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Don J Hindman

Hinsdale, Illinois

September 26, 1926 - July 6, 2024

Don J Hindman Obituary

Our beloved father and grandfather, Don J. Hindman, (97), of Hinsdale, IL and Key Largo, FL, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, July 6, 2024.

Don was born in Spearville, KS in 1926 to Lela, a piano teacher, and Don C. Hindman, a Presbyterian minister. Raised in New Martinsville, West Virginia, Don inherited his mother’s passion for music and learned to play clarinet and alto sax as a child, a hobby he would enjoy throughout his life. His father was the pastor at the Moundsville, West Virginia State Penitentiary and he convinced Don to sit in with the prison band where he played alongside inmates and other colorful characters.

After graduation from Magnolia High School, Don enlisted into the United States Army Air Corps where he trained as a waist gunner on a B-29 towards the end of WWII. After basic training, he shipped out to Clark Field in Manila. Shortly after arriving in Manila his CO learned of his musical talent and asked him to join the USO band lead by Claude Thornhill. Don was thrilled to play in the band with Zoot Sims and other notable jazz musicians of the day. The band was decommissioned at the conclusion of the war, but Don had dreams of moving to NYC to pursue life as a professional jazz musician. His mother had other plans for her only son and steadfastly demanded that he return stateside to attend Indiana University on the G.I. Bill. While at IU Don pledged Beta Theta Pi fraternity and graduated with a business degree in 1949. He was later honored as the Kelley School of Business Distinguished Entrepreneur in 1987.

After graduation, Don joined Inland Container, a corrugated box company and moved to Indianapolis. He excelled in sales, becoming a top producer and sales manager within 3 years. It was during the early years of his career that he met his future wife, Patricia Deforest, a first-year student at Indiana University. After a brief courtship they married in 1951. Pat and Don moved to Chicago in 1952 and later to Hinsdale, Illinois where they raised their four children.

When Don was 28 years old, he founded Time Container with seed money from his mother (which he dutifully re-paid in three years). Don built Time into a successful public enterprise and then sold it to the Irish conglomerate, Smurfit Industries in 1970. After a brief retirement, Don acquired Clark Products, a paper distributor, which he also grew into a prosperous company with locations across the U.S.

 As a young business owner, he joined Young Presidents Organization (“YPO”). A consummate entrepreneur, Don often found investment opportunities with his YPO friends. Among his more exciting endeavors included a partnership in a racehorse, a California vineyard, and the Aspen Inn. YPO was an association that would prove to be significant to both Pat and Don. They made cherished and sincere friendships through their YPO travels and experiences.

After business, Don’s passions included golf and big band music. He loved playing golf with friends at the Hinsdale Golf Club and Ocean Reef Club, a hobby he continued well into his 90’s. He loved listening to jazz music. Among his favorites were Count Basie and Duke Ellington. Don was a wonderful raconteur who enjoyed making new friends and spending time with his family.

He was a former Chapter Chair of the Young President's Organization, an active member of the Chief Executive's Organization, the Ocean Reef Club, Hinsdale and Card Sound Golf Clubs, the Casino Club of Chicago and the Beta Theta Pi Alumni Organization as well as other civic organizations in the Chicago area.

Pat and Don were married for 72 years until she preceded him in death in November of ’23. Don is survived by his four children, Jeff Hindman (Gina), Leslie Hindman, Sally Hindman (Dan Sawislak), and Donald Hindman (Maron) and nine grandchildren, Jeff Hindman (Nicole), Lacy Bailey (Mike), Kirsten Hindman, Austin Hindman, Charlie Hindman, Hadley Hindman, Duke Hindman, Trudy Hindman and Sylvia Sawislak and four great grandchildren, Paige, Lucy, Trip and Dylan. A private celebration of life will be held in Hinsdale, IL at a later date. 

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Don J Hindman hosted by Powell Funeral Directors.

Our beloved father and grandfather, Don J. Hindman, (97), of Hinsdale, IL and Key Largo, FL, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, July 6, 2024.

Don was born in Spearville, KS in 1926 to Lela, a piano teacher, and Don C. Hindman, a Presbyterian minister. Raised in New Martinsville, West Virginia, Don inherited his mother’s passion for music and learned to play clarinet and alto sax as a child, a hobby he would enjoy throughout his life. His father was the pastor at the Moundsville, West Virginia State Penitentiary and he convinced Don to sit in with the prison band where he played alongside inmates and other colorful characters.

After graduation from Magnolia High School, Don enlisted into the United States Army Air Corps where he trained as a waist gunner on a B-29 towards the end of WWII. After basic training, he shipped out to Clark Field in Manila. Shortly after arriving in Manila his CO learned of his musical talent and asked him to join the USO band lead by Claude Thornhill. Don was thrilled to play in the band with Zoot Sims and other notable jazz musicians of the day. The band was decommissioned at the conclusion of the war, but Don had dreams of moving to NYC to pursue life as a professional jazz musician. His mother had other plans for her only son and steadfastly demanded that he return stateside to attend Indiana University on the G.I. Bill. While at IU Don pledged Beta Theta Pi fraternity and graduated with a business degree in 1949. He was later honored as the Kelley School of Business Distinguished Entrepreneur in 1987.

After graduation, Don joined Inland Container, a corrugated box company and moved to Indianapolis. He excelled in sales, becoming a top producer and sales manager within 3 years. It was during the early years of his career that he met his future wife, Patricia Deforest, a first-year student at Indiana University. After a brief courtship they married in 1951. Pat and Don moved to Chicago in 1952 and later to Hinsdale, Illinois where they raised their four children.

When Don was 28 years old, he founded Time Container with seed money from his mother (which he dutifully re-paid in three years). Don built Time into a successful public enterprise and then sold it to the Irish conglomerate, Smurfit Industries in 1970. After a brief retirement, Don acquired Clark Products, a paper distributor, which he also grew into a prosperous company with locations across the U.S.

 As a young business owner, he joined Young Presidents Organization (“YPO”). A consummate entrepreneur, Don often found investment opportunities with his YPO friends. Among his more exciting endeavors included a partnership in a racehorse, a California vineyard, and the Aspen Inn. YPO was an association that would prove to be significant to both Pat and Don. They made cherished and sincere friendships through their YPO travels and experiences.

After business, Don’s passions included golf and big band music. He loved playing golf with friends at the Hinsdale Golf Club and Ocean Reef Club, a hobby he continued well into his 90’s. He loved listening to jazz music. Among his favorites were Count Basie and Duke Ellington. Don was a wonderful raconteur who enjoyed making new friends and spending time with his family.

He was a former Chapter Chair of the Young President's Organization, an active member of the Chief Executive's Organization, the Ocean Reef Club, Hinsdale and Card Sound Golf Clubs, the Casino Club of Chicago and the Beta Theta Pi Alumni Organization as well as other civic organizations in the Chicago area.

Pat and Don were married for 72 years until she preceded him in death in November of ’23. Don is survived by his four children, Jeff Hindman (Gina), Leslie Hindman, Sally Hindman (Dan Sawislak), and Donald Hindman (Maron) and nine grandchildren, Jeff Hindman (Nicole), Lacy Bailey (Mike), Kirsten Hindman, Austin Hindman, Charlie Hindman, Hadley Hindman, Duke Hindman, Trudy Hindman and Sylvia Sawislak and four great grandchildren, Paige, Lucy, Trip and Dylan. A private celebration of life will be held in Hinsdale, IL at a later date. 

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Don J Hindman hosted by Powell Funeral Directors.

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