Don Karl St. John

November 4, 1956April 11, 2019

On Thursday, April 11, 2019, Don Karl St. John, beloved husband, father, brother, and friend went to his heavenly home at age 62.

Don was born on November 4, 1956 in Pontiac, Michigan to Glenn and Dorothy (Cardona) St. John. On June 13, 1992, he married Amy (Hocott) St John. Together they raised four wonderful children, Sarah (Brendon) Lally, Steve (Patricia) St John, Christian (Daniel) Genger, Chyna Lynn, and had one of their own together, Savannah Marie.

Don received his Electrical Engineering Degree from General Motors Institute and took humble pride in his software work. He worked tirelessly as an Engineer for 20+ years with Eaton Corporation and nearly 15 years at General Motors. Don was instrumental for his work on the Two Mode Hybrid and the Chevy Volt. Most recently, he worked as an Advanced Controls Manager on the Autonomous Vehicle Program. Don loved his work and found tremendous camaraderie in the relationships with those he worked with.

Don had a strong passion for music and was known by many for his singing voice. He began his worship at Highland Church of the Nazarene and continued a 24 year-long ministry as Worship Leader at Hilltop Church of the Nazarene. He loved working with his team of musicians and looked forward to Worshipping together each week. In addition to music, he was an avid lover of coffee, jigsaw puzzles, sports, chocolate, and his three dogs – Poppie, Phoebe, and Dixie.

Don will forever be remembered for his quick wit, his strong faith, his love for those around him, and his spirit of generosity and compassion.

Don was greeted in heaven by his father, mother, and oldest brother (Gary). He is survived by his loving wife, five children, three younger siblings, and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Visitation: Hilltop Church of the Nazarene, 21260 Haggerty Road, Northville 4-8pm on Tuesday, April 16. Funeral Service: Hilltop Church of the Nazarene at 11:00am on Wednesday, April 17.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Highland Church of the Nazarene,1211 W. Livingston Rd., Highland, MI. 48357.



  • Visitation (at Church) Tuesday, April 16, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, April 17, 2019


  • Final Resting Place

Don Karl St. John

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Sarah & Kevin Hancock

April 17, 2019

We served on staff with Don at DFC/Hilltop back in the day and remember his sweet personality and fun sense of humor. He was such a servant leader and...oh my goodness...that voice!! I loved singing with him and appreciated his leadership and dedication to the music program so much. He pointed many people to Christ and was dearly loved by all who new him. Hugs to Amy & the family. We are praying for you all.

Pat Urbanski

April 15, 2019

Ever since Don and I crossed paths many years ago he always, always exemplified sold out love for Jesus. Closely followed by love for his family, and church family.
During our lunches during Don's Eaton years, inevitably sports would be discussed whether it would be collegiate, church teams or his referee duties.
BUT, as I write this, my memories are all about his powerful song choices on Easter Sunday mornings.
Don will be singing with the heavenly choir "this" Sunday.
Great job brother.

Dennis Brown

April 15, 2019


Your father, your husband loved you so much. Dad... Don... loved you with all his heart and all his soul. He was most passionate about his family and he spoke of you often. However, this passion he could not contain and would overflow to his friends at work. We are most fortunate to share in the joy that is your father, your husband and yes, our Don. We all share a great loss. Don was the most kind, compassionate and considerate person. He always took an interest in us personally. He liked to share a joke, a story, anything he knew we would find most interesting. It was always with a smile. He was dedicated to faith and family. If anyone makes it to heaven I know it is him, with Him, our Lord Jesus Christ.

God Bless You!

Dennis Brown

David Sweet

April 13, 2019

When we moved to Highland Michigan in April 1986, my wife, two children and one to be born the following month, began attending the Highland Nazarene church, a long standing lighthouse in the community.
The music program led by Don St, John was outstanding and an inspiration to the Ministry of the church.
Don was a shining example of God at work in, and through, this Godly, talented and humble man.
Thank you Jesus for Don and for the lasting impact he has had on so many.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends who will miss him so much.