Don Hinze

Don Hinze

PJ Years:  26
Location:  Madison
Retired:  2006
Position:  Inside Sales

Don was one of the originals, starting in the shop and quickly taking on the role of PJ’s first inside sales guy. This letter to all employees (all CAPS, naturally!) he wrote announcing his retirement pretty much says it all.

Don passed away in 2010, only a year after he retired.

TO ALL MY FELLOW EMPLOYEES,

WELL THE TIME HAS COME TO SAY GOOD BYE. AS MOST OF YOU KNOW FROM READING THE PJ TODAY NEWS LETTER TODAY IS MY LAST DAY WITH PALMER JOHNSON POWER SYSTEM.

IT IS ANOTHER BIG STEP IN A PERSONAL LIFE TO RETIRE. IT’S KIND OF SCARY TO SAY AND THINK DID “I DO THE RIGHT THING” ESPECIAL WHEN YOU DON’T’ HAVE PAY CHECK COMING EVERY WEEK, WELL MY THOUGHT IF YOU DON’T HAVE ANY PUT IN THE SOCK BY THEN I GUESS YOU NEVER WILL.

I HAVE A WONDERFUL WIFE AND THREE LOVING KIDS AND SEVEN GRANDKIDS. THAT WILL KEEP ME KIND BE BUSY IF I GET BORED AND I DON’T HAVE WORRIES ABOUT THAT, I CAN ALWAYS GO FISHING.

I SPECIALLY WOULD LIKE TO THANK MR BILL PARSON AND BETTY FOR ALL SPECIAL THINGS THEY DO FOR ALL EMPLOYEES YOU’LL NEVER FIND ANY COMPANY THAT WILL FLY ALL EMPLOYEES AND SPOUSES TO A SPECIAL PLACE AND PAY FOR IT FROM THERE POCKETS.

BILL AND BETTY HAVE THE BIGGEST HEART OF ANY PEOPLE I HAVE KNOWN IN MY LIFE TIME AND SPECIAL THANK YOU TO CRAIG PARSON FOLLOWING HIS MOTHER & DADS FOOT STEPS DOING THINGS THE WAY HIS FOLKS LIKE TO SEE THINGS DONE, DON’T FORGET THE EMPLOYEES, AND GIVE ALL THE EMPLOYEES THE VERY BEST OF EVERY THING THEY NEED. FROM COMPUTERS TO ALL THE VERY BEST EQUIPMENT THEY COULD GET FOR SHOP EQUIPMENT NEEDED, BUILDINGS THAT HAVE BEEN PUT UP OVER THE YEARS.

NEXT I WOULD LIKE TO THANK IS GARY SORG. HE HAS BEEN A WONDERFUL PERSON OVER THE YEARS TO LEARN FROM. AS I HAVE LEARNED FROM WATCHING HIM DO HIS THING ( MAKE MONEY FOR THE COMPANY ) AND TREAT THE CUSTOMERS AS THEY WERE GOD

NEXT I WOULD LIKE TO THANK TOM MAHAFFEY HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A GOOD FRIEND FROM DAY ONE WAY BACK WHEN P/J HAD A SHOP ABOUT THE SIZE OF YOUR KITCHEN AT HOME.

NEXT PERSON THAT IS VERY SPECIAL TO ME IS MR BILL IN OUR ST LOUIS BRANCH HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE FOR ANY TIME I HAVE NEEDED HELP ON ANY THING, THANKS MR BILL. ALSO IN FENTON MY KISSING BUDDY RICH (THAT IS JOKE RICH AND I ARE NOT KISSING BUDDIES)

NEXT I HAVE THANK ALL THE EMPLOYEES HERE AT SUN PRAIRIE VERY NICE FAMILY TO WORK WITH IN THE BAD TIMES AND ALL THE GOOD TIMES. THERE ALL SPECIAL TO ME , ESPECIAL TO RIC HE AS ALWAYS HELP WHEN NEEDED

NEXT BEFORE I SIGN OFF IS TO THANK EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU THROUGH OUT THE HOLE COMPANY. I KNOW I MENTION SOME SPECIAL NAMES ABOVE BUT I WILL NOT FOR GET EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE NOT JUST FOR ME BUT FOR THE HOLE COMPANY!

KEPT UP THE GOOD WORK AND MAYBE I’LL SEE YOU ALL SOME DAY AGAIN SOME WHERE

MAY GOOD BLESS YOU AND GOOD HEALTH TOO

DON HINZE