Donald ‘Don’ Lee Marr, age 84, of Carlsbad, NM passed away on Sunday, April 05, 2015. Don was born in Riceville, Iowa on November 16, 1930. He was preceded in death by his parents, Avery Peter Marr and Catherine (Regan) Marr-Hemerson and sister Darlene Marr Haskovic. Don is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joan Marie (Bode) Marr. He is also survived by six children & spouses; Russ Marr & wife Laura of Albuquerque, Jeanine Moore & husband Deryl of Albuquerque, Roger Marr of Oregon, Julie Marr of Texas, Kathryn Tudor of Albuquerque, Joe Marr & wife Mary of Colorado, 10 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Don was born and raised in Iowa. Enlisted in the United States Navy and upon his honorable discharge in 1952 he married Joan, his sweetheart. Soon thereafter he was moving his wife and young family to New Mexico. Once in New Mexico, he lived in Farmington, Albuquerque, Navajo Dam, Capitan and finally moved to Carlsbad in 1997. He was a member of St. Edward’s Catholic Church of Carlsbad, NM.
Over the years, Don enjoyed dancing with his wife, playing cards, family vacations in the “Marr-maid” travel trailer he built and spending time at Navajo Lake. He hunted with his boys and piddled in his shop. Being quite a craftsman, Don was adept at construction and making things. As his family grew in size, he added a home addition, built a cabin at the lake and enjoyed making furniture from native Iowa walnut trees. His dedication to donating blood had a positive impact on many lives. Don was acknowledged for his rescue efforts that saved lives when the arroyo close to his home in Albuquerque would swell with raging water. Don was retired civil service from the United States Postal Service.
A Memorial Mass will take place at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Riceville, IA on Friday, April 22, 2016 at 10:30am. Interment follows at Calvary Cemetery and a celebration meal at IC will immediately follow. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials sent to Riceville Food Pantry @ 124 W Main/PO Box 307, Riceville, IA 50466.