Donald E. Rollins, 79, of Hoyt Lakes, MN passed away Sunday, November 13th while in Hospice Care at Northern Pines in Aurora, MN.
Don was born on November 1st , 1943 in Marble, MN to Darryl and Luella Rollins. He attended school in Greenway where he fondly remembered being a part of the State High School Hockey team. Don then joined the Air Force where he served for 8 years. Following the service, Don met the love of his life, Dolly, in Rapid City, SD where his son David was born. Don moved his family to the Iron Range where they settled in Hoyt Lakes. Don worked at Erie/LTV Steel until its closure in 2000 as a welder/millwright.
During Don's early years in Hoyt Lakes, he enjoyed coaching hockey at all levels, referring, and playing softball every summer. In his retired years, Don enjoyed learning the game of golf and trying to perfect the perfect swing. Don wintered in New Mexico with his special friend Phyliss, spending many hours dancing and golfing. Don’s final passions were watching his grandkids and bursting with pride over their accomplishments.
Don is survived by his son David (Jennifer) Rollins, grandsons Zack and Alex, daughter Darlene (Duane) Esler, granddaughter Ella, sons Rick and Will (Rabi’h) Sharp, brothers Curly and Larry, sister Dody, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Don was preceded in death by his wife Dolly, parents, sister Jan, brothers Dude, Kenny, and Ron.
Per Don's request, he will be buried in an urn custom-made by his son-in-law, in a private family ceremony, next to his wife in the Hoyt Lakes Cemetery.
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