Obituary of Donald Hoyt
Donald “Don” Hoyt, 69, of Duluth, MN passed away April 16th at St. Luke’s Hospital. He was born in the Township of Superior, WI to Leo and Emma (Beeman) Hoyt on March 7, 1954. He grew up in a rural setting with his four brothers and four sisters. He attended Northwestern High School and graduated Class of 1972.
He began his military career at age 17, enlisting in the National Guard in 1971. He attended basic training and became a wireman. Shortly thereafter, he went active with the US Army where he served in multiple roles, including teletype operator and instructor, until his honorable discharge in 1989. In March of 1984, he met Mary, and they were married on July 20, 1985.
With his many interests, Don enjoyed many careers including carpentry, work at the food shelf, bus driver, truck driver, convenience store supervisor, cleaning crew supervisor, and stay at home dad.
He enjoyed the outdoors by camping, fishing and participating in fur trade re-enactments. He was also very artistic and creative and spent a lot of time painting, drawing, carving and building things.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; children, Beckie (Jerome), Theresa (James); former wife Sherilyn Rodriguez and their children Michael (Heather), Donald “DJ” (Erica), Nathaniel (Nikkii); 13 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; 2 brothers; Kevin and Leo; sister Midge Brown (Mike); as well as many sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, cousins, nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, 3 sisters and 1 grandson.
Visitation: 10:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. funeral service, Thursday, April 20, 2023 at Atkins Northland Funeral Home. At Don’s request, please dress comfortably.
Lunch will follow in the fireside room of the funeral home. Burial will be in Minnesota Veteran’s Cemetery in Saginaw following the lunch. Arrangements entrusted to Atkins Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th Street, Cloquet. To sign the guest book and leave an online tribute, see www.atkinsnorthlandfuneralhome.com
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