Passing of Don Martinelli

Donald R. Martinelli passed away on September 3rd, 2016 in St.Helena.

He was born January 4, 1931 in Rutherford, California to Walter and Katy Martinelli. Don served four years in the Air Force, then continued his career with the California Department of Forestry. He was first stationed in Monticello, California, and retired from Cal Fire’s St. Helena Station in 1985 after more than 35 years.

In 1960, Don married Alice (Pestoni) in Calistoga. They were married 43 years until her death in 2003. Don is survived by sons Ray and Jack, and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be planned in the near future. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the Martin-O’Neil Cancer Center through the St. Helena Hospital Foundation.

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