Donald Meloy MarkesethDonald Meloy Markeseth was born on the family farm in Tewaukon Township, Sargent County, North Dakota on February 3, 1924, to Gustav A. and Ida R. (Sathe) Markeseth. He attended Tewaukon #4 school district for six years until it closed, then Tewaukon #3 through the 8th grade. Don then began his life of farming. He was confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in the summer of 1941.
On November 15, 1947, Don and Bernice Swanson were married at Immanuel Lutheran Church. A daughter, Elaine was born to this couple on April 8, 1952.