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Donald M. Flower

Donald M. Flower of Martin, MI passed away Monday, November 23, 2020 at his home. He was born August 10, 1936 in Kalamazoo, the son of Morris and Dorothy (Busman) Flower. He worked for 40 years at Allied Paper in Kalamazoo until its closure. He then worked for Stryker Medical until his retirement. Don was a soft spoken, good man who would listen to all sides before forming an opinion. In his spare time he loved hunting and fishing. He was a long time member of the Martin Village Council and was a member of Lions International since 1974. On April 11, 1964 in Gary, Indiana, he married Deanna Denslaw who passed away in 2013.

Surviving are his son, Bradley (Mandy) Flower of Texas and 2 grandchildren, Nathan and Olivia Flower. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial will be scheduled at a later time.

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Bob Miles

November 24, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Sorry to hear of the passing of Don. I know Don from the Milwood days. He lived across Portage Rd from the school and I lived three blocks away. Don was a great guy and I always enjoyed talking with him. I remember him as a good tennis player and a guy with a great humor.


Doug Smith

November 24, 2020 at 7:31 pm

Brad and Mandy, I am so sorry to hear of Dons passing. He was a good friend for many years and will be missed greatly. His involvement with the Lions club over the years was instrumental in the continued success of the organization.His since of humor was never ending no matter what the occasion he make a person smile and laugh. He will be missed by many! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time .



November 24, 2020 at 9:31 pm

Brad so sorry to hear of your loss. We weren’t aware that your dad was sick. Hang onto the memories Brad.

Joe and Barb Orr family


Denise Truax and family

November 25, 2020 at 10:52 am

Brad, Mandy and kids,

Sorry to hear about Don’s passing. I will miss talking to him across the fence. So many memories! He has always been so thoughtful, putting us on the list last year to have the yard raked as one example. It definitely will be different without him. You all are in my thoughts and prayers


Sharon Buys

November 25, 2020 at 1:34 pm

So sorry about Don’s passing. I always enjoyed visiting with him at the blood drives. He was very kind and soft spoken. He will be missed.


Don & Anita Rambadt

November 25, 2020 at 2:02 pm

Anita & I are both saddened at Don’s passing. Our friendship goes back years and we value those treasured memories of a very unique and talented guy. Don asked me what do I have to do to go Turkey hunting? My answer was go to a turkey hunting seminar with me and learn from the the experts. In due course he started bringing home real trophies. That was delightful to see the joy in his face. It is a pleasure to have Don as our friend. Of course our heartfelt sympathies go out to Brad and family, and Carol . Blessings Don & Anita


Harv & Carol Visser, Martin

November 25, 2020 at 6:37 pm

Donald has been a fixture in Martin for so many years, it is difficult to realize that he will no longer be here. He was a good, steadfast man who quietly went about dedicating time and effort to his community.

He will be greatly missed.


Sara Beth Warner

November 28, 2020 at 12:59 pm

I’m so saddened to hear about the loss of Don. I got to see him every single day at the Post Office when he came in with all the other older guys in tow. When he (very rarely) wasn’t coming in to pick up a package for his family members, he always poked his head in to say “Hi” to me.

He was always funny, kind, and patient. He was a staple to our community, and a person who’ll never be forgotten.


Darcy Doezema

November 29, 2020 at 12:50 pm

It is difficult to envision a Village of Martin without Don Flower. He was involved in every aspect of Village management and did it all with a good sense of humor and kind heart. Whatever was asked of Don, he did. He was such a great mentor to me, often bringing me to my senses and showing me the right path. He was not just a colleague but also a very good friend. Someone I looked forward to seeing and to share a story or two. Don, you are missed! We will be a little lost, for awhile, without you. But everyone involved in the Village Council and Village business is dedicated to continuing your legacy of selfless service. My heartfelt sympathies go out to Brad and his family, and dear Carol, his special friend.


Bruce & Kathy Brandon

November 30, 2020 at 7:03 pm

We remember Don working at the Village with Bruce’s Dad, and also as a member of the Martin Lions Club. He was certainly a advocate for the Village of Martin.

Our sincere sympathy goes out to his family and friends.


Ron Curtis

December 7, 2020 at 7:15 pm

Will miss our email correspondence good buddy who I’ve known since kindergarten. Have good memories of our many tennis matches, hunting and fishing together and of course your arranging the meeting of my first girl friend –Kay West on my 16th birthday, as well as pledging Sigma Phi Ep together at W.M.U. Thanks also for keeping me informed of the “guys” lunches in Kalamazoo. One of the nicest men I knew and you will be sorely missed dear friend,

Ron Curtis

Sacramento, CA


Dan Minor

December 13, 2020 at 11:02 pm

Among other things, a true gentlemen, steady, honest, patient and wise. Enjoyed visiting with him at Martin blood drives.


Michael Goff

December 23, 2020 at 3:15 pm

I am so sadden to hear of the passing of Don. I was honored to have worked under his supervision in my role of the Martin Police Chief. Don was always supporting of the well being of his town and neighbors in the Village of Martin. Don will be missed by his friends and the citizens of Martin. May God richly bless his family during these times.


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