July 19, 1927 ~ January 29, 2015
Donald (Don) Priebe passed away Thursday, January 29th at home under the care of Hospice Red River Valley and surrounded by his loving family.
Don was born July 19, 1927 in Columbus, ND, the firstborn son of Walter and Clara (Watterud) Priebe. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church.
His early education was in Columbus area schools. He taught in rural schools in Burke County from 1949-1954 and received his Bachelor of Science with Honor in Agricultural Education from NDSU in 1956. He was a Vocational Agricultural Instructor and FFA Advisor in Kenmare, ND from 1956-1967. In 1968 he earned his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota and served on the staff of the University of Minnesota Agricultural Education Department from 1967-1969. Don was also a member of the Honor Society of Agriculture Gamma Sigma Delta, Phi Kappa Phi and several other organizations.
In 1969, he moved with his family to Fargo, ND where he served as Professor and Chairman of the Agricultural Education Department until he retired as Professor Emeritus in 1990. He was instrumental in helping to establish the Farm and Ranch Management Education Program for adults in ND schools.
Faith, family and friends were most important in Don’s life. He was a member of St. Paul’s Free Lutheran Church, served as Chairman of Church Council, taught Adult Bible Study, and attended Bible Study Fellowship International for many years.
Don married Ione McMartin in 1958 at St. Thomas, ND. They celebrated 56 years of marriage last June. While living in Kenmare, ND, they had two daughters (Sue and Jane).
He was a loving and giving father who always put his children first. He became a grandfather in 1985 with the birth of his first granddaughter (Jennifer). He was also blessed with a grandson (Justin), two more granddaughters (Melissa and Kendrick), and three great grandchildren (Caleb, Hannah and Griffin).
Don was an avid reader, enjoyed all types of puzzles, and was an amateur radio operator for many years. He earned an amateur extra class license and enjoyed contacts with other amateurs from many states and countries.
Don was preceded in death by his parents and sister Marlys. He is survived by his loving wife Ione; daughters Sue O’Neill of Tacoma, WA and Jane (Dana) Hanson of Brainerd, MN; grandchildren, Jennifer (Adam) Gourneau, Melissa Hanson, Justin Hanson, and Kendrick O’Neill; and three great grandchildren.