North American Oil & Gas Pipelines

SEP 2018

North American Oil & Gas Pipelines covers the news shaping the business of oil and gas pipeline construction and maintenance in North America, including pipeline installation methods, integrity management innovations and managerial strategies.

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napipelines.com SEPTEMBER 2 018 | North American Oil & Gas Pipelines 13 R.I.P. Donald "Don" W. Thorn, Pipeline Industry Veteran Donald "Don" W. Thorn, a pipeline industry veteran, former North Ameri- can Oil & Gas Pipelines Editorial Advi- sory Board member and current Pipeline Leadership Conference Planning Com- mittee member, died Aug. 3. After a perfect day with the love of his life, he kissed her goodnight and drifted off to sleep. Donald William Thorn, na- tive of Vina, Alabama, born June 27, 1949 to William E. and Oniece W. (Lindley) Thorn, leaves behind a great legacy of love and service to the Lord, his church, his family and friends. Aged 69, Thorn died suddenly at his home in Perrysburg, Ohio, which he shared with his loving wife of 45 years, Judy (White) Thorn. He had recently re- tired after a lengthy career in the pipeline industry, which he had worked in since the age of 16. He met Judy in Ashland, Kentucky at the Bluegrass Grill, and from the first date onward they knew they were meant to be life-long partners. He graduated as valedictorian of Vina High School, aged 16. He went on to at- tend the University of Alabama, earning a degree in aerospace engineering and igniting a lifelong passion for the greatest college football team that has ever existed. Don had a lengthy and successful career that took him across the entirety of the United States and every corner of the globe, starting with an 18-month stretch working in Nigeria and ending with serving as President of Welded Construction. Additionally, he served on multiple professional and service group boards including the Board of Directors for the Pipe Line Contractors Association (PLCA) and served as its president from 2008 to 2009, the PLCA Labor Committee. He also served as president of the Kiwanis of Perrysburg. He is survived by his wife, Judy Thorn, his son Michael Thorn (Amanda Warren), son Matthew Thorn (Ashley Thorn), daughter, Jessi Robertson (Tom Robertson), grandchildren, Haley, So- phia, Evan and Addie Robertson, and Kaelee A. Keaster; sister, Cathy (Larry) Vickery; and goddaughter, Taylor Ball. A visitation for family and friends took place Aug. 9 at Witzler-Shank Fu- neral Home in Perrysburg. Funeral ser- vices were Aug. 10 at First Baptist Church of Perrysburg. Burial followed in Fort Meigs Union Cemetery. Online condolences to the family may be made at witzlershank.com .

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