Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Donald Stein died unexpectedly at his Sun Lakes, Ariz., home Wednesday, March 2, 2011. He was 75.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 7, at the First Baptist Church of Sun Lakes, Ariz., with visitation beginning at 10:30 a.m. A memorial service will be held in Coon Rapids, Minn., later in March.
Donald E. Stein was born Dec. 24, 1935, in Kingston, Minn., the second of twin sons to David and Zelda (Petty) Stein. Don grew up on the family farm in Kimball, and graduated from Kimball High School where he and Dale excelled in several sports. Most graduates in the Kimball High School class of 1953 remained lifelong friends, with regular reunions continuing to this day.
Don studied business at St. Cloud State University and graduated in 1957. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Army, earning an honorable discharge in 1960.
Don married Norma Niemann of St. Cloud on Sept. 18, 1960. They settled in the Minneapolis area as Don began his banking career and Norma began teaching. They ultimately moved to suburban Coon Rapids where Don maintained a residence for nearly 50 years. In 1969, Don became president of First State Bank of Spring Lake Park. Over the years, he built a community banking organization with locations in Coon Rapids, Blaine, and Spring Lake Park. In 1993, Don and partners sold the banks to Wells Fargo and Marquette Bank, and Don and Norma began retirement, splitting time between Minnesota and Arizona.
Don was extremely active in the Twin Cities community, holding numerous leadership positions in many organizations. Notably, he served as a member of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Council, was a charter member of RISE Inc., and was an active Rotarian. He also held leadership roles in the Minnesota Bankers Association and was involved in Minnesota state politics.
Don and Norma were significant benefactors of St. Cloud State University, providing scholarships for many students. They also were active supporters of their churches and fundraisers for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, sponsoring for several years a golf tournament to benefit M.S. research.
Don was preceded in death by Norma, his wife of 43 years; his parents David and Zelda Stein; and an infant brother Milo.
He will be deeply missed by his three children and their families: David (and Jenny) Stein and grandchildren Kate, Peter, Evelyn and Claire of Madison, Wis.; Paula (and Greg) Clark and step-grandson Maxwell of Eagan, Minn.; and Dan Stein of Minneapolis. Survivors also include his twin brother Dale (and Audrey) Stein of Tucson, Ariz.; niece Pam Stein, and nephews Derek Stein, Chris Pickett, and John Pickett. He also is survived by an extended family and remembered by a wide circle of wonderful friends in both Minnesota and Arizona.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the SCSU Foundation, the Minnesota Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, or Joni & Friends.