Donald Owen Martinson, age 72, loved by all who had the privilege of knowing him, passed away of heart failure on April 6, l998.
Known to his friends as "Mitty", "Marty" and "the Shark", Don was born on March 3, l926 in Salt Lake City, Utah, the son of Pearl H. and Arthur Owen Martinson. He graduated from East High School and at age 17, enlisted in the United States Navy in which he served for two years during World War II. Upon his return from the Navy, Don attended the University of Utah and the University of Southern California. He was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity. In 1950, he married Donna Jean Curtis, with whom he had eight children: Pamela, Jon, Eric, James, Nancy, Dana, Donald Jr. ("Doni") and Holly.Don enjoyed a long and successful career in the insurance business. He began his profession with Fireman's Fund in San Francisco and Great Western Insurance Company in Salt Lake City. In 1961, Don joined Din Morris and Bud Kaiser to create the Martinson, Kaiser & Morris Agency in Salt Lake City. In 1966, he and his family moved to Los Angeles, California, where he was affiliated with the Albert G. Reuben Agency. Upon his return to Salt Lake City, he spent several years as an independent agent. As an active member of the Republican Party, Don was the president of the Young Republicans of Utah in 1963, a delegate to the 1964 Republican Convention in San Francisco and a delegate to the European NATO convention in 1965. His keen interest in politics sustained him throughout his life.
To all who knew him, Don was a consummate gentleman and loyal friend. Graced with a razor-sharp wit, a tender heart and eternal optimism, Don delighted and edified us with stories and observations that spoke volumes about the human condition. His inimitable sense of humor and genuine joie de vivre helped us all navigate through turbulent times. In addition to being a well-respected businessman, Don was an avid reader, an accomplished painter, and a connoisseur of music. He was devoted to his family, and was never too busy to express the pride and joy he felt as a son, brother, husband, father and grandfather.
He is survived by his mother, Pearl; his sister, Darlene; his beloved, Donna; six of his eight children: Pamela, Jon, James, Nancy, Dana and Doni; 13 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be held Friday, April 10, l998 at 2 p.m. at Larkin Mortuary Chapel, 260 East South Temple, Salt Lake City. Interment, Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
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