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Published November 24, 2012, 12:00 AM

Donald G. Bottrell

(7/31/1951 - 11/20/2012)

The world lost a kind, generous, hardworking, loving man, Donald George Bottrell, on Tuesday, November 20, 2012. He was born in Langdon, North Dakota on July 31, 1951 to Philip and Constance (McIntyre) Bottrell. He was raised on a family farm between Hannah and Sarles, North Dakota where he learned the value of hard work and persistence in the face of difficult situations. He started his education in the small country school of Byron township and continued, when it closed, at Sarles elementary and graduated from Border Central High School in 1969. After graduating from high school, he attended Mayville State College and North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND and studied Construction Management. From 1971 to 1976, Don was employed by William Clairmont Construction as an Estimator and Construction Supervisor. During his time with Clairmont, he gained experience and expertise in many facets of business operations which has influenced nearly every subsequent business endeavor.

Donald G. Bottrell

(7/31/1951 - 11/20/2012)

The world lost a kind, generous, hardworking, loving man, Donald George Bottrell, on Tuesday, November 20, 2012. He was born in Langdon, North Dakota on July 31, 1951 to Philip and Constance (McIntyre) Bottrell. He was raised on a family farm between Hannah and Sarles, North Dakota where he learned the value of hard work and persistence in the face of difficult situations. He started his education in the small country school of Byron township and continued, when it closed, at Sarles elementary and graduated from Border Central High School in 1969. After graduating from high school, he attended Mayville State College and North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND and studied Construction Management. From 1971 to 1976, Don was employed by William Clairmont Construction as an Estimator and Construction Supervisor. During his time with Clairmont, he gained experience and expertise in many facets of business operations which has influenced nearly every subsequent business endeavor.

In 1978, Don started Northern Line Layers, Inc. from almost nothing and began a long and successful career in the specialty communications construction industry. He grew Northern Line Layers to a $50M company with projects and contracts in all regions of the United States. In addition to conventional construction methods, Don designed, constructed, and deployed two large railplows enabling Northern Line Layers to install duct and fiber on railroad right of way from the track. The success of Northern Line Layers drew the attention of Quanta Services of Houston, TX and Don sold to them in 1999. Don completed his management commitment to Quanta and then left to found Diamond B Companies. Don's entrepreneurial spirit and aptitude for identifying and solving problems drove most of his current business activities. Diamond B Companies is a parent company for the many diverse business ventures throughout the United States and Canada. His various business interests ranged from being a partner and investor in Real Estate (Commercial and Farm/Ranch), Apparel (Women's Clothing), Manufacturing, Oil and Gas Exploration, Hospitality, Software Development, Agricultural and Industrial Processing, Construction and his latest venture of Oil and Sand Rail Transloading in North Dakota. Diamond B Companies currently employs over 2,500 employees as well as many contractors and suppliers.

On February 19, 1983 in Billings, Montana, he married the love of his life Teresa Dolan. Even though Don loved running his businesses, his true love was the time he spent with his wife and two children especially with his five grandchildren. In the midst of all his business and financial success, the core of who he was as a man was the love he held for family, friends, neighbors, employees and his community. No task was unimportant for his attention. In the middle of securing a major business deal, he would stop to respond to someone in need. His generosity and loyalty held no bounds. Attending a grandchild's school or sporting event held more importance to him than finalizing a business contract. As a way of sharing his success, Don also gave time and resources through the establishment and funding of scholarships, serving on various boards, helping out all of his neighbors near his farms and his home as well as grilling hamburgers for local grade schools and baseball leagues. If you ever needed anything, Don would always be there to help anyone who asked. He was a hardworking family man with an oversized heart who never knew a stranger. Don also loved spending time with all of his siblings, friends and other relatives visiting them in North Dakota and in Canada especially fishing in Flin Flon, Canada and Kenai, Alaska. Needless to say, Don will be missed by all.

Don is survived by his wife, Teresa, and his children son James (Jennifer) Bennett and his daughter Marnie (Sylvester) Bennett; his sister Florence (Francis) Vergal of Grand Forks, North Dakota, his sister Gwen (Lynn) Hodgins of Devils Lake, North Dakota and his brother Lowell (Colette) Bottrell of Fargo, North Dakota; grandchildren Kelsea, Jennee and Riley Edwards and Sidney and Zackery Bennett; as well numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws.

Don is preceded in death by his parents, Philip and Constance Bottrell.

Funeral services will be at 11 am, Tuesday, November 27, at First Presbyterian Church with the reception at the church following the service. Memorials may be made to Interfaith Hospitality or Family Services, Inc. in Billings, Montana. Smith Funeral Chapels (Downtown) is assisting with arrangements.

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