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Welcome to the Fairmont Class Of 1975 site!

Hopefully this website will make it easier to get in touch and enjoy each other's company.   

You can check out all the classmate's Senior photos by clicking on the "Show Yearbook Photo" box in the Classmate Profile section. 

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Our sincere condolences to Brenda (Coombes) Foster, who lost her husband last week.

Stephen "Steve" J. Foster, 66, of Watertown, SD, passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at his residence.

PLEASE NOTE DATE OF SERVICES: Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 30, 2021 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Watertown with Reverend David Jennys and Father Michael Wensing officiating. Judy Everson will be the soloist, accompanied by Bruce Reinhardt.

Steve's services will be recorded and posted on the funeral home website when available.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m., Friday, January 29, 2021 at the Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel in Watertown.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Placerville Camp, 13801 W. Hwy 44, Rapid City, SD 57702.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Beisch, James Weyh, Phillip Longworth, William Longworth, Todd Coombes and Marcus Coombes.

Stephen Joseph Foster, son of Earl J., Jr. and Averlene (Kaiser) Foster was born on August 28, 1954 in Watertown, SD. He attended school in Watertown and graduated from Watertown High School in 1972. Steve then attended SDSU in Brookings where he obtained his Bachelors of Animal Science degree with a minor in Chemistry.

He was united in marriage to Brenda Coombes on May 27, 1983 in Watertown, SD. Steve worked at Mac's Hardware and then as a meter reader for the Watertown Municipal Utilities.

Steve was a board member for Ducks Unlimited and Habitat for Humanity, a member of St. Francis Mens Choir, Men of Faith, and was a cub scout leader. He volunteered with Meals On Wheels, and was a Placerville camp promoter/counselor and church youth group advisor.

Steve enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, swimming, making maple syrup and eating ice cream, and making giant bubbles for kids.

Steve is survived by his wife, Brenda; his children, Andrew (Jenny) Foster and Allison Foster of Watertown; his siblings, Margaret (Kent) Demory of Branson, MO, Michael (Annette) Foster of Glendale, AZ, Patrick Foster of St. Petersburg, FL, and Cecilia (Taylor) Longworth of Cocoa Beach, FL; two grandchildren, Oliver and Elsie; and his nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Averlene Foster.

Arrangements by Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel,

Private family services for Maynard L. Bettin, age 86, of Fairmont, MN, are being held at Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont. Burial for Maynard, along with his wife, Margaret will be following the service in Lakeside Cemetery in Fairmont. A Public visitation will be from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Sunday, January 3, 2020, at the Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont.  The family asks that people are mindful of social distancing guidelines, wearing masks and best practices in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The number of people allowed will be monitored. Those wishing to view the service may do so on the following link on Monday, January 4, 2021 at 10:00 AM:  and those wishing to view the graveside following the service may do so at: Maynard passed away Saturday, December 26, 2020, at his home in Fairmont with his family by his side. The Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

Maynard was born on June 8, 1934 in Tenhassen Township to Herman and Martha (Peterson) Bettin.  He went to Ceylon school where he met his wife to be, Margaret Blom.  In 1950 Maynard bought his first dump truck and worked for Art Stade Construction, it only took a few years and his one truck operation turned to two trucks along with grain hoppers.  He then started hauling for Rippe Grain and Milling, Truman Farmer’s Elevator and L-H Grain.  Over the years Maynard’s trucking operation grew to nine trucks, nobody is sure if Maynard ever did fully retire.

On August 7, 1955 Maynard was united in marriage to Margaret and they were blessed with two children, Marlys and Michael.  Maynard worked from “sun up to sun down, seven days a week, 20 hours a day”, building things.  If anyone ever asked, he would tell them he was building landing gear for a 747.  Maynard was easy to find, he was either having coffee with his buddies at McDonald’s (Perkins in years past) or at his corner club in the truck shop.

Maynard is survived by his son Michael (Joanne) Bettin of Fairmont, MN, son-in-law Dave Trygstad, Rochester, MN, grandchildren Nichole (Marc), Smyth of TX, Jacob (Vanessa) Bettin of Truman, MN, Maggie (Lukus) Malo of Fairmont, MN and Matthew Trygstad of Rochester, MN and seven great-grandchildren, Maxwell, Lillian, and Vance Smyth of TX; Noah and Lauren Bettin of Truman, MN; Luther and Lucy Malo of Fairmont, MN.  His sister Betty Stevens of Fairmont, MN.

Maynard is preceded in death by his parents Herman and Martha, wife Margaret, daughter Marlys, and brother Walter.

Memorials are preferred to Avera Hospice in Estherville, IA.


Brian Nettifee has requested that I let everyone know that he has been diagnosed with metastatic cancer and would welcome all emails, notes and prayers. He has a profile here on our class website, so you can communicate with him here if you'd like. Brian is also on Facebook if you prefer to encourage him using that method. Brian's email is A CaringBridge site has also been set up for him

I'm sure this is a very scary time for Brian. Let's keep him supported and encouraged as only the FHS Class of '75 can!

Big hugs, Brian! Stay strong!