Donald Everett Little Sr.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019
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Donald Everett Little Sr., 85, passed away dreaming of his late wife, Donna, at his park model in Yuma, Arizona on Oc- tober 9th.  

Don was born April 9, 1934, in Springfield Illinois to James and Vera (Goodan) Little.  After spending his younger years in Livingston, Mont., Don’s father relocated the family to Clyde Park when Don was a freshman.  Story is that the Little Family moving to Clyde Park with their seven boys provided assurance that the locals could re-open the high school which had been closed down during WWII.

Not long after arriving in Clyde Park, a redheaded girl named Donna O’Neil introduced herself by tackling him on the school grounds.

Two short years later, in 1951 they would become married teenagers starting what would be a 59-

year union.

As a newlywed and soon to be father, Don started a forty-plus year career in agriculture at the local Clyde Park grain elevator as a laborer.  With a strong work ethic, commitment to service, and the need to feed a growing family, Don was always eager to take on increased responsibility.  He would blossom as a manager while taking his family on an odyssey that included moving all over the state as he managed grain elevators, feed plants and fertilizer plants. They lived in Clyde Park, Bozeman, Miles City,

Fairfield, Billings, Williston, N.D., Laurel and

Great Falls.  

In 1994, he retired as the fertilizer products manager of Farmers Union Oil Cooperatives in Black Eagle, at the time the largest farm products supplier in Montana. That same year, he and Donna would relocate once again to Townsend to be near his elderly parents.  For the next 15 years, they would travel south in the winter to Yuma, the chosen retirement location of many of their friends and family.

Following Donna’s death in 2010, Don struggled with her loss and his health.  He eventually found the Lord and began a devoted study of the Catholic religion.  

As the oldest of seven male siblings, Don always felt a responsibility as the “big brother” and oldest of the “Magnificent Seven.”  

Don was preceded in death by his son, Terry; infant sister, Virginia Mae, brothers-in-law Bill and Jerry O’Neil and sisters-in-law Loretta (Larry) and Joyce (Arch).   

Survivors include sons, Don (Cookie) Little, Gary (Kelley) Little and Frank (Shari) Little; brothers, Bob (Betty), Bill (TJ), Larry, Tom (Rose), Arch (Vickie), Curt (Joyce); sisters-in law Alice (Jim) Sargent, Betty O’Neil, Rose (Ray) Wiman, Karen O’Neil, and Dorothy (Duane) Burkenpas; grandchildren, Kristin (Gary) Good- will, Andrew Little, Jacob (Caitlyn) Little, Doug (Whitney) Little, Tim Little, Katie (Dan) Bras- ington, Julie (Josie) Exstrom, Ben (Elysia) Little, Summer Little, Aaron Little and Lindsey (Jessie) Little; and thirteen great-grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces.

The family is planning a celebration of his life in conjunction with a burial next summer in Clyde Park, Montana.


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