On Jan. 18, 1931, he was born in Glens Falls, N.Y., to Don and Frieda (Purner) Hatin. Raised in Glens Falls, Don also lived in Evansville, Fort Wayne and Indianapolis. He married Glenda Layne, Feb. 13, 1988, in Fort Wayne, whom survives.
Don graduated from Milwaukee School of Engineering then began is career with Sprague Electric in North Adams, Massachussetts. He then worked for RCA in Pennsaukey, New Jersey before he moved to Fort Wayne to work for ITT Corp, building radios for the U.S. Army. He also owned several patents with RCA. After retiring from ITT Corp, Don worked for a year with United Airlines.
He was of the Catholic faith, attending the Lutheran and Catholic churches in Fort Wayne and he also attended St. Jude’s Catholic Church, South Bend. He was active in the Boy Scouts and was a baseball umpire. Don loved gardening and growing flowers, outdoor activities, camping and watching The History Channel.
Don is survived by his wife: Glenda Hatin, South Bend; five children: Diana Raushi, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; Donald Robert Hatin, Glens Falls; Darren Hatin, New Haven, Ind.; Michael Todd Montgomery, Warsaw, Ind.; and Lori Montgomery, South Bend; one brother: Dave Hatin, South Glens Falls, N.Y.; one sister: Betty Trombley, Las Vegas, Nev.; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28, at the funeral home with Father John DeLaney officiating. Burial will be at Lakeview Cemetery, Silver Lake, Ind.
The family requests memorial contributions are to be made to Hospice House, 22579 Old US 20 East, Elkhart, IN 46516.