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In Memory of

Donald S. Cason

November 15, 1922 - June 17, 2017

Obituary


ST. AUGUSTINE, FL- Donald S. Cason, 94, died on June 17, at his home in the Glenmoor Retirement Community, under the brief care of Hospice. Don was born November 15, 1922, the son of Robert and Grace (Stormer) Cason. He graduated from Quincy H.S. in 1941, Gem City Business College in 1942, and attended the USAF Cadet Program at Tulsa University in 1943, before being commissioned as a second lieutenant and bombardier / navigator in the USAF in 1943. After World War II, Don attended Quincy College, where he met the love of his life,...

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL- Donald S. Cason, 94, died on June 17, at his home in the Glenmoor Retirement Community, under the brief care of Hospice. Don was born November 15, 1922, the son of Robert and Grace (Stormer) Cason. He graduated from Quincy H.S. in 1941, Gem City Business College in 1942, and attended the USAF Cadet Program at Tulsa University in 1943, before being commissioned as a second lieutenant and bombardier / navigator in the USAF in 1943. After World War II, Don attended Quincy College, where he met the love of his life, Joan Rupp. They both graduated in 1948 and Don began his career with C.I.T, and after he had established himself, he married Jo in 1951 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Quincy.

Don earned a graduate degree in banking from the University of Wisconsin in 1969 and became President/CEO of First National Bank in Mattoon, IL, in 1972. He grew the bank from $30 million to $100 million in assets during his tenure. He was an innovator, serving on the board of the Association for Modern Banking in Illinois, bringing the first ATMs to town, and forming a bank holding company, which laid the foundation for the bank's growth. His secret to success? Don't sit behind a desk. Go out into the community. Go to conferences. Learn from others. ("You'll never go broke taking someone to breakfast.") Empower people.

Don believed firmly in a life of service and served as President of the Mattoon Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club, as a member of the Elks and Moose, as a founder of the Key Club at Mattoon High School and the Sheriff's Drop a Dime program, among others. He continued this practice after he retired to Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, in 1984, serving on the Sawgrass Players Club Owners Association and volunteering at his church, Our Lady Star of the Sea.
But what he most wanted to be remembered for is being a devoted husband and father. He once said, "My job was to keep Jo happy." And he did that in spades during his 64-year marriage. He and Jo were a great team raising their three children, becoming fierce competitors on the golf course in the summer (Don: 5 holes in one; Jo, two) and around the bridge table in the winter. (Don continued to play bridge until only a few days before his death.) His secret to a happy marriage? Say two things often: I love you and I'm sorry.

Don is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Joan (Rupp), his parents and his two sisters, Pauline Haut of Elkhart, IN; Lorene Badamo of Waukegan, IL. He is survived by his three children: Gary (wife Pat) of Pana, IL; Randy (wife Barbara) of Leesburg, VA; Julie (wife Lisa) of Carmel Valley, CA, his granddaughter Kimberly, three great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren all in Illinois.

A memorial service and reception will be held on Thursday, June 22, 2017, at 1:00 PM at the Glenmoor Retirement Community Clubhouse, 235 Towerview Drive, St. Augustine. FL. Flowers are welcome and will be donated to Health Center residents. (Don often took flowers to them.) Alternatively, donations to Glenmoor's Employee Scholarship Fund or Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Don's memory would also be appreciated.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hardage-Giddens Beaches Funeral Home, 1701 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250. (904) 249-2374. www.hardage-giddensbeacheschapel.com or www.dignitymemorial.com