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Donavan LeDoux

Dec. 15, 1935-Dec. 18, 2006

Donavan R. LeDoux, 71, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, December 18, 2006 at St. Mary's Nursing Center.

Donavan R. LeDoux was born to Leo and Rose (Richard) LeDoux on Dec. 15, 1935 in Beltrami, Minn. He moved to a farm in Red Lake County, with his parents, in 1940 and attended a rural school through sixth grade. He then attended school in Red Lake Falls, Minn. Don moved to Crookston, Minn., in 1954 and married Jean LaChance on July 11, 1955 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Don was a volunteer firefighter, and worked for the Minnesota Department of Transportation in Crookston from 1954-68. He resigned his position with MnDOT and moved with his family to Detroit Lakes in November 1968, and started work at the Organizational Maintenance Shop No. 5, Minnesota Army National Guard as a federal technician. He was also an ambulance attendant while in Detroit Lakes.

In July 1972, Don was promoted to heavy equipment repair foreman. Don enlisted in the Minnesota Army National Guard in Crookston on Oct. 13, 1953 and retired on Dec. 14, 1995, with 43 years of service. He was the automotive maintenance technician for the 2nd Battalion Mech, 136th Infantry, and held the rank of chief warrant officer (CW4). He retired from the federal government on January 2, 1996.

Don was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, the Eagles and the American Legion. For the past three years, Don and Jean had spent their summers in Detroit Lakes and winters in Palm Springs, Calif.

Don enjoyed camping with his family, hunting, fishing, spending time with friends, and traveling.

Don is survived by his wife, Jean LeDoux of Detroit Lakes; three daughters, Charlene (Wayne) Tjepkes of Detroit Lakes, Connie (Tim) Griffith of Detroit Lakes and Cheryl (Bruce) Hest of Minot, N.D.; six sons, Allan (Mary) LeDoux of Lake Oswego, Ore., Michael (Sandy) LeDoux of Gilbert, Minn., Mark (Nicole) LeDoux of Detroit Lakes, James (Bonita) LeDoux of Bellingham, Wash., Joseph LeDoux and Bryan LeDoux of Detroit Lakes; 19 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Luverne LeDoux of Red Lake Falls and Leonard W. (Remi) LeDoux of Shelton, Wash.; as well as his beloved dog, Toby. Preceding him in death were his parents and sister, Evelyn.

Visitation will be 4:30-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22, with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. in Holy Rosary Church, and will continue one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

A mass of Christian burial is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 23 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, with the Rev. Jerry Rogers officiating. Interment will be in Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Detroit Lakes.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is serving the family.