Donald Franklin Hein, 87, passed away peacefully at home on May 13, 2020, in Livermore with May, his loving wife of 61 years, by his side.
He was born March 26, 1933, in Wadena, Minnesota, to Marguerite Demask Hein, the fifth of six children. Donald worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as an electrical testing technician from 1979 until his retirement in 2001. He had previously worked at the Nevada Proving Grounds, now the Department of Energy’s Nevada National Security Site, in the same capacity.
Donald served in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Korea. After leaving the service, he took a job in Taiwan as an electrical contractor with Philco Electronics, where he soon met his neighbor, May. They were married in 1959.
After retirement, Donald and May traveled throughout North American America and Asia. They eventually built a second home in May’s hometown of Taichung, Taiwan living for many years in Livermore and Taiwan depending on the seasons.
Donald is survived by his wife, May; adopted son Donald Fong (Wendy), of Orinda, California; sisters Dorothy and Betty of Fremont, California; nephew John Michael Dangler (Karen), of Placerville, California; grandsons Donald C. Fong, of Orinda. and Casey K. Fong, currently stationed at Ft. Benning, Georgia, and nieces and nephews in America, Taiwan and Canada.
Donald is now eternally resting in peace at Lone Tree cemetery in Hayward, California, with his son, Daniel Gene Hein (1961-1962).
The family extends its appreciation to the staff at Hospice East Bay in Concord, California, for their care in Donald’s last days and request that any donations be made to the organization in his memory.