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Donald E. Martz, 76, of Herndon, passed away on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, peacefully in the comfort of his home.

He was born in Hickory Corners on March 23, 1941, a son of the late Margaret Mae Batdorf and the late Harlan Lloyd Martz. On Oct. 22, 1966, at Stone Valley Church, he married his wife Cheryl Blair, who survives.

Donald was a graduate of Mahanoy Joint High School, class of 1959. He served in the Army as a Crew Chief of the helicopter mechanics from 1961-1964.

He owned and operated Don's Service for 32 years. He previously owned Don & Cheryl's Sporting Goods and was employed by Martz's Sunoco, Campbell's Chevrolet and Sunbury Motors. Until recently he was employed at Sterman Masser Potato Farms. He was a member Stone Valley Church and currently attended Grace Community Church.

Donald served the local community as president of Dalmatia Area Ambulance League, Hickory Corners Fire Company and Fiddler's Run Sportsmen Association. He was a life-long Phillies fan.

In addition to his wife, Donald is survived by two daughters, Denise and husband Jim Heintzelman and Dawn and husband Troy Harris; one son, Eugene Martz; four grandchildren, Erica and husband Kelly Sweppenhiser, Cody Heintzelman and partner James Welker, Troy Harris Jr. and Caleb Harris; two brothers, David and wife Betty Martz and Dale and wife Gail Martz; four sisters, Betty and husband Glenn Bordner, Nancy and husband Gary Adams, Cindy and husband Butch Fessler and Donna and husband Dennis Helt; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one niece, Melissa Bordner.

A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and again from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, followed by the funeral service at 11, all at Grace Community Church, Herndon.

Interment will take place with military honors in the Stone Valley Cemetery, Dalmatia.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hickory Corners Fire Company, 1124 Hickory Road, Dalmatia, PA 17017.

To sign the online guest book or to post a picture of Donald, visit www.reedfh.com.

James A. Reed Funeral Home, Pillow, is in charge of the arrangements.
Published on August 5, 2017
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