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Donald "Gunny"James Julien, age 63, a resident of Los Lunas, NM, passed away on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. Donald was a member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, National Rifle Association life member, American Legion (Post Number 0283 in Imperial, MO), and he was an Eagle Scout since age 17. Donald retired from the United States Marine Corps in 1994 after serving 21 years and having achieved the rank of Gunnery Sergeant (E-7) as a Radio and Cryptographic Specialist. Donald served in various deployments including but not limited to the liberation of Beirut after the bombing, the Gulf War, and Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield. His service included various achievements such as two meritorious Navy Unit Commendations, two Navy Achievement Medals, National Defense Service Medal, three Southeast Asia Service Medals, Kuwait Liberation Medal, three Sea Service Deployment ribbons, Combat Action Ribbon, Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, seven Good Conduct awards, 16 Rifle Expert badges, 10 Pistol Expert badges, and competing in and winning over 25 known Rifle Marksmanship competitions. After his honorable discharge, Donald continued his passion serving in the satellite and telecommunications fields totaling more than 40 years of experience. He pursued and completed his master’s degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix in 2007 having achieved the distinction of summa cum laude. Donald is preceded in death by James and Marceline Julien (parents), Timothy Julien (brother), and Norma Jean Kinney (mother-in-law). He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Sheila Julien, his children Terry Beard, Pamela Mark, Laura Smith, Douglas Gramata, Nicole Julien-Triefenbach, Andrew Julien, Andrew Triefenbach (son-in-law), his siblings Beth Gonzales, Suzanne Parker (Gary), Nancy Mitchell (Brant), Patricia Julien (Peter), Joseph Julien, Jennifer Francis (John), Shelly Julien and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was a baptized Catholic and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Services will be at Noblin Funeral Services Belen Chapel, on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. A Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Interment will be held on Friday, November 15, 2019 at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis, MO – with Full Military Honors at 1:30 p.m. Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., (505)864-4448.