Born April 8, 1929, in rural Scotland County, Missouri, Donald was the son of Leonard and Bessie Kenison Mallett.
Donald united in marriage with Virginia Anne Redman in Kirksville, Missouri on May 17, 1957, in a ceremony officiated by Rev. Ralph M.G. Smith. Lois Redman and Hillis Mallett were their attendants.
Donald attended schools in the Myers Rural School in southeast Scotland County. He served his country in the United States Army from December 2, 1952 to November 1954. Donald was stationed in France at the same station his father served in during WW I. He served as a tank mechanic.
A very proud farmer, Donald started farming with horses at the age of nine with his brothers Bill, Hillis and Paul in the Greensburg area. He was very fond of John Deere tractors and prized his 4320 John Deere.
Donald was a member of the Greensburg Baptist Church.
Family was very important to Donald, especially his grandchildren. He also enjoyed family dinners, a good cold Pepsi and a big slice of watermelon sitting under the tree with family. He enjoyed raising strawberries and watching RFDTV.
Surviving are five children, Neal (Pam) Mallett of Baring, Missouri, Kent (Phyllis) Mallett of Memphis, Missouri, Terry Mallett of Baring, Missouri, Keith (Michelle) Mallett of Baring, Missouri, and Martha (Allen) Gudehus of Edina, Missouri, eleven grandchildren, Brad (Amy) Mallett, Nicholas Mallett, Chris (Autumn) Mallett, Leslie Mallett and Lance Horak, Brandon Gudehus, Devin Gudehus, Zach Mallett, Tyler Mallett, Madison Mallett, Kara Mallett, and Trent Mallett, three great-grandchildren, Tagen Mallett, Kenzie Mallett and Kaleb Mallett, two step grandchildren, Drew and Staci Forquer, three step great-grandchildren, Taylor Huffman, Kailyn Jones and Brayden Tietjens, two sisters, Georganna Lister and husband Glen of Memphis, Missouri, Linda Matlick of Keokuk, Iowa, one brother Paul Mallett and wife JoAnn of Edina, Missouri, a sister-in-law Betty Mallett of Memphis, Missouri, and several nieces and nephews.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Doris Rhoades and three brothers, Bill, Hillis, and Earl Dane Mallett, one nephew Brian Mallett, two brothers-in-law Cleon Rhoades and Charles Matlick.
Funeral services will be held 10 AM Monday, March 30, 2015, in the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, MO. Reverend Mike Wilson will officiate the services. Burial with full Military honors will be in the Greensburg cemetery. Conducted by Cyril A. Graham American Legion Post # 261 and Knox Co Memorial Post # 4822 V.F.W. Musical selections will be Old Rugged Cross and Amazing Grace.
Casket bearers will be his grandsons, Brad Mallett, Chris Mallett, Brandon Gudehus, Zach Mallett, Nicholas Mallett, Tyler Mallett, and Trent Mallett.
Visitation will be held after 4 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 2015, with family receiving friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, MO.
Memorials in memory of Donald L. Mallett may be made to the Greensburg Cemetery or the Greensburg Willing Workers Club. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, MO, 63537. www.hudsonrimerfh.com