Donald M Hailpern

June 21, 1928December 3, 2018

Donald Melvin Hailpern, age 90 years young, went on his final journey early Monday morning December 3. Suffering from a short illness, he waited in the hospital bed until his 2 Granddaughters from Western Canada arrived to bid him a loving and soothing and tender farewell before he left for a better place. Born June 21, 1928 in Denver, Colorado to Henry and Molly Hailpern, he resided his whole life there in the city. Growing up with his siblings: 2 brothers, Bernie and Paul and his 2 sisters, Maxine and Marietta. Dad was very proud of his time spent in the United States Marine Corps where he served as Private First Class and spent time in China during the war. He was honorably discharged in October of 1946. After leaving the service Don married Lois and together they started a family and had myself, Sharon ( 1951) and David (1954). As a refrigerator repair man during this time he left that job and pursued becoming a police officer. I think this was his most challenging yet gratifying, accomplishment and the one he cherished belongs to the Denver Police Department. He started in 1952 and had enjoyed the Motorcycle patrol, Highway Patrol and walking HIS beat. His demeanor and his attitude demanded constant respect and his mannerism and compassion made him a very well known helpful fair Police Officer to have protecting the streets in downtown Denver. Some of the stories he could tell would fit nicely in the movie sector of todays TV shows " Law and Order." Retiring in 1977 he now has a place of honor in the Denver Police museum as cherished the title as the Last ever Beat Officer of the City. Don loved to travel and would pack up annually to venture on a trip up to British Columbia Canada, sometimes going all the way to the East coast of the United States and Canada and then going across or taking a scenic route up the northern coast to his British Columbia destination. There was not much of Canada and the United states he hadn't seen. He has always wanted to return to China to see if what he remembered during the war was changed and how much it had modernized. He spoke of it often but because he didn't want to fly, there were no " Slow boats to China " that he wanted to spend much time on. Hunting and fishing and playing Poker with his buddies was a favorite past time of his. He enjoyed visiting friends and neighbors quite often. Being very much a family man, he spent a lot of time with his brothers, sisters, their spouses and families. Dad being who he was, was a " Ladies Man" and having the special charisma he had, was always popular with the opposite sex. Stories preceded him up until the end. Donald is survived by his Brother Paul and Sister Marietta. His Daughter Sharon Gardner (Art Schlender), His Son David Hailpern . 2 Granddaughters Tera_Lea Coutu and Connie Carson, and 3 Grandchildren Brandon and Chelsea Randal and Grant Carson. Grayson Randal is his one and only Great Grandson. Numerous Nieces and Nephews and grand and great grand Nieces and Nephews. Don was predeceased by wife Joyce and wife Shirley, Father and Mother Henry and Molly Hailpern, Brother Berny and sister Maxine Weems. Donald had a long and remarkable adventurous life. He touched many throughout his time . He is even to this day remembered by my childhood school friends as the Dad that brought the monkeys to school for everyone to see and play with during my elementary years some 45 years ago. The memories I have of Dad could fill books.... Be at Peace Dad . Love you and will Miss you more then you know.]


  • Memorial Service Thursday, December 6, 2018
  • Graveside Service Friday, December 7, 2018

Donald M Hailpern

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Sharon Gardner

December 7, 2018

Good Bye Dad. May you rest in peace with all the people you missed so badly. You asked me why you were
here on earth so long, I didn't know the answer but maybe I have a better incite into it now. Your illness came quickly, and no one could figure out what was happening. The last time you were home and I talked to you on Skype, I asked you if you could hang on until your Granddaughters could get there. You said loud and clear to me " I will try" You did! You waited until they were in the hospital room with you. They visited with you for a couple hours then left so you could get rest and so they could get some rest from their long day. You waited for about 6 hours before you left us. You had done what you said. You always did what you said you would. I am going to miss you greatly. miss our morning Skype chats with my morning coffee in my hand. Miss our exchange of words, stories, weather, plans, appointments, all the things we shared most every morning. I am going to miss you Dad in more ways then that. I knew you were always there. You know how I hated to say Good Bye.
Love you Dad......

Fred Gimeno

December 4, 2018

Hey Don, I have thought about you often through my 30 year career. You were my first and best training officer. We walked the beat on Broadway together, detail two. We did this sometimes in 100 degree plus heat. It was fun and I learned a lot. Later as a training office I showed my recruits what you taught me. I will never forget, you were friendly to everyone and we made our stats too. It was a pleasure.

Fred Cisneros

December 4, 2018

I mostly knew Don from our Retiree Dinners. He had a great personality and was a joy to talk to. I was very saddened when I heard about him passing on. I will miss his smile and the warmth of his friendship.

Mike O'Neill

December 3, 2018

I never worked with Don but every time I saw him he had a ready smile. He wore the uniform well and proudly. Don was blessed to enjoy his well-earned pension for many years.