Obituaries Donald Mitchell
Donald J. Mitchell died on Thursday, March 18, 2004 at Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 26 at the First United Methodist Church in Vermillion.
Donald James Mitchell was born Feb. 8, 1914 at Houghton. He was the oldest child of James Hutcheson and Flossie Agnes (Daker) Mitchell. He attended high school in Hecla. He married Doris Agnes Dolan on June 15, 1940 in Hecla.
While working on his undergraduate degree at The University of South Dakota, Mr. Mitchell worked part-time at the State Chemical Lab from 1939-1941. From 1941 to 1943 he attended school full-time and received his master's degree. He then served in the U.S. Navy and attained the rank of lieutenant commander. He was in the Naval Reserve until 1955.
On his return to Vermillion in 1945 he was hired as an assistant chemist and in 1951 he became South Dakota State Chemist, only the second person ever to hold that position.
During this time he was active in a number of national organizations and served as president of the Association of American Feed and Fertilizer Control Officials, president of the Association of American Plant Food Control Officials, president of the association of Food and Drug Officials of the United States, president of the North Central State Association of Food and Drug Officials, president of the Sioux Valley Section of the American Chemical Society, and president of the Association of Official Analytical Chemists.
In 1975 he received the Harvey W. Wiley Award from the Association of Food and Drug Officials in recognition of his outstanding service and leadership. He retired in 1979 and that same year was awarded an honorary doctorate of science degree from The University of South Dakota.
The governor of South Dakota proclaimed July 2, 1979, as D.J. Mitchell Day for his 28 years of service to the state of South Dakota.
He held life memberships in the Association of American Plant Food Control Officials, the Association of American Feed Control Officials, and the Association of American Pesticide Control Officials.
Mr. Mitchell was also active in his community. He joined the Lions Club in 1951 and served on their Sight committee for many years. He was a member of the Vermillion School Board from 1958 to 1972 and served as president 11 of those years. He and Doris were long-time members of the Vermillion Golf Course and The Bluffs.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Doris; his children and their spouses, Kathleen and Dennis Weisz, David and Jeanette Mitchell, John and Kimberly Mitchell, Michael and Jeanne Mitchell; grandchildren, Mark Weisz and his wife, Amy, Thad Weisz, Melinda Weisz, Ryan Mitchell and his wife, Amy, Cory Mitchell, Brian Mitchell and his wife, Amy, Scott Mitchell and his wife, Becky, Adam Mitchell, Kiel Mitchell, Drew Mitchell; great-grandchildren, Brian Weisz, Thomas Weisz, Rachel Weisz, Jena Mitchell, Lauren Mitchell; two brothers and their wives, Bruce and Lorrayne Mitchell, Robert and Mary Ann Mitchell; and his nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were a sister and her husband, Elmer and Florence Douglas, a brother-in-law, Robert Dolan, and a sister-in-law and her husband, Stanley and Dorothy Sanders.
Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion, was in charge of arrangements.
Janice "Jan" Clarstrom, 56, of Clearwater, FL, formerly of Sioux City, IA, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2004, at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. April 2, at the Christy-Smith Morningside Chapel. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Sioux City, IA.
Arrangements are under the direction of Moss-Feaster Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Belcher Road Chapel in Clearwater.
Ms. Clarstrom came to Clearwater in 1980 from her native Sioux City. She was a registered nurse and of the Lutheran faith.
Survivors include her mother, Alice Clarstrom Orr of Clearwater; a brother, Ronald Clarstrom of Andover, MN, a niece, Ann Damask of Oconomowac, WI; a nephew, Mark Clarstrom of Portage, WI; and two grandnieces.