Douglas J. Quinn, 70
Douglas J. Quinn age 70 of New Hampton died Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at MercyOne Hospital in New Hampton.
A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, March 21, 2020, at Holy Family Parish, New Hampton with Rev. Brian Dellaert celebrating the Mass. Interment will take place on Monday, March 23, 2020, at the Emmet Cemetery in rural Beresford, SD.
PLEASE JOIN THE FAMILY SATURDAY AT 10:30 A.M. VIA FACEBOOK LIVE ON THE HUGEBACK JOHNSON FUNERAL HOMES Facebook PAGE TO SUPPORT THE FAMILY.
DUE TO CURRENT VIRUS RESTRICTIONS THERE WILL BE CELEBRATION OF LIFE SERVICES HELD AT A LATER DATE IN BOTH NEW HAMPTON AND SOUTH DAKOTA.
Arrangements are with Hugeback - Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in New Hampton.
Born on April 25, 1949, in rural South Dakota, Douglas James Quinn was the youngest of three children. He attended Alcester High School, was awarded a track scholarship and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Dakota State University.
Doug married Dianne Kattke on July 31, 1971, and they both became teachers in Highmore, SD. Doug taught social sciences for seven years and coached football, wrestling, basketball and track. His teams achieved many successes, including placing runner-up by a narrow half-point margin in the 1978 state high school track championship. Former students still speak of his impact on their lives inside and outside the classroom.
Doug stepped into sales in 1978 and worked as a sales manager for Pioneer Garage in Highmore until 2000. He continued to be involved with sports, serving as a regional and state track starter and area basketball referee. Doug was dedicated to the Highmore community and served with many civic organizations, including being a founding member of the Hyde County Action Club that hosted jam-packed basketball tournaments to raise funds so every area kid could have a basketball hoop in their driveway and other athletic opportunities. He also served as Highmore’s mayor and brought many improvements to the town.
In 2000, Doug transitioned to a position with Case Credit and moved his family to Clear Lake, IA. In 2005 he became manager of New Hampton Red Power in New Hampton, IA, and spent the next 15 years serving the New Hampton community and farmers around the region. One of his favorite things to do was host an annual open house and personally grill ribs to honor his customers.
Never one to slow down, Doug filled his time outside of work with church, family, friends, golf, softball, bicycling, hunting, fishing, gardening and tending to his backyard pond. Neighborhood kids loved stopping by to feed his koi fish and see what new thing he had planted.
Doug’s three kids and four grandkids were his greatest joy. Those who knew him best-heard story after story about the latest and greatest in each of their lives. All three of his children were college athletes and through the years he traveled to countless basketball games and track meets to cheer them on. More than that, he always went the distance to cheer them on in life.
Doug ran an incredible race—one that served and impacted the lives of many. We are all better because he fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4:7)
Doug’s surviving family include his wife, Dianne; children Ted (Jackie) Quinn of Nolensville, TN; Tara (Mike) Fotsch of Windsor, CO; Jessica Quinn of Denver, CO; grandchildren Jenna and Kellen Quinn, and Julia and Grant Fotsch; sister Lois (Ken) Lippmann of North Salem, NY; brother-in-law Rick Johnson of Pelican Rapids, MN; nephews Kenneth and Christopher Lippmann, Andrew Johnson and Thomas Doan; and numerous extended family and friends.
Doug was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Agnes Quinn; sister Marlys Johnson; and infant, Angela Marie Quinn.