Donald gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
Peggy Childers
March 6, 2011
Ill miss you, but I know wherever you are you're prepared.
October 7, 2010
God bless Cpl.Marler, and I am forever grateful for his heroic service for our country. I pray that his family and friends find comfort and peace through his eternal love. Semper Fidelis.
Dorothy Sherrow(mother of a Marine)
August 31, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Julie Fenandez
August 10, 2010
Prayer for Peace

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

stephanie rafoss
August 1, 2010
I know there are no words to say at this time, except how sorry that I am. I truly feel your loss and pain. My thoughts and prayers are with you always. Donald will never be forgotten.

For you every single soldier
Those who served so honorable
Your life was forever altered
While I’m home safe and free
I stand with grateful admiration
I stand respectful and so proud
I know I’m only a civilian
And I don’t even know if it’s allowed

But I salute you; allow me the honor
to salute you with permission let me say
Even though I hold no rank know that from my heart
My humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.
I salute you.

For those missing in action;
for those who didn’t make it home.
I know you’re in God’s presence you are not alone.
For every neatly folded flag;
for every shattered family
I will do the only thing I know to dignify your memory.

I salute you, allow me the honor
to salute you with permission let me say
even though I hold no rank know that from my heart
my humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.

I salute you .

Suzanne MacDaniel - A Proud Aunt
SGT. David M. Fisher
KIA 12/1/04 - Iraq
June 21, 2010
June 20, 2010
The Final Salute

“Brothers in Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to Cpl. Donald Marler our Brother in Arms. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Donald. And to Donald it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the ultimate sacrifice he made for his country while opposing enemy forces in Afghanistan. No greater love is shown than a man lay down his life for another. Donald, you are a brave Marine Warrior, a true Patriot and a national Hero. With your passing, our Country has lost a National Treasure. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the 1,353 members of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion in Shreveport, Louisiana, I extend our sympathies and our condolences to Donald’s family and loved ones. Semper Fi !

Dennis N. Engdahl, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 S. Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109
For the Commander, Carroll R. Michaud
June 17, 2010
Bridget Marler
June 16, 2010
To the Marler family and Joelle's family. We met Don at Christmas and Easter and he was a wonderful young man and will be missed by so many!! I only wish we had more time with him. He was so brave!!! Joelle's Aunt Susan in Sodus, NY.
June 16, 2010
Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your Hero, and my sincerest gratitude for his service. May God grant you peace and strength. Semper Fi CPL Marler.

The Land of the Free, Because of the Brave

Proud aunt of a Hero
PFC Chase Edwards, USMC
KIA 06Apr2006, OIF
Renee Owens
June 15, 2010
Although I have never met Cpl. Donald Marler, I want to thank him for the ultimate sacrifice he made. I was standing on Telegraph across from the church today and again at the entrance to Sheridan Rd @ Telegraph to show my support and respect for him, his family and friends. I pray that you will feel the presence of God during this very difficult time. ((( HUGS )))
Kate Hegger
June 15, 2010
Dear Mrs. Pupillo and Family,
I am really sorry for your loss. I remember in fourth grade how proud you were of your brother. I am thankful for your brother and all the military people who work to protect our country. I know you are sad and I hope it will help to know that people are thinking of you and your family. Again, I am really sorry.
William and Family
William Wideman
June 15, 2010
I did not know your son, but want to thank you for him and his fighting to give us our freedom. The is no loss greater then that of a child. Know that God is with him and you as well. We do not understand why God takes some people but he has his reasons. He loves us and will be there to give you and your family strength. Again thank you for your some and what he gave us. God Bless!
Marie Parsons
June 15, 2010
Thank you to Corporal Marler for his love of our country and his sacrifice. I have two in the military. Corporal Marler is just a few days younger than my youngest son, so my heart is deeply touched by his youth and commitment. May you know God's peace.
Cathy R. St. Louis
June 15, 2010
My heart is so deeply saddened by your most profound loss. Having lost someone very close who served I realize that we continued to be guaranteed our freedoms because of the couragous men and woman like Corporal Donald Marler. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult of times.
Claudia Stotler
June 15, 2010
Thank you for your service to our country. May you rest in peace. To the family-I hope you will find comfort in the memories of this fine young man. I do not know you but wanted to express my sympathies to your family. I have 2 family members currently serving in the Marine Corps.God Bless you!
June 15, 2010
In Humble Tribute, to this Brave Young Marine, who has given his life, in the Service of our Country and for Freedom, With profound gratitude for his Courage, and his Unselfish Dedication and Service.

