Don passed away peacefully on January 20, 2013, after a lengthy illness at the age of 64. He was born in Chicago, the 4th of 5 children for Timothy and Florence Hinchey, on August 1, 1948. A devoted and loving father, and cherished brother and uncle, Don is survived by his three children Adam, Laura and Mark; his grandchildren Kaylyn, Cali, Blake and Brooklynn; his brothers Tim and Bob; his sister Mary; two nephews, three nieces, seven grand-nieces, and seven grand-nephews. Don graduated from the University of Northern Colorado, and began his professional life at Colorado State Tire where he organized some memorable "road rallies". He later owned and ran a used-book store on So. Broadway, in Denver, before shifting his focus to sports, where he made a positive impact on the Denver sports landscape. His efforts with the Denver and Colorado Baseball Commissions were instrumental in bringing major league baseball to Colorado. He also worked with the Denver Organizing Committee to bring the 1990 NCAA men's Final Four basketball tournament to Denver. An active Colorado resident of 40 years, Don played volleyball with a local league and enjoyed the game of bridge. He was a skillful writer who understood the power of words and excelled at reading and proofing copy, including editing a book on bridge. As the son of a Notre Dame alumnus, he was the ever-passionate fan of Notre Dame sports. His family and friends will remember his positive and optimistic outlook on every situation he faced. A memorial celebration of Don's life is planned for February 2nd, 1pm at The Oxford Hotel. Memorial donations may be made to Little Sisters of the Poor or Hospice of Saint John.
Published in Denver Post on Jan. 27, 2013