Don was born on June 11, 1935, in Boise, to Russell and Deloris (Kravig) Marlow. He was raised in Bruneau, Buhl, and Salmon, graduating from Salmon High School in 1953.
After graduation from high school, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. He was stationed in Quantico, Va., Camp Pendleton, Calif., Willow Grove, Penn., and Okinawa. He was an officer in aviation supply and supply operations. He served two tours in Vietnam. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" for meritorious service from March 21, 1970, to March 2, 1971.
After retiring as Captain from faithful service to the Corps on December 1, 1973, he settled in the Seattle area. He worked at Calculators Unlimited, Firestone, City University (where he also received his MBA), Beckonridge, Franklin House, and Hearthside Manor.
He married Teruyo Tanaguchi in Iwakuni, Japan, and has three sons, Mikeal, William, and Richard.
He remarried to Angela Chovil on Feb. 11, 1984, in Tacoma, Wash. They have two children, Andrew and Elizabeth.
He loved working with youth and coached his children's baseball, football and basketball teams.
He was an active member of Central Baptist Church, serving in many capacities, including as an Elder and AWANA leader.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jim. He is survived by: his wife, Angela; sons Mikeal (Pat) Marlow of Normandy Park, William (Debbie) Marlow of Renton, Richard (Maggie) Marlow of Des Moines, Andrew Marlow of Tacoma; daughter, Elizabeth Marlow of Tacoma; eight grandchildren; in-laws Bill and Angeles Chovil of Tacoma; sister Patricia (Albert) Eriksen of Buhl; and brothers, Bill Marlow of Buhl, and Tim Marlow.
Services were held at Central Baptist Church with burial at Tahoma National Cemetery. Memorial gifts will be accepted by the family for a tree to be planted on Central grounds.