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Donald Keith Corbin
September 28, 1949 – July 21, 2020
The family of Donald Keith Corbin has announced his unexpected passing on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. Don was born on September 28, 1949 in the Greenville, Ohio hospital, to parents William C. and Helen E. Brandon Corbin, residents of Union City, Indiana where Don spent his childhood years. After graduation from Union City High School he entered Indiana University where he earned his bachelors degree in 1971, and his law degree in 1974. In his youth, Don’s leadership roles included High School Student Body President, President of the Indiana Christian Church Disciples of Christ Youth Fellowship, and Commandant of the Indiana University ROTC. Don was married in 1971 to his love, Marilyn Peyton, and in 1987 they welcomed their beloved daughter Caitlyn Elizabeth Peyton Corbin to the family. On November 3, 2019 Caitlyn and husband Chris McCarthy presented the captor of Don’s heart, his only grandchild, Graysen Corbin McCarthy. Don spent his entire career as an attorney in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He practiced with the firm English, McCaughan and O’Brien for two years before opening his own practice which served business and personal clients for over 40 years. Don found additional life passion in writing, beginning with regular Facebook posts relating stories about his hometown Hoosier roots. He soon branched into life encouragements aimed at loving relationships and personal joy. He leaves a national following of hundreds of avid readers, new friends, and occasional philosophical adversaries, mostly respectful! Don is survived by his first wife, Marilyn Peyton Corbin, former wife, Judy Corbin, and loving partner, Crystal Page. Other family includes daughter Caitlyn and son-in-law Chris McCarthy, granddaughter Graysen, brother Bill Corbin (Janet Corbin), and sister Kathy Corbin (Bill Nugent), nieces Kimberly Corbin and Lisa Corbin Fritz, nephew Brandon Corbin, and a colorful cast of great- nieces and great-nephews. The family requests that memorial gifts for Don be forwarded to the SOS Children’s Villages, https://www.sosflorida.com
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Donald Keith Corbin
August 2, 2020
On behalf of Don’s Indiana family, thank you for this memory book and the thoughts of Don’s Florida friends and family. We have lost a family treasure, at least for a little while. The vision of Don’s heavenly reunion with his mother — principal architect of our family’s joy — is especially sweet. Rest In Peace, Dear Brother.
July 31, 2020
Since the miracle and legacy of our life together is our daughter Caitlyn, who came into our lives with the help and support of foster care, a memorial gift to the SOS Children’s Villages is a fitting tribute to Don’s life.
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July 29, 2020
Don was one of those friends of a lifetime one can count on one hand. I loved him. We were simpatico. Politics, History, sports, life we were always on the same page. Our friendly sometimes heated discussions as members of the “scotch boys” at lunch every Friday, or our adventures traveling (and getting lost) on our way to our annual Heat and Marlin games are memories I will always cherish. Our teams which usually lost would always win when we were there. I miss you, brother.
July 29, 2020
I love you and miss you Dad. Thank you for all the wonderful memories and I am so glad you got to meet your granddaughter. Graysen will grow up knowing how much you loved her and cherished her.
July 28, 2020
In 1987, Marilyn and I adopted a newborn (actually born in Randolph County, Indiana), Caitlyn Elizabeth Peyton Corbin. Caitlyn graduated from IU just like her parents and is teaching in Deerfield Beach, Florida. She is single, and her mother and I wish her all the happiness life can bring.
Marilyn and I divorced in 1997, after 26 years of marriage. I married Judith Williams in 2003. We have been separated since 2006. I currently date Crystal Page who has been my friend for over 14 years.
I still have my own firm, although, I have reduced my caseload since 2005 when I was in an automobile accident. I have practiced law now for 43 years, and it doesn’t seem I will be stopping any time soon.
I enjoy writing, reading, all sports, and history. I am writing a book about growing up in small town America. I write frequently and post on Facebook on my own page, and in other sites on social media.
DON CORBIN, ESQ.
July 28, 2020
Don was a 1967 classmate of mine, he was a great person and will be missed by many of Union City, Ind.
here is the short BIO he wrote for our 50th class reunion.
