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Donald William Cody was born on March 28, 1936 in Pilger, Saskatchewan to Edward and Rosella (Wirtz) Cody. He worked as a telegraph operator and agent for Canadian Pacific Railways Co. before embarking on a career in insurance.
Cody worked as a claims adjuster for Saskatchewan Government Insurance in Regina from 1963 to 1967. He then worked at Co-op Insurance Services Ltd. as a claims examiner and Saskatchewan claims supervisor. He attended the Associateship Insurance Institute of Canada and was a member of the Saskatchewan Association of Insurance Adjustors and Insurance Institute of Canada.
Cody was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1971 and served as a New Democratic Party (NDP) MLA for the Watrous constituency until 1975, when he was defeated in the provincial general election in the Qu'Appelle riding. Cody was re-elected in the Kinistino constituency in the 1978 general election and held the seat until 1982.
Cody served in the Allan Blakeney Government as Minister of Co-operation and Co-operative Development (1974-1975, 1979-1982); and Minister of Telephones (1978-1982). He was Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (1974-1975, 1978-1979); Saskatchewan Telecommunications (1978-1982); Saskatchewan Transportation Company (1978-1982); Office of the Rentalsman (1979-1980); Rental Appeal Commission (1979-1980); Provincial Mediation Board (1979-1980); Legislative Review Committee (1980-1982); Saskatchewan Government Printing Company (1980-1982); and Saskatchewan Forest Products Corporation (1980-1982).
Cody lost his seat in the 1982 provincial general election to Bernard Boutin (Progressive Conservative). After leaving provincial politics, Cody moved to Prince Albert and became owner of Buns Master Bakery. He served as mayor of Prince Albert from 1994 to 2003.
Cody currently (2006) continues to reside in Prince Albert.
Cody married Joan Eileen Germsheid on July 3, 1961. They have two children: Scott and Garnet.