Obituary: Donald M. Schmitt |


Donald M. Schmitt
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August 16, 1933 – November 27, 2021

After receiving the sacrament of the Catholic Church from the Sick and Dying, Donald M. Schmitt passed away peacefully at his home in Livermore, Colorado on November 27, 2021.

Donald was born Donald Schmitt on August 16, 1933 in Holyoke, CO. He was educated in Grant, NE and Julesburg, CO, and graduated from Julesburg High School in 1952.

Don and Lucille (Egging) were married on October 17, 1955, at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sidney, NE.

Don and Lucille lived on a farm in Missouri until Don was drafted into the United States Army on October 15, 1956. After basic training at Fort Carson, CO, Don was trained in heavy equipment and maintenance at Fort Belvoir. , VA, then to Fort Hood, TX before being transferred to Zweibrucken, Germany. After his release in 1958, they lived in Potter, NE.

In 1962, they rented (from RO Anderson) the Pleasant Valley ranch located near Laporte, CO where Don raised cattle and hay until 1965. After that Don worked on various ranches in Livermore until December 1971 when Don rented the LOX ranch from Don Weixelman, where Don and his family raised cattle, operated a horse rental business and an excavation business.

They bought a home at Glacier View Meadows in 1978 and moved to their current home in 1983, where Don continued the excavation work and also maintained the roads for Crystal Lakes and Glacier View Meadows for several years. Some of his road managers at Crystal Lakes and Glacier View Meadows have said that Don is the best climber operator (grader) they have ever seen or worked with.

Don is survived by his wife, Lucille; children, Cynthia Squarcia, Richard (April), Susan Stevens, (Bob Adams); grandson, Chad; great-grandson, Tyler; and many nieces and nephews he loved so much.

Preceding Don in death are his parents, Joseph and Katherine Schmitt, and two siblings, Virginia and Donna Margritz.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 2 p.m. on December 17, 2021 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church, 330 West Mountain Avenue, Fort Collins, CO, followed by a burial with military honors at Grandview Cemetery, Fort Collins, CO. The reception will follow the interment of family and friends at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 121 Meldrum Street.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital or St. Joseph’s Indian School, 1301 N Main St., Chamberlain, SD 57325.


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