DON CORBIN BIO
Since leaving high school, I went to Indiana University. There, I received two Bachelor of Arts Degrees in 1971 in Sociology and Political Science. While I was at IU, I served as Commandant of Cadets in the Reserve Officers Training Corp (ROTC), achieving the rank of Cadet Colonel in 1970. I also served as Governor of my Residence Hall, Stockwell College, in Wright Quadrangle. I had previously been the Secretary of the Board of Governors. Upon graduation from undergraduate school, I was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. I was discharged from the military in 1973 for medical reasons.
While at IU, I met Marilyn Peyton from Wilmette, Illinois, and we married in 1971, two weeks before I started law school at Indiana University Maurer School of Law where I achieved a Juris Doctorate in 1974. Marilyn was a year behind me at IU when we met, and finished at IU one year after we married. She taught school at Edgewood Junior High School in Ellettsville, Indiana, outside of Bloomington. I sold home fire alarm systems door to door so we were able to scrape by living the life of college students.
In 1974, we moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida after I was offered a job with English McCaughan and Obrien, at the time the largest law firm in Fort Lauderdale. After 2 years, I opened my own law firm and had a general business practice specializing in municipal law, contract law, business, and family with a little criminal law thrown in to keep me in a court room. I represented Pompano Air Center and Becker Aviation in the development of Pompano Air Park, in Pompano Beach, Florida. I also have represented Stuart Gardner and Associates, Inc., Gregory Kurdian and Associates, and Florida Meeting Services, Inc., destination travel managers.
To be continued.
July 27, 2020
Sadly, my friend Don Corbin has passed. My heart goes out to the Corbin family and all of “Corb’s” friends. We lost a very fine person. I admire his eloquence and forcefulness in speaking out against social injustice and supporting Black Lives Matter so vehemently. He also loved his roots and his heartfelt chronicles of UC and his love of family and friends are cherished by so many. Corb, I loved You man! So glad we were tennis doubles partners all those years ago and so glad we became friends on FB. You fought the good fight bro’ and I will try hard to keep da’ faith and keep taking a stand. I know your star will shine on in the sky tonite and every nite!✌️❤️
July 27, 2020
Corb (Don) n I played doubles together for two years for a great tennis team that our principal disdainfully called a “Shakespearian actors troupe” due to our long hair n antics, Which I think we were all mostly proud of—-well maybe not all of the antics! Don n I were a gutsy duo, scratching, clawing our way thru matches in a rough n tumble style. He was long n lanky and could cover a lot of ground. I was a fire plug who held my own. We never gave up and somehow willed the ball over the net that one last time. We communicated well n had a great understanding of each other’s shots n style, or lack thereof!? We complimented each other in that he had my back n I had his. We were probably the loudest members of the team yelling n screaming encouragement and occasionally bemoaning a slip up!!! Yes we blurted out a few cuss words a time or two!
I can still hear, “great shot Corb” or
“nice get Lyso” and “c’mon we can do this!” We were fortunate to have Paul Kirwin on our team who had a tennis court in his back yard! We had access to it and his and his family’s knowledge of the game.
Our team was a powerhouse. Pretty sure we won conference all 4 years I played and Corb, a year younger, was part of several conference winners also. This experience I’m sure was one of the coolest parts of our HS life. We learned to play as a team, celebrate our victories and learn from our losses. We worked hard and played hard off the court. We sang in the showers and had country roadside parties that we survived!
I treasure my time with Corb and all my team mates. Hey Corb! I’m looking up bro’ and we really did do it, many times over partner!!! ✌️❤️
July 27, 2020
Wish to express our sympathy from some hometown people:to his family & siblings, Don will be missed. He was a colorful personality, but extremely nice. One of his greatest attributes came later in life with his written stories & appreciations of our small town, Union City, Indiana. Don’s love for his upbringing shone through & explained how lucky we all were to have experienced the same. Luanna, Class of 1965
July 23, 2020
Corbin family we are deeply saddened thru Don's passing. I cannot put into words what a great guy Don was. Don and I use to run around back in high school days. He enjoy life to the fullest!
Class of "67" lost a fantastic person..