Formerly of Crookston, his funeral will be Monday, Jan. 7 in Crookston.

Donald Lyle Braaten, age 72, LaPorte (formerly Crookston), died Monday, December 31, 2012 at LaPorte, MN.

Donald was born on July 31, 1940 in McVille, ND, son of Theodore and Cleo Braaten.  He grew up at Tolna, ND and attended schools there and in McVille.   He served in the US Army in Maine and in Korea, following the Korean Conflict.  He worked at Campbell Farms in Grand Forks, a turkey farm at Staples and then with JR Simplot as a mechanic.  He lived in Wadena, East Grand Forks and then Crookston, before moving to Thief River Falls, where he spent four years and then to LaPorte, where he has lived the past six years.

He is survived by: his significant other: Lois Raymond; three daughters: Mavis Braaten of Crookston, Dorie Anderson of Fisher, Teresa Braaten of Crookston; four grandchildren: Shane, Shawna & Amanda Goulet, and Michael Anderson; three great-grandchildren: Ethan Boe, Madison Vanyo and Kira Gatica; siblings: Judy Kirchoffner of Grand Forks, Loretta Gothberg of Grand Forks, Sharon Eaves of Cando, Linda Duray in Arizona, Vicky Seaberg of Cando, Beverly Egstad of Grand Forks, Larry Braaten of Cando, Dennis Braaten of Baudette, Thomas Braaten of Grand Forks, Betty Fontaine of Grand Forks, Barbara Fiesx in Arizona and Douglas Braaten of Cando.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Ted & Cleo Braaten; sister: Sonia Johnson and granddaughter: Lorie Goulet.

The funeral for Donald Lyle Braaten will be at 1 PM, Monday, January 7th, 2013 at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home, Crookston.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 PM, Sunday and for one hour before services on Monday at the funeral home.  A Prayer Service will be held at 7 PM, Sunday at the funeral home.  Burial will be at Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston.

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