Rest Safely now, Cpl Donald Marler, in the Hands of God and may the Peace of God be with your loving family.
Those who Make these Sacrifices, So Many and So Young, shall Never Be Forgotten, my brother among them, killed in action in Vietnam in 1967.

Tell them of us, and say...
For their tomorrows...
We gave our today.

I am sincerely hoping that you feel the thoughts of caring and support that surround you today and in the days ahead, as this Grateful Country mourns with you, for someone very precious to you, who is a True American Hero to all of us.
I am So Deeply Sorry for your Loss.
Garnet Jenkins
June 15, 2010
We will never be able to Thank your son and all the soliders and the families for their services and sacrifices that they provide to keep our country safe! God Bless You

A mom of a United States Solider serving in Iraq
Terry Flores
June 15, 2010
Donna Holt
June 15, 2010
In recognition of Corporal Donald Marler's Honorable Service in the United States Marine Corps, the members of the SSgt Walter F. 'Trae' Cohee III Detachment # 115, Salisbury, MD of the Marine Corps League would like to extend our appreciation and gratitude for his service to God, Country and Corps as well as our sincere condolences to his family.


Don Elseroad
Staff Sergeant USMC (Ret)
MCL Detachment # 115
Don Elseroad
June 15, 2010
Our flag flies free in a land we love because of men and women like Donald Marler. He heard the call of his country and did not hesitate to answer that call.

Donald gave his tomorrows for our todays, his sacrifice and the sacrifices of his family will never be forgotten.

