Donald Raymond Marti

Donald Raymond Marti (BS Egr-No Pref '40), age 92, of Midland, Michigan, died December 8, 2010, at the MidMichigan Medical Center in Midland. He was born in Kochville Township, Saginaw County, on April 23, 1918, to the late Raymond Andrew Marti and Elsie Loefler Marti. He grew up on the family farm in Kochville, and graduated from Arthur Hill High School and Bay City Junior College before coming to MSU.

Marti was employed in Muskegon until joining the U.S. Navy in 1942. After graduating from OCS, he served as an assistant engineering officer aboard the Fletcher Class destroyer USS Charles Ausburne, spending 30 months in the South Pacific battle zone in the acclaimed “Little Beaver Squadron” under Admiral Arleigh Burke. He was later stationed at the U.S. Navy Yard in Philadelphia, and left the service in 1946 as a lieutenant senior grade.

Marti married Margaret (Peg) Bullock in Philadelphia on July 27, 1946, and they moved to Midland, where Marti had accepted employment at The Dow Chemical Co. He worked as a design (mechanical) engineer in the engineering department until retiring in 1980. He was a member of the Midland Engineering Society and the Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Don is survived by his wife, Margaret, and three sons—William of Fairborn, Ohio; Andrew (Jill) of Princeton, Illinois; and James (Carol) of Canton, Michigan. He is also survived by three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren as well as a brother, Arthur Marti (Eleanor) of Saginaw, Michigan; a sister, Violet Berg of Battle Creek, Michigan; and several nieces and nephews.