Don Earl Marietta
January 1, 1933 - July 8, 2015
Bentonville, Arkansas
Don Earl Marietta, 82, of Bentonville, AR passed away, July 8, 2015 in
Bentonville.  He was born on January 1, 1933 and was the first baby born in
Colby, Kansas that year. He grew up on a farm during the post-depression
years, helping his family harvest wheat and driving it to market at the early
age of 11. Soon after, his family moved to Southern California for a better life
but returned to Colby and the farming-life.
As a young adult, Don worked on oil rigs making more money than his family
could ever imagine. After several injuries, he decided to join the Air Force at
the age of 20, and became an airplane mechanic in the Korean War. After
returning from war, he began a 30 year career with IBM in California, retiring
in 1991. Don moved with his wife, Jerre, to Bella Vista, Arkansas where they
became real estate agents for Coldwell Banker.
Don loved sports. He watched, talked, thought about and played sports as
often as he could. His memory of sports-facts was mind-boggling! He lettered
in both track and football in high school but soon became a life-long golf
enthusiast. In Bella Vista, he was a member of the MGA and loved to play
practical jokes on his partners as often as possible. Don loved to play snooker
at Riordan Hall with the guys and was an active bowler, playing a couple of
times a week with Jerre and the regular gang.
Don had 4 children with his first wife, Marian. His boys were born in Clovis,
New Mexico and his twin girls were born in Brush, Colorado.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Alma Grace and John Emmet
Marietta and his brother, Carl. He is survived by his sisters, Marcia, Ethel and
Deanna and his children, Alan, Dale, Susan and Carol. He is also survived by
his extended family, Hershel and Stephanie
Blevins and their children, Harrison, Hanna, Christina and Natalie who knew
him as GranDon.
Memorial services will be at 3:00PM, Saturday, July 11, 2015 at Stockdale-
Moody Funeral Chapel in Rogers with military honors provided by the
American Legion Post # 100, Northwest Arkansas Honor Guard.
In honor of Don memorials may be made to:
Wounded Warrior Project
PO BOX 758517
Topeka, KS 66675

We were so saddened to hear about Don's passing.  We had seen him very
recently and he was his usual jovial self.  I (Sheryl) am so glad I got to know
him and Jerre while working at Arka-Vista Realty.  Don had a great sense of
humor and loved to pull all kinds of pranks.  He really kept me laughing!  Don
will be greatly missed by all of us who knew him.  Our thoughts and prayers
are with you as you mourn his loss.  May God bless you with comfort and
wonderful memories.
Dave & Sheryl Stephens

Don was my Uncle and my mother, Ethel’s brother. I have always had great
memories of Uncle Don and had kept in contact with him through Facebook
in recent times. I always thought he demonstrated both a good Family and
work ethic. I have a similar humor as Uncle Don in my work, because life has
to be fun. I offer my condolences and prayers to his family. Thanks so much
for sharing him with us.  Clifford

I am sorry to hear of Don's passing. I worked with Don on several occasions
in the Los Angeles area over the years  at  IBM. I am so glad that he had a
long and fulfilling life. I enjoyed my time I spent with Don, and he will be
sadly missed. My best wishes to his family at such a sad time  .Hal Robinson

I remember Don (and Jerre) from my early years at IBM. Always a pleasure
to see Don. Nicest Man! Condolences to his family & loved ones. Maria
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