Donald “Don” Pottratz

August 8, 1932 - November 28, 2023

Service: Per Don’s wishes, a private family burial will take place at the South Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery.

Donald “Don” Pottratz, age 91, died Tuesday, November 28, 2023 at Good Samaritan Society Canton.  Per Don’s wishes, a private family burial will take place at the South Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery.

          Don was born on August 8, 1932 to Leo and Kathryn (McDowell) Pottratz in Flandreau, SD.  He grew up in Flandreau and graduated from Flandreau High School.  He earned a teaching degree from USD and later a Master’s Degree from the University of Colorado.  He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army.  He has lived in Canton, SD since 1957.

          Through the years, Don taught school, served as the Director of Planning and Zoning for Lincoln County, and was the janitor of Canton Lutheran Church until his retirement due to declining health.   He was also very active in the Canton School system, the Canton community, and Canton Lutheran Church his entire life.   In his spare time, he enjoyed attending Canton C-hawk activities, music, singing in the Grieg Chorus and Canton Lutheran Choir, going to coffee, and local history.

          He is survived by his son, Todd (Jizele) Pottratz; daughter, Stacy (Mark) Gunnarson; grandchildren, Jade (Luke) Reimnitz, Noah Gunnarson, Dane Gunnarson, Braden (Margaret) Pottratz, Tanner (Sarah) Pottratz, and Rylee (Nathan) Dubbelde; great-grandchildren, Harrison and Hattie Pottratz; 2 great-grandchildren due soon; along with numerous extended family and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Brad; and brother, Leo.

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  1. Tami Rikansrud on November 28, 2023 said:

    Pottratz family, I’m sorry to hear of this. He will be sorely missed. Peace unto you.

  2. Carol N Engelhart on November 28, 2023 said:

    Don was a great teacher and mentor . He will be missed.
    Carol Nutter Engelhart , class of 1972

  3. Joan Arnott on December 1, 2023 said:

    I truly enjoyed my time with Don at Good Samaritan when I was a nurse assistant. We bonded over being members of Canton Lutheran Church and he provided me with a wealth of local information and stories. May your shared memories bring comfort to you in the days ahead. My deepest sympathy to you and yours.

  4. Marilyn Powers on December 1, 2023 said:

    Sorry for your loss. Don was a classmate of mine.
    We graduated in 1950. Last time I saw him was at our last reunion
    in Dell Rapids, at the Pizza Ranch.
    Prayers are with his family.
    Love in Christ,
    Marilyn Powers

    sorry for your loss

  5. Marlys Hohman on December 3, 2023 said:

    So sorry to hear about Don. He was such a great friend to Paul and me. You have my sympathy.

  6. Brian Robert Lind on December 9, 2023 said:

    My greatest sympathy on the passing of your father. God Bless to the family