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Born: Aug 30, 1958

Date of Passing: Nov 21, 2021

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August 30, 1958 – November 21, 2021

Peacefully, at the young age of 63, Don passed away on November 21, 2021, at Riverview Health Centre.
Don leaves to mourn his son Korey, daughter Breanne, their mother Bonnie, brother Les (Kelly), sisters, Bev (Dan) and Karen (Joe), nephew Aric (Alison), great-nieces, Ariana and Aimee, and beloved dog Frankie. Don was predeceased and has left to join his mother Betty, and his best friend/dog Jack.
Born Donald Allen Martens in Winnipeg, MB but better known by all as "Cat", his CB radio handle acquired in his early career while operating heavy duty Caterpillar Equipment. Cat spent his childhood years helping his mother raise the family and it was during this time he developed the strong dedication and caring nature of raising and providing for all who needed it including family, friends, and the sports teams he loved so dearly, the Transcona Nationals and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Family meant everything to him. He spent years as the family contact for holiday reunions with cousins from near and far and always kept in touch through the family chats. Most of all, his children were everything to him and his bonds with both run deep. He spent many years with them living right alongside and just hanging out watching movies and sports. "Kor-man" was his buddy and "Breezy" was his baby girl. Two of the recent "best days of his life" was when Breanne moved back to Winnipeg and when both were finally able to visit him at the hospital.
Cat loved hunting, fishing, trucks (of all sizes), football, and the dog park. He spent years with his brother and friends hunting, his lifetime fishing with anyone who would go and in the latter years with his brother Les, on Lee River, where he kept his boat. Cat's love of all machines, big as they can be, took him into a lifetime of driving the "big rigs" and ultimately becoming dispatch for Sobeys where he was set to retire at age 65. The love of his personal trucks could be witnessed with any single truck he owned as he put extensive detail and love into every one of them. His passion for football was infectious and his knowledge of the Winnipeg Blue Bomber history was remarkable. Kilcona Off-leash Dog Park was his second home and the members there were his second family.
The endless conversation/expertise talked about any of these passions will forever be cherished by those lucky to listen.
A Celebration of Life will be held in spring of 2022, followed by a private interment.

"You can shed tears that he is gone,
or you can smile because he lived.
You can close your eyes and pray
he will come back,
or you can open your eyes and
see all that he has left"

- "Remember Me" by David Harkins -

Friends may visit to leave a message of condolence for the family.

Braendle-Bruce Funeral Service, Russell, Manitoba were in care of arrangements
(204) 773-2747.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 04, 2021

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • Don Martens had one of the biggest hearts known to this world and I had the chance to witness what a good strong family is supposed to be like for a brief period. His love for his children and best friends (the boys) was remarkable by any standard. He bent to the breaking point to protect his children and keep his family strong and happy. He gave me some of my fondest memories and made me feel like part of the family ... I can remember his gentle voice and kind smile . I can't believe how heartbreaking this must be to everyone who loved him dearly and even though I was just a fly on the wall, I can not hold back my tears ....I am truly saddened and the world now has one less angel walking amongst us now. RIP CAT - Posted by: Nobody important (The man I still look up toand could only wish to become one day.) on: Jan 20, 2022

  • Korey: Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your father. We knew you were close to him and will miss him in a big way. We can see your own good nature and interests were like your Dad's. Let your memories of him stay close to you and alive in your heart. Our thoughts are with you at this time. - Posted by: Brent & Myrna Childs (Friends of Korey) on: Dec 05, 2021

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