Born August 31, 1930 in San Francisco, CA, his family later moved to Appleton, WI, where he attended Appleton High School and graduated in1948. After high school, Don attended the University of Wisconsin and Michigan State University receiving a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. Following college he served as a First Lieutenant in the Army during the Korean War. After completing his military service, he became the manager of the South Bend Country Club. Looking to move to Chicago, he landed an interview with CNA Insurance, ultimately resulting in a position within their Association Group Insurance division and his entrée to a long and successful career in insurance. During his time at CNA, he met Susan Johnson and they married on January 16, 1965 and settled in Lombard and then Glen Ellyn, Illinois. They were married 42 years until Susan passed in 2007. From CNA, Don become President of Maginnis and Associates, ultimately acquiring the agency. Prior to, and following his retirement in 1990, Don served as a member of many organizations within the insurance industry and affinity groups he cultivated relationships with over the years. A charter member of the Professional Insurance Marketing Association (PIMA), Don was the recipient of PIMA’s Legend Award in 2008. This award recognized his leadership role in the industry. Don contributed to many philanthropic causes including Dream Catchers and has set an example and developed a culture of giving.
Don was fortunate to be able to spend 8 years married to his second wife Cherylle. A love of travel took Don to many parts of the world. He enjoyed the game of golf and greatly enjoyed discussing politics and the latest financial news during morning coffee and/or evening cocktails with his many long time and dear friends made while spending time at his home in St. Thomas – fondly referred to as his “happy place.”
Dad will be greatly missed by his loving family, friends and faithful dog Frank.
The Lang family would like to express their gratitude to Edgeworth Park at Newtown and Community Hospice for their tremendous care and compassion.
A celebration of Don’s life will be held at a future date in St. Thomas and Williamsburg, VA.
Donations in his memory can be made to Dream Catchers of Toano, VA or the Saint Thomas Humane Society, USVI.