Donald J. Martens

June 21, 1931 – July 18, 2014

Donald J. Martens, 83, of Palmyra, died on July 18, 2014, at Fairhaven in Whitewater. Donald was born on June 21, 1931, son of the late John and Leona Martens.

Donald was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and was very proud and dedicated to his service. He was a member of the Palmyra Methodist Church, the American Legion Thomas Holcomb Post 304 and the Palmyra Masonic Lodge #68. Donald served on the Palmyra Volunteer Fire Department and enjoyed driving school bus during his retirement.

Donald was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia; son Jeff; brothers, Dale, Marvin, and Arthur; and sisters, Evelyn, Inez, Geraldine, and Helen.

Donald is survived by his children, Robin Martens and Kim (Mark) Murn; daughter-in-law, Lynn Martens (spouse of Jeff); grandchildren, Matthew (Andie), Jacob (Shaina), Michael (Tanya), Alex, Haley, Courtney, Emily, and Allison; and sisters Glenice (Vincent) Rychlewski and Frances (Roger) Tuttle. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

A funeral service for Donald will be held on Friday, July 25, at 1:30pm with Pastor Steven Blyth officiating, at Haase-Lockwood & Associates Funeral Home, 320 W. Main St., Palmyra. Visitation will be held from 11am to the time of the service. Donald will be laid to rest at Hillside Cemetery of Palmyra, following the funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Donald’s name to the Palmyra Methodist Church, 122 N. 5th St., Palmyra.

Haase-Lockwood & Associates Funeral Homes and Crematory of Palmyra is assisting the family, 262-495-2127. For the online guest registry, visit