Donald “Don” J. Durbin, 80, dies

Donald “Don” J. Durbin, 80, of Cloquet passed away peacefully Friday, June 13, 2014 in Cloquet Community Memorial Hospital from complications with Mesothelioma.  He was born in 1934 in Motley to John and Etta Durbin.
Don attended school in Motley and worked on the family farm.  He worked as an iron worker on the Iron Range and surrounding area for 58 years and was the owner/operator of Don’s Welding Shop in Winton, MN.  Don was a long term resident of Winton, MN prior to moving to Cloquet.
He was preceded in death by his parents; beloved son, Jerry; granddaughter, Whitney Durbin; sons-in-law, Jerry Lee and David VanVickle; brother-in-law, Delmer Reger; the mother of his children Julia “Judy” Durbin, and Betty’s sons, Tim and David Hilton.
Don is survived by his partner of 30 years, Betty Hilton, of Cloquet; children, Susan Lee of Britt, Scott (Darlene) of Wrenshall, Margie of Virginia, Donald of Angola, IN, Penny VanVickle of Hibbing, and Paul of Faribault; brothers, Charles of Leavenworth, KS, George “Bernie” of St. Cloud, Walter (Janet) of Brooklyn Park, Roger (Joyce) of Ogilvie and James (Dona) of Basin, WY; sisters, Elinor  Reger of Big Lake and Patricia (Delbert) Johnson of Frannie, WY;  daughters-in-law, Lisa Eastwood of Angola, IN and Tina Durbin of Brownton, MN; Betty’s daughter, Lindy Hilton of Monticello; 16 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 3:30 until the 4:30 p.m. Memorial Service, Saturday, June 21, 2014 in Atkins-Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th Street, Cloquet.  To leave an online tribute, see