Donavon L. Baartz

Town of Marcellon -- Donavon L. Baartz, age 65, passed away with family by his side on Sunday, February 5, 2017, at his home in Marcellon Township.

Donavon was born on August 20, 1951, in Portage, the son of Lyle and Marvel (Schlegel) Baartz. He married Laurie Combs on April 3, 1976 in Racine. Donavon drove truck for 35 years but his real love was farming. He had been active in 4-H as a child. He was an active member of the Portage Seventh Day Adventist Church for over 50 years. Many people knew him for his love of horses as well as farming.

He is survived by his father, Lyle Baartz of Wisconsin Dells; wife, Laurie Baartz of Marcellon Township; children, Jodie (Kent) Maloney, Beau (Yenifer) Baartz of Portage, Kerrie (Richard Evert) Baartz of Portage; siblings, Donna (Pastor Stephen) Aust of Fall River, Diane (Steve) Stuber of Manhatten, MT, David Baartz of Baraboo; grandchildren, Samuel, Grace, Dillon, Camila and Braiden; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Marvel Melvin.  

Funeral services will be held at Portage Seventh Day Adventist Church on Sunday, February 12, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. with Pastor Christian Ronalds officiating. Burial will follow at Cole Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service.

Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home is assisting the family.  


For information please call 608 742-2126 (Portage, WI) or 608 635-2763 (Poynette, WI)