Donald Benjamin DanielsonDonald Benjamin Danielson, 79, of East Grand Forks, MN, died on Saturday, March 13, 2010, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND.
Donald Benjamin Danielson
Donald Benjamin Danielson, 79, of East Grand Forks, MN, died on Saturday, March 13, 2010, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND.
Don was born on September 28, 1930, in Bygland, MN, son of Bennie and Bessie (Kjelleberg) Danielson. Don grew up on a farm in Bygland, where he went to country school then went on to graduate from East Grand Forks High School in 1948. Don attended St. Olaf College and later transferred and graduated from MacPhail School of Music in Minneapolis, with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. He completed his Master’s of Music Education at MacPhail and continued his life long education by obtaining over 45 advanced credits.
Don served his country in the Navy aboard the USS Henley during the Korean War. Throughout his four years of service in the Navy, Don was able to travel around the world. Don married Florence Jean Grove on December 19, 1954. He continued to be a member of the American Legion.
He was a vocal music teacher at Hendricks and Breckinridge, MN, before returning to East Grand Forks to teach music for over thirty five years. Don was involved in many music associations. He was awarded the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Director of the Year and an honor award from the Music Educators Nation Conference (MENC). After retiring from teaching, he stayed engaged in “teaching” by continuing to judge music festivals and his involvement in church choir. Don enjoyed singing and loved the opportunity to sing at weddings, funerals, and special musical activities. He was an active member of Our Saviors’ Lutheran Church and a fixture in the community that he loved. Don was elected in the first class of the East Grand Forks Senior High School Hall of Fame in 2001. Don served on the board of the Valley Elder Care, and participated in Concordia’s C400 club.
He is survived in death by his loving wife, Florence, and his children Karen (Cliff) Bimberg, Detroit Lakes, MN, Gayle (Chuck) Driscoll, West Fargo, ND, and Paul (Cheryl), Eagan, MN. Seven grandchildren: Jeremy (Missy) Bimberg, Jodie (Jeff Schreier), Adam (Quinn) Driscoll, Anna Driscoll, Eric Driscoll, Megan Danielson, and Scott Danielson and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived in death by in-laws Art (Vie) Grove, Vi Torkelson, Burnett Grove, and Ben Saucerman.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, and his siblings: Opal (Lloyd) Peterson, Willa (Bill) Rackley, Hazel Saucerman, Nancy (Mike) Gorman, and Tommie (Minnie) Danielson.
Services: The celebration of life will be held Wednesday, March 17, at 11:00 a.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
Visitation: Tuesday, March 16, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, East Grand Forks, MN, with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.
Online Guestbook: www.stennesfuneralhome.com
Arrangements by Stennes Funeral Home, East Grand Forks, Minnesota