The gates to heaven are lined with those who have gone before Donald to welcome him to his new home. Brave men and women who also gave their all.
Carol Biggerstaff
June 15, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with all Don's loved ones. My daughter attended Oakville with Don, she speaks very highly of him. May God help you through this very difficult time and any difficult time in the future.
Tina Mathis/Vogel
June 15, 2010
Our thougts and prayers are with you through these trying times. Donald is a hero that will not be forgotten.
Scott,Lauren,Kevin and Charles Dugan
June 15, 2010
Sue, My thoughts go out to you and your family. Your son was obviously a passionate and brave Marine. We can never thank your son, the other soldiers, and the families enough for their service and sacrifices.
Michelle Nichols
June 15, 2010
To Corporal Donald Matthew Marler,
Thank You for protecting us, and giving the ultimate price for the freedom we all have as we write our words to you and your family. I placed my Flag out for you today. The subdivision here in Oakville, displays our thankfulness and honor we have for you this day as you today. As I look outside my front door window, flags are flying on every home I see. Thank You so much. The Marler family will be in my daily thoughts and prayers. I'm so sorry you died protecting our freedom. How do we thank you and your family enough. Words don't convey our gratitude and our heart brokenness for you and your family.
Thank You Brave Soldier Corporal Donald Marler.
June 14, 2010
Our prayers and thoughts are with the family of Donald Marler. We Know he his now with his maker and we pray for the Lord's Comfort and Grace for his Family.
The Johnsons
June 14, 2010
I work with one of Donald's cousins, Clint. He spoke of Donald often and was so proud of his service to our country. The entire family is in my thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your loss.
Gail Worthy
June 14, 2010
Dear Marler Family,
I did not know your handsome son, but am deeply saddened to read of his death. As a St. Louisian, former South County resident, and as an American, my heart and prayers go out to your family. Corporal Marler must have been a hero at his young age, and died protecting our freedom and great county. Thank you for your service to our country, Corporal Marler.
June 14, 2010
A hero memorial on Flag Day. A hero who placed his duty to country above all else. Duty to a country who's flag he served under and now rests under. I'm heartbroken over his loss yet blessed and honored to have had him shared with a nation who shall remain forever grateful. His legacy of freedom lives on.
Laura VPMM of Sgt. Derek, 3 OIF Tours
June 14, 2010
God bless The Marler Family! Our prayers are with Donald and you during this difficult time.
The Bagwells
June 14, 2010
Donald was in our cub scout den for several years and graduated from Oakville HS with our son Jeff Matthews. Donald was a sweet, sweet boy who turned into an impressive young man. We are so very sorry for your loss.
Tim & Kelli Williams
June 14, 2010
My thoughts and prayers will always be with the Marler family and friends! Such heroes should never be forgotten and always remembered for their service to keep us safe!
Bridget Brandon
June 14, 2010
I am truly sorry for your loss.I would like to personally thank you for letting your son serve his country, where he made the ultimate sacrifice. I know my words are not enough to help you through this time of sorrow but Im sorry anyway.GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND THE AMERICAN SOLDIER
June 14, 2010
God Bless you and your family. Thank you for keeping us safe.
Pat Gahn
June 14, 2010
Sue, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!
Laura Needham
June 14, 2010
God bless the Marler famliy God bless our troops.
Charlie Merx
June 14, 2010
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Bob and Barb Furrer
June 14, 2010
From an old friend, Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of a brave and noble soldier who sacrificed all to keep our country safe, From the 1979 basketball team at HHS.
June 14, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with the Marler family at this time. I am thankful for all the men and women who knowing make that sacrafice everyday, so we may live in a country where we are free. My son is Corporal Nikolas Sargent, United States Marine Corps, and he graduated from Oakville in 2007. My heart aches for you loss. Corporal Marler will forever be a hero in my eyes and the eyes of every American.
Karen Beetz
June 13, 2010
Heaven was needing a Hero
Kathy Myers
June 13, 2010
Aunt Vallie & Uncle Don,
Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and the rest of your family at this very sad time in your lives. May God bless you with wonderful memories to comfort you.
Janet Lorts
June 13, 2010
Our hearts go out to you at the loss of your son. Thank you for his service and ultimate sacrifice.
He was a good friend of our grandson.
Sara & Darrell Fouch
June 13, 2010
Our thoughts are with the Marler family and our cousin Joelle Kearns, and all those who loved Don. He was an amazing man who taught our family much in the short time we knew him. Our kids will always remember him as a true hero.
Paul & Victoria Kearns
June 13, 2010
Our hearts are aching for the Marler family and the Kearns family. Don will be sadly missed. Cousins of Joelle Kearns. may God comfort you. Gail and Bud Snave, NC
June 13, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I met Don for the first time the night before 3/1 deployed. My son, Cpl. Dan Burke served with Don at Camp David and then again with 3/1. They were best friends. Dan always talked about Don and I feel they were like brothers

As a Retired Marine and the father of a Marine I share your loss very deeply.
Bob Burke
June 13, 2010
To the Marler Family,

What a very special son/brother/grandson/uncle you were blessed with!!!! Our sincere condolences and wishes that your hearts can feel happy again.

The Torno Family (Oakville, MO)
June 13, 2010
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Clarence D. Bliss
June 13, 2010
I am so sorry for your loss. Don was a great person and it is with a heavy heart that I write this message. I will keep you all in my prayers. Children are one of our greatest gifts and I am so sorry that your son is gone. I want to thank you for Don's service to our country and for him sharing his life with Joelle. He made her very happy.

Sherry Williams
fiancée of Scott Kearns
June 13, 2010
Carol Hennemann
June 13, 2010
I did not know Corporal Marler, however I am a Marine, and a member of the Marine Corps League, Jeffco Detachment. God Bless you, his family members, and the United States Marine Corps. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice.
Ron Bartholome
June 13, 2010
my thoughts & prayers are with the Marler family, friends, & my niece Joelle. Don was a wounderful man. we will always miss him by but we will never forget him. love aunt dawn
dawn kearns-hall
June 13, 2010
We are so very sorry for your loss. We thank you for your son's service to our country. Please know that you are in our prayers.

Scott & Sue Fouch
parents of Sgt. Reyner Fouch
June 13, 2010
While did not know Corporal Marler, we would just like to offer our prayers for your family and thank the corporal for his service.
charles rotter
June 13, 2010
My condolences to the family. Heaven holds a special place for heros.
June 13, 2010
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