Donn Steven Graham
Donn Steven Graham, 66, Scottsdale, Ariz., passed away onSunday, Oct. 6, 2019, from health issues related to strokes and his heart. There will be a small family ceremony in Scottsdale, Ariz., and one in Lake Mills. Burial will take place at Sunnyside Cemetery, Lake Mills, where Donn’s father and grandparents—W. S. (Sam) and Ann Grotewold—are buried.
Donn was born June 12, 1953, in Leon, Iowa, to Donald E. Graham and Marjorie A. (Grotewold) Graham. The family relocated to Phoenix, Ariz., from Rochester, Minn., in 1960.
Upon Donn’s father’s death in 1968, Donn moved to Iowa and lived with his maternal grandmother until his high school graduation. He was a 1972 graduate of Lake Mills High School, playing on the football and golf teams.
He worked for a number of years at Larson Manufacturing Company, later moving back to Arizona to be near his family. He was employed for several years by Phoenix Newspapers and Scottsdale Progress as a service driver and was honored as Employee of the Month. He was employed by Walmart as a greeter for over 12 years.
Donn was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and had a strong spiritual background. He was a big man with a gentle spirit and was loved by many.
He is survived by his mother, Marjorie Tardiff, Scottsdale Ariz.; brother William, Petoskey, Mich.; two sisters: Kimberly, Orlando, Fla.; and Hayley, Scottsdale, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews and a number of aunts, uncles, and cousins.