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To All Departed Sir Knights
SK William Jules Mollere
Right Eminent Grand Commander, KT , Louisiana
Born: Baton Rouge, Louisiana - March 8, 1946
Died - November 9, 2018
SK Donald (Don) Ray Salmon
He was M:.I:. Grand Master, Grand Council in 1999,
Right Eminent Grand Commander, KT in 2001
Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter in 2002.
Grand Master the Grand Lodge of South Dakota from 2000-2001.
Born May 10, 1934 - Passed October 26, 2018
Mr. Donald (Don) Ray Salmon, May 10, 1934 - October 26, 2018, 84, passed away Friday at Fort Meade Veterans Hospital, Sturgis, South Dakota after a courageous battle with cancer.
Don, son of the late Jim Salmon and Dovie Exie (Moore) Salmon was born May 10, 1934 in Wister, Oklahoma. He moved to Los Angeles, California when he was six years old. He attended public school and was a graduate of Bell Gardens High School.
Shortly after graduation, Mr. Salmon went into the United States Air Force (USAF) in June of 1952. He retired after 26 years as Military Police with the rank of MSgt in Rapid City, SD.
During his time in the USAF, Don was stationed in Korea, Oxnard, CA, and Puntz Lake, BC Canada. He met his future wife during his weekend leaves to the town of Williams Lake, BC.
He was united in holy matrimony to Magdalena (Dell) Salmon on January 16, 1956 in Chilliwack, BC Canada. This union was blessed with three children.
After marrying Dell, Don went back to Oxnard, CA in 1956. As a family they were stationed in Yuma, AZ, Santa Rosa Island, CA, Reno, NV, and Evertte, WA. From 1967-1969, Don and his family were stationed in the Philippines. During this time, he taught survival classes to the troops going to Vietnam. Don's daily duties also included supervising over 300 service men to secure the perimeter at Clark Air Force Base. In 1969 they went to Whiteman, Missouri for three years. While his family stayed in Missouri, Don deployed to Thailand for one year. The family moved to Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, SD in 1973 where they made their home and eventually retired. Don was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam War. In 2011, Don and Dell moved to Yorktown, VA to be close to their family.
There they attended Liberty Baptist Church in Hampton, VA and Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church in Yorktown, VA. The couple moved back to Rapid City, SD in April of this year.
Don went to Western Dakota Technical School in 1978 after his retirement from the Air Force. There he studied car mechanics and lawn mower repair. In 1979 he opened the "Engine Shed" and did small engine and lawn mower repair. After a few years of owning the engine repair shop he retired.
Don began his Masonic career 36 years ago when he was raised into Mt. Aetna Lodge, Keystone, SD in 1982. In 1985, he became the Worshipful Master of the Mt. Aetna Lodge. Don joined Rapid City Lodge #25 in 1986. He served as Worshipful Master of Rapid City Lodge #25 in 1992. Don was active in the Hermosa Lodge, Job's Daughters Bethel #5, the Order of the Eastern Star GoldenLink Chapter #14 and the South Dakota Grand York Rite. He was Grand Master of the York Rite Grand Council in 1999, Right Eminent Grand Commander of the Grand Commandry in 2001 and Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter in 2002. Don was the Grand Master of South Dakota from 2000-2001. He was also appointed to the Board of Directors for the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. Don received the Amethyst Award in 2003 for recognition of his admirable and unselfish service in the assistance and support of the International Order of Job's Daughter in South Dakota.
Don joined the Rapid City Shrine Club in 1982. He was active in both the Clown unit and the Santa Claus unit. Don was known as "Skippy" the clown and loved making balloon animals for the children. He served as the Shrine Circus Chairman for two years. In February 1997, he was appointed to the Board of Governors of Shriners Hospitals for Children-Twin Cities. He drove children to the Shine Hospital in the Twin Cities during the late 1990's to receive the exceptional care provided by Shrine Hospitals. Don was also a member of TREA, Elks Club, and Moose Club.
Don quietly departed this life Friday, October 26, 2018 at Fort Meade Veterans Hospital in Sturgis, South Dakota. He was preceded in death by his brother, Billy, mother, Dovie Exie, and father, Jim.
His amazing life will forever be cherished in the lives of his family and friends: his beautiful wife of 62 years, Magdelena (Dell) Salmon: three children, Donald Jr. (Lynette) Salmon of Missouri City, TX, Bobbie (Steve) Klaski of Hermosa, SD, and Dennis (Sherri) Salmon of Yorktown, VA. Six granddaughters: Jessica (Alfredo) Claudio of Orlando, FL, Shelly (Josh) Smith of Rapid City, SD, Mary and Hannah Salmon of VA, and Paula and Amanda Salmon of TX. Don was also was blessed with four great granddaughters and two great grandsons.
Memorial Visitation will be held at Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City, SD on Friday, November 2 from 5-6 pm. A Memorial Service will be held at Kirk Funeral Home on Saturday, November 3 at 2 pm with Masonic Services. There will be a Memorial Reception to follow at the Masonic Center, 618 Kansas City Street, Rapid City. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to the Masonic Organizations Don loved, the Veterans Association of a charity of your choice.
Friends may sign his online guestbook at Kirk Funeral Home's website.
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