Don R. Martin, 72, of Atkinson, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at Hammond-Henry Hospital Emergency Room. Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Atkinson, where military honors were accorded by the Atkinson American Legion following the service. A visitation was two hours prior to the funeral, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be left to the Don Martin Memorial Fund. Per his wishes, cremation rites were accorded following the services.

Don R. Martin, 72, of Atkinson, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at Hammond-Henry Hospital Emergency Room. Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Atkinson, where military honors were accorded by the Atkinson American Legion following the service. A visitation was two hours prior to the funeral, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be left to the Don Martin Memorial Fund. Per his wishes, cremation rites were accorded following the services.

Don was born Sept. 17, 1945, the son of Raymond and Arlene (Jackson) Martin, in Kewanee. He was a graduate of Kewanee High School, Class of 1963. Don married Barbara Vandersnick on July 6, 1974, in Atkinson. He was a mechanic, working for VerStraete’s Garage in Atkinson for 10 years. Don then went to work for the Village of Atkinson, making it his career for 37 years. He served the Atkinson Fire Department for 30 years. Don was a Henry County Farm Bureau member and belonged to the Atkinson American Legion. He was a very talented mechanic and enjoyed working on cars and tractors. Don was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Barb; son, Brock Martin, of Kewanee; and two granddaughters, Hannah and Eliana; and his sister, Ethel (Mike) Pries, of Geneseo. He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Arlene, and by an infant brother.