Obituaries: Donald Harvey Siiter


February 26, 2021

Donald Harvey Siiter, 89, passed away Jan. 18, 2021, of Covid 19-related pneumonia in Yorba Linda, California.

He was born in Cloquet on May 19, 1931, and graduated Cloquet High School in 1949. He was a star athlete in high school as the baseball team pitcher, the football team quarterback and the basketball team center. He played golf his whole life and regularly beat his son during their weekly competitive games.

He studied journalism at the University of Minnesota, leaving in 1958 believing he hadn’t completed his degree. He discovered in 2019 that he had indeed graduated. (See link below.) Thanks to his children, he had a full-on graduation party at 88 years old. He was a journalist, entrepreneur, advertising executive, editor, ad manager, sales promotion director, importer/exporter, business owner, salesman, inventor, and did industrial sales and marketing. He was a veteran of the Korean War. He held five patents and had run his business, Don Siiter & Associates, profitably since 2002.

Don was extremely creative and always working on a new idea. His projects recently in development included a baseball-themed board game, a series of “feel good” stories for small-town newspapers, promotional sales to support veterans, and an advertising campaign to support Boys Town.

Donald is survived by his wife of 67 years, Eunice Siiter (Westlund), son Thomas Siiter, daughter Dr. Lynn Shaw, and son-in-law Ken Shaw. A memorial service will be in March at Messiah Lutheran Church in Yorba Linda, California.

Pine Knot News, Feb. 26, 2021

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