Donald J. Martens

Born on December 21, 1927

Departed on December 30, 2017 and resided in Nashville, TN

  • Visitation:
    • Saturday January 13, 2018 10:00am to 11:00am
  • Memorial Mass:
    • Saturday January 13, 2018 11:00am

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Don Martens

On December 30, 2017,
Don Martens left us to join our Heavenly Father. Don was a beloved father, husband, and grandfather. He was devoted to his wife of 66 years and his children. He was an active member of Holy Family Catholic Church, the American Legion, and Fraternal Order of the Elks. He was truly an original. He loved to tell jokes, make T-shirts with original slogans and proudly wear his blinky lights. He loved nothing more than for him and his bride to take the motor home on a road trip to discover some new place or revisit an old favorite. He smoked the best turkeys in the world. He loved to garden. He would tell you at length the best way to save money. He could spend hours in the grocery store looking for bargains and weighing the prepackaged bags of vegetables to see which one was the heaviest. He had many plans, but is now carrying them out in heaven. Survived by his wife, Josephine Martens, his four children: Renee Martens Wall (Richard), John Martens (Michele), Don Martens (Andra), and Joseph, Martens (Jessica), grandchildren: Nathan Wall, Dylan Wall and Anna-Kate Martens, and his sister Janis Tischendorf. His absence from our family is huge and our grief reflects the deep love we all have for him. His funeral mass will be at Holy Family Catholic Church on Saturday, January 13, 2018. Visitation from 10-11 AM; Mass at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations are made in his name to Alive Hospice.

7 Comments to Donald J. Martens

  1. Jerry and Trisha Strebel
    January 7, 2018 3:28 pm

    A very dear friend. strong Catholic family and proud veteran of World War 2

  2. Kasha Helget
    January 8, 2018 10:57 am

    Well, Uncle Don, I know that you’ll enjoy a front seat in heaven at every Super Bowl from now on. I expect to hear you cheer loudly when the Packers win it again. You are indeed an original. Please look down on us with the same love you shared with everyone during your life.

  3. Nancy Langdon
    January 8, 2018 3:15 pm

    Jim and I send our love and prayers

  4. Martina Hailey
    January 8, 2018 4:20 pm

    John, Renee and family:

    I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Martina Hailey

  5. Martina Hailey
    January 8, 2018 4:21 pm

    Martina Hailey

    John, Renee and family:

    I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Martina Hailey

  6. Joseph and Sharon Mallek
    January 9, 2018 6:53 pm

    Josie and Family

    Our hearts and prayers go out to you on the loss of your loved one. Wish we could physically be there with you, but will be there in spirit. Now I don’t know how I will keep my supply of Christian Brothers Brandy that Don is gone!! We used to bet on those Tn. and Ky. games with the winner getting the Christian Brothers. Will miss you Don!!

  7. Tommy Ducklo
    January 10, 2018 2:16 pm

    Renee, THE TWINS and Joe, your Dad was an originall as I remember how my parents always enjoyed The Martens stopping by for “refreshments “. Your Dad would make the evening with his jokes and endearing personality.
    Thinking and praying for your family during this difficult time.

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