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Don and Merlene Flynn Family

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The Flynn family came to Madrid, Iowa, in June, 1963, when Don accepted the position as Superintendent of the Madrid Community School. They arrived here with a varied background and Madrid is home to their children, and will always be a part of their heritage.

Donald Joseph Flynn was born January 21, 1932 in Anthon, Iowa, the son of Edwin Thomas (July 22, 1909-September 9, 1967) and Marguerite Elizabeth Fitzpatrick (August 26, 1913) Flynn, and he has one brother, Kenneth Paul (January 21, 1934). After attending St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School and graduating from Anthon Public School (1951), Don served in the United States Marine Corps (1951-1953).

On June 20, 1953, Don married Merlene Gertrude Jackson from Oto, Iowa. They attended Wayne State Teachers College, Wayne, Nebraska, where their first child, Mark Joseph, was born June 18, 1954, and Don received his B.S. Degree August, 1956. They then moved to Villisca, Iowa, where Don taught Business Education, and their second child, Jeanne Elizabeth, arrived February 2, 1957.

The family ventured to Ida Grove, Iowa, where Don taught Business Education and was Assistant Girls' Coach (1957-1960). A third child, Paul Edwin, came into their lives February 4, 1959. They spent three summers enjoying Greeley, Colorado, where Don received a Masters Degree in Educational Administration from Colorado State College in August, 1959. Accepting the position of Junior High Principal and Girls Coach, they moved to Leon, Iowa (1959-1963). A fourth child, Julia Ann, was born December 20, 1961.

On moving to Madrid, Don served as Superintendent of the Madrid Community School from June, 1963 to June, 1972. During this time, a new elementary wing was added in 1963, and the new High School bond issue passed in 1969, with the building completed and occupied in 1971. Their son, Mark, was a member of the first graduating class in 1972. For the next three years, Don was an Associate Professor, Director of Career Education, at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. He received his Doctor of Philosophy Degree from Iowa State University in March, 1975.

They remained living in Madrid when Don accepted the position of Middle School Principal, Perry, Iowa (August, 1975). He is presently serving in this capacity.

Merlene Gertrude Jackson Flynn was born December 24, 1934, in Oto, Iowa, the daughter of Mervin LeRoy (December 12, 1908-December 28, 1979) and Helen La Vera Dolan (August 2, 1911), and has one sister, Jane Larie Jackson Murrell (January 19, 1938). She lived in Oto until graduating from Oto Public School May, 1953, and marrying Don June 20, 1953. Then, attending Wayne State Teachers College, she taught in a one-room rural school near Wayne, Nebraska while they completed college. For 16 years, she has taught first grade at the Granger center of the Woodward-Granger Community School, starting in 1966. She received her BS Degree from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, in May 1970.

AH four children are graduates of Madrid High School. Mark graduated in 1972, after which he received a B.S. Degree from Nebraska State College at Wayne, Nebraska, in 1976, and married Susan Kay Gradoville, of Carroll, Iowa, on August 14, 1976. They reside in Scottsdale, Arizona. Jeanne graduated in 1975, and attended Iowa State University, in Ames, receiving her B.S. Degree in 1979. While at Iowa State, she ran on the Big 8 Champion Track Teams. She toured Europe with the Big 8 Conference Track Team the summer of 1977. She married Christopher Andrew Holmes of Madrid on August 19, 1979. They live in Des Moines.

Paul, who graduated from Madrid in 1977, attended the University of Iowa, Iowa City, and received his B.S. Degree in May, 1982. A college highlight for Paul was attending the 1982 Iowa-Washington Rose Bowl Game, as the senior student trainer with the Iowa Football Team. He married Erin Rose O'Neill of Bettendorf, Iowa, on August 7, 1982. They are living in Iowa City. Julia Ann, a 1980 Madrid graduate, is presently a junior at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

The Flynns attend St. Malachy's Catholic Church, and Don is a member of the Knights of Columbus. Don has been a member of the Madrid Lions Club for 20 years, and served as President in 1969-70 and 1979-80. He is also a member of the American Association of School Administrators and Phi Delta Kappa. He is presently serving as President of the Perry Rotary Club.

Family hobbies include boating, water skiing, snow skiing, golf, gardening, and woodworking. They spend their leisure time working on their home on the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. Merlene enjoys antiques and belongs to the Swede Point Questers. She enjoyed working on the Memorabilia Committee for the Madrid Centennial.

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