Donald Eugene Staman, 85, Scottsbluff

Donald Eugene Staman, 85, of Scottsbluff, passed away peacefully at home in his sleep on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 10, 2014 at the First Christian Church (2101 Ave. A) in Scottsbluff, with Reverend Arlene Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Scottsbluff. Visitation will be held from 4-7p.m. Sunday, March 9, 2014 at Jolliffe Funeral Home in Scottsbluff. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Farm and Ranch Museum or the donor's choice. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.jolliffefuneralhome.com.

Donald was born May 22, 1928 at Plainview, Nebraska. He was the son of Theckla Eugenia (Wendel) and Elvin Brady Staman. They moved to the Lake Alice area northeast of Scottsbluff in 1929 and then south of Morrill and Lyman. Don attended Owl Creek and Kiowa schools. The family moved back to the Lake Alice area in 1942. Don graduated from Scottsbluff High School in 1947 and attended Colorado A&M College in Fort Collins for one year.

Donald was a 4-H member for 12 years. His highlight of 4-H was winning a 4-H Safety Contest, being one of 12 national winners with a free trip to 4-H Club Congress held in Chicago.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corp during the Korean Conflict. Donald was a Heavy Equipment Operator, running bull dozers and cranes in 2nd Shore Party Bn; 2nd Marine Division; achieving the rank of sergeant before being honorably discharged in 1952.

Donald was united in marriage to Helen Ruth Fish on October 21, 1954. Together they enjoyed farming and ranching in the Lake Alice District and raising three wonderful boys. Helen Ruth passed away on June 25, 1984.

Don served on the Scottsbluff County Fair Board for 14 years. He was a 4-H Leader for 22 years. He especially enjoyed watching 4-H members advance and grow up in the swine and sheep showmanship competition. Donald believed very strongly in 4-H as it taught 4-H members best of all "how to lose" and then come back the next year and try again for the champion ribbon. He served on the Lake Alice School Board for 15 years and was also very active in the North Platte Valley Pork Producers for 12 years.

He enjoyed farming, ranching and raising hogs, cattle and sheep. Donald really loved taking his three boys and their 4-H projects to the local and state fair at Lincoln and AKSARBEN.

Donald was united in marriage to Carolee Nye Granger on April 25, 1987 and with this marriage came three step-children. They lived in the Lake Alice area, ranching and enjoying life. Carolee and Don loved to dance and square dancing was best of all. They would hold down some office duty most every year and were members of the Panhandle Federation Square Dance Association. Carolee and Don were co-chairman for the Nebraska State Square and Round Dance Convention held in Scottsbluff in 1993 and again in Hastings, Nebraska in 1999. They were both avid square dancers, starting when they were teenagers. They attended 14 Night-Owl-Dances, where guests dance all night until 5 a.m. the next morning. Oh, how Don loved good two step and square dance music!

Donald and Carolee took many trips, from Billings, Montana to Galveston, Texas, from Washington D.C to Albuquerque, New Mexico and Hawaii, always enjoying all of the sights.

Don strongly believed in, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you," also, "speak up so I can hear you in the back row". Donald said, "Do not grieve too long for me, life is for the living. I have had a good life. I have had my sad times and also my happy times. I have had the good fortune of having two very good, wonderful wives. I wish I could give each of them a big, beautiful red rose. Smile, Jesus loves you. So long, farewell, and good luck". He added, "I love you all".

Survivors include his wife, Carolee; sons, Bradley Ralph (Linda) of Gering, Bryan Eugene (Amie) of Honolulu, HA and Kevin Brady (Jenise) of Scottsbluff; step-children, Bruce (Lynn) Granger of Fulshear, TX, David Granger of Scottsbluff and Marlene Granger of Torrington, WY; seven grandchildren, Felicia, Dawn, Jessica, Natasha, Joshua, Jaylee and Kayden; six great-grandchildren; brother, Dale (Shirley) of Scottsbluff; sister, Darlene of Mullen, NE; brother-in-law, Bob (Pam) Nye of Albuquerque, NM; sister-in-law, Thelma of Scottsbluff; and many nieces and nephews.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Helen Ruth; and five brothers, Ray, Ralph, Harry, Merl and Max.

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