PRICE-Donald J. Hoffman, 89, passed away peacefully at Castleview Hospital surrounded by his loving family on September 19, 2018. Born July 10, 1929 in Lansing, Illinois to John and Eva Scheidt Hoffman. Don was the 7th child in a family of 10 kids and raised in Crown Point, Indiana. He married his high school sweetheart; Janet Elaine Chittum on October 23rd, 1948 and moved to Salt Lake City, Utah with Jan’s family. They were blessed with 5 boys and 1 girl.
Dad always was a hard worker and taught all of us how to work. Don worked many jobs to provide for his family. He worked at Continental Bank in SLC and was in charge of the data processing center and was a key figure in starting the computerized systems in banks. Don loved to sing and was a member of the “Tune Tenders” in the Barbershop Quartet. He also sang in the choir at The Cathedral of the Madeline Catholic Church. Don was a Sergeant Major in the Army Reserves and retired with 26 years of service. He was always proud to be an Army Veteran.
Don was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved the outdoors. In 1968 he had enough of the banking industry and the “rat race” of the city. He decided he wanted to get back to nature and do something as a family. He resigned from the banking industry and moved the family to Castle Valley, Utah, 25 miles East of Moab and began Hoffman’s Castle Valley Ranch. There was a small home and nothing else. We, as a family built it all from the ground up. We built a bunkhouse and tack room, 2 cabins, a shower/toilet building and a ranch kitchen and a store. We served nightly BBQ chicken and roast beef dinners off of an old wagon. We took people on trail rides and had campfire entertainment with Dave & Tim playing their guitars and Don on the harmonica. Plus nightly skits was always fun! Don also worked in Moab, Utah as the Economic Development Director for Grand County and engaged in industrial promotion, organized the Water Conservancy District and was instrumental in getting Kens Lake built and started the first grapes grown for the wineries. After 6 years of running the ranch, the boys were grown and moving away. Don & Jan along with Sue & Paul moved to Price, Utah in 1974 and they opened Hoffman’s Hard Hat Furniture and Appliance and it is still open today. Paul is the store manager and Sue does all the book work. Don & Jan retired from the store and enjoyed traveling to all 50 United States and a lot of foreign countries too. In 1999 Don had a massive stroke which affected his speech. For 19 years he couldn’t talk, but that didn’t stop him! He always carried a pen and paper with him and could write a lot down. In 2008 he had a double aorta aneurysm and he survived it! The Drs. Always said he was a “walking miracle”!
Don was a member of Notre Dame Catholic Church, in the Knights of Columbus, Member of the Price Elks Lodge#1550, Past President of The Price Kiwanis Club and proud to be part of the American Legion. He served on many committees and boards in the county.
Don fell Monday September 17th and broke his hip and his body just couldn’t take it anymore. He died peacefully, surrounded by his loving family and took his last breathe right after the Catholic Priest gave him his last rites.
Don is survived by sons; David (Tammy) Hoffman, Price, Utah, Tim (Lisa) Hoffman, Wheat Ridge, Co., Paul (Tami) Hoffman, Price, Utah, daughter; Sue (John) Douros, Price, Utah, daughter-in-law Diane Anderson Hoffman, Moab, Utah. 12 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren, 2 sisters; Marcella and Rosie and 1 brother Francis Hoffman. Preceded in death by his wife Janet Chittum Hoffman, sons: Danny & Ken Hoffman, granddaughters: Hanna Hoffman and Billy Gentry Brown, both parents and 4 brothers and 2 sisters.
The family would like to thank the Staff at The Heirloom Inn in Price for the wonderful care and love shown to our Dad. Also to Dr. Shane Gagon for his medical help over the years and to the staff at Castleview Hospital.
Vigil Service Monday September 24, 2018, 7:00 pm at Mitchell’s Funeral Home where family will meet with friends from 6-7 pm. Funeral Mass Tuesday September 25th, 2018 at Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church at 10:00 am. Committal service, Price City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Notre Dame Church or American Fork Training Center. Friends are welcome to share memories of Don online at www.mitchellfuneralhome.net