Donald L. Blinzinger, age 67 passed away peacefully at his residence in Nashville on Thursday afternoon, September 19, 2013, after a strong and courageous battle with ALS. By his side, was his loving and devoted wife, C. Mariea (Fox) Blinzinger. Don was a resident of Nashville and a former resident of Indianapolis.
He was born on April 24, 1946 in Tell City to his parents, the late James Edward and Edith Ann (Huff) Blinzinger. Don was a 1964 graduate of Tell City High School and went on to earn his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Speech from Wabash College. He later received his Master's Degree from Florida State University.
Don retired in 2010 as the Sr. Vice President for Bose Public Affairs Group in Indianapolis after 14 years of service. Prior to that, he was the Sr. Vice President of Legal & Regulatory Affairs at St. Vincent Hospital and Health Care Center. Don had a very successful and rewarding career. He was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Robert D. Orr in 1986, served as the Chief-of-Staff to House Republican Leader Brian C. Bosma and the House Republican Caucus from 2002 – 2003, and served as the first male board member on the Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization – Indiana affiliate.
Former government board positions include: Commissioner of the Indiana State Department of Welfare, Indiana Health Facilities Council, Indiana Hospital Licensing Council, Hospital Prospective Payment Commission, Calumet Township Control Board and Calumet Township Management Committee. He was a member of the Columbia Club in Indianapolis, Governmental Affairs Society of Indiana and the Holcomb Estates Owners' Association.
Don's hobbies included visiting Winery's with his wife, dancing, and walking his beautiful property in Brown County. He enjoyed his time sitting on his front porch and reading about History and Politics.
Don is survived by his wife; children: Kelly Grant of Bloomington, Polly (Brian) Fiddler of Fishers, Christopher (Kendra) Blinzinger of Pleasant Grove, UT, Jon (Kiera) Blinzinger of Layton, UT and Aaron (Heather) Blinzinger of Provo, UT. He is also survived by two step-children: Eric Goodwin of Franklin & Candace Fox of Tulsa, OK; brother: Lynn (Dorothy) Blinzinger of Tell City; 24 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Family friend, Jim Haas conducted a private funeral service on Monday at Meredith – Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown. Burial followed the funeral services at Goshen Cemetery in Brown County.
Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Don to the ALS Association of Indiana, 6525 E. 82nd Street, Suite 115 Indianapolis, IN 46250.
Expressions of caring and kindness can be made to the Blinzinger family at www.meredith-clark.com .