Don was born to Frances and Frank Fagan on Sept. 29, 1915 at his family home in Iowa. He graduated from Otter Creek Catholic High School. He held many jobs to help support his family during the depression; he sold suits, managed a store during the winter months and helped his brother on his farm in the summer, as well as other various endeavors. Don enlisted in the United States Army but due to asthma was sent to Fort Harrison’s Medical Hospital in Helena, where he was granted an Honorable Medical Discharge. Upon leaving Helena, his dad suggested that he stop to visit his Uncles Tom and Jim Fagan who had homesteaded in the Brady area. The rest was history and he would return to Montana every spring to help with the farm work.
Upon returning to Iowa in 1944 for the winter, Don and a friend went to a Lawrence Welk Dance in Stanwood, Iowa where he met his future wife and love of his life, Marjorie Marie Corkery. They married on Oct. 2, 1945 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tipton, Iowa. They permanently moved to Montana in 1952 upon completion of their home on the Fagan Farm. Don and Marie leased the farm in 1956 and later purchased the land in 1958. Don served his community by participating on many boards: the County Fair Board, Hospital Board and the Brady Equity Board for many years.
Don was a devoted husband and dedicated father who had a great love for being on the farm. He was a kind, generous, caring, and gentle man as well as a gentleman who so dearly loved his family and his faith. He appreciated beautiful clothes and cars. You would either find Don riding on the 4-wheeler which he logged many, many miles or his bicycle (both indoor and out) and he wore out many a bicycle tire or indoor Schwinn. Harvest was his favorite time of year and he loved being on the combine. Regardless of the yield, it was the best wheat he had ever cut. He had a great enthusiasm for life and so elegantly adapted to the wonders of the 21st century. He loved his cell phone which he put to good use and he had such a curiosity for everything including the latest social media often asking family members to explain tweeting or Facebook. Dad loved to tease, had a wonderful Irish sense of humor and enjoyed playing practical jokes. Those of us who were near and dear to Dad knew him for his sharp wit, incredible memory and observational skills; he never missed a beat even in the last days of his life. Dad was fun to be around and there was never a dull moment. He brought great joy to our lives from his infectious laugh to his positive outlook on life. He considered himself the luckiest guy in the world; however, we know that we were the lucky ones!
Don is loved and will be missed by his sister Clementine Klinkkammer; sons David and Thomas (Lori Nese); daughters Kathryn (Johnny Flynn) and Mary (Dick Adkisson); his grandchildren Jacob, Johnathan, Katherine, Patrick, Samantha and Kelli Fagan; and many dear nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Francis; uncles Tom and Jim; wife Marie; brothers Herb and Thomas; sisters Polly, Laverne, Lucille and Anna; and daughter-in-law Debbie Fagan.
Funeral Mass was held June 9 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church. Pondera Funeral Home handled the arrangements.