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Donald C. Binard

July 3, 1936 - June 26, 2013
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Donald Charles Binard, age 76, of Saint Johns, FL, passed away June 26, 2013 after a six month battle with cancer.  Don is survived by his wife of 50 years, Martha "Cat" Catherine; son, Stephen (Jodi); and granddaughters, Samantha & Olivia, all of Saint Johns, FL; as well as sisters, Sharon (Howard) & Debrah; and brother, Robert, all of Colorado.  Don was predeceased by his mother, Catherine; father, Charles; and sister, Dianne.  Don was born in Colorado Springs and attended both the University o Colorado and Colorado A&M, now Colorado State, prior to entering the US Navy as a...


Donald Charles Binard, age 76, of Saint Johns, FL, passed away June 26,

2013 after a six month battle with cancer. 



Don is survived by his wife of 50 years, Martha "Cat" Catherine; son,

Stephen (Jodi); and granddaughters, Samantha & Olivia, all of Saint

Johns, FL; as well as sisters, Sharon (Howard) & Debrah; and brother,

Robert, all of Colorado.  Don was predeceased by his mother, Catherine;

father, Charles; and sister, Dianne. 



Don was born in Colorado Springs and attended both the University o

Colorado and Colorado A&M, now Colorado State, prior to entering the US

Navy as a NAVCAD.  After completing aviation officers candidate school

in Pensacola, Florida, he was commissioned as an Ensign and winged as a

Naval Aviator.  Don flew countless types of attack and fighter aircraft

from the very beginnings of Vietnam through his departure from service

as a Lieutenant Commander in 1967.  Don earned an Air Medal, among many

others, while serving as a Naval Aviator.   His last assignment was at

NAS Cecil Field, Florida as an F-8 Crusader pilot.  Upon his departure

from the Navy, he began his career with National Air Lines in Miami

rising to Captain flying several aircraft types including the Lockheed

Electra, Boeing 727 and Douglas DC-10.  National was acquired by Pan

American Airways and Don transitioned to Airbus A310 aircraft based in

New York.  During this time, Don set numerous world records for speed

over a commercial air route within the US, as well as between the US and

Europe.  Delta Air Lines acquired Pan Am, which permitted Don to fly

Boeing 737 aircraft and ultimately back to his beloved Boeing 727.  Don

retired from Delta in 1996.  Don was a tremendous sports fan and coached

various youth sports in Hollywood, Florida for many years.  Don was a

huge supporter of the University of Florida (where his son, Steve

graduated with an engineering degree) and attended nearly every home

football game, Florida vs. Georgia games in Jacksonville, and many away

and bowl games.  Don and Cat split their time between Hollywood and

their beach home in Panama City Beach.  Ultimately, they moved to

northeast Florida in early 2012 to be close to their granddaughters.

Don especially enjoyed watching the girls play youth sports and

attending every event possible. 



Memorial Services are to be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, July 11, 2013

in Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin.  As a veteran, his ultimate

resting place will be the Jacksonville National Cemetery.



In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be given to the American

(www.cancer.org) or Community Hospice of Northeast

Florida (communityhospice.com).



Arrangements are under the care and direction of Hardage-Giddens Funeral

Home of Mandarin, 11801 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32223.

www.hgmandarin.com (904) 288-0025.





 



"Dear Cat-Just left Largo Mar and was so sorry to hear about Don's passing. We will miss him! You are in our thoughts and prayers. Gary and Suzanne Dukewits"

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