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Donald Lee Martinette

December 21, 1952 — October 9, 2022

Drexel, Missouri

Donald Lee Martinette

Donald Lee Martinette, 69 years old, passed away on October 9, 2022, after a 10 year battle with Parkinson’s disease. Don was born December 21, 1952 in Nevada, MO to Doris Laverne (Stewart) and Lionel Leon (Lee) Martinette. He graduated from Archie High School in 1970, and joined the Army in 1971 and served through 1974. On April 17, 1972, Don married Karen Bishop, and they spent their first year of marriage in Okinawa, Japan, while Don was serving. Afterwards, he went to school at Electronics Institute. Don worked for Xerox for 30 years as a laser printer technician and retired in 2012. Don and Karen settled in Harrisonville, MO, where they lived for 20 years. In 1998, they fulfilled a lifelong dream and moved out to the farm. Don was an avid hunter and he loved going to Colorado to hunt elk annually. He enjoyed rifle and bow hunting and teaching all of his grandsons to hunt as well. Known to many as Papa Don, he was the resident expert on woodworking, electronics, knives, ammunition reloading, homemade fireworks and especially firearms. He had many hobbies, but his favorite thing was spending time with his kids and grandkids.

Don and Karen have two daughters: Bethany (Laith) Gilkeson and Gina Martinette. They also have seven grandchildren: Sarah Martinette, Riley (Lillian) Gilkeson, Ethan DeGraffenried, Grant Gilkeson, Adler Gilkeson, Anna Hope Gilkeson, Jada Gilkeson and their first great grandbaby is expected in April. Don has five siblings: Celeste Martinette of Higginsville, Rod (Jeanette) Martinette of Chattanooga, TN, Janet Blackmon of Holden, Jill (Rip) Matejka of Morrison, IA, and Carrie Martinette of Harrisonville.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Doris Martinette, brothers in law, Jim Seagraves, Rick Clevenger, and Daniel Blackmon, and nephew, Jason Kruid.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, October 15, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at the Harrisonville Community Church, Harrisonville, Missouri.

The family will receive friends Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the church.

Family suggest contributions can be made to Parkinson's Foundation. Please mail contributions to Dickey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 432, Harrisonville, Missouri 64701.

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Visitation

Saturday, October 15, 2022

12:30 - 2:00 pm (Central time)

Harrisonville Community Church

1606 Chapel Drive, Harrisonville, MO 64701

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, October 15, 2022

Starts at 2:00 pm (Central time)

Harrisonville Community Church

1606 Chapel Drive, Harrisonville, MO 64701

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