Don and Barb Horan
Donald “Don” Paul Horan was born July 13, 1966 in Greensburg, Indiana, the 9th of 10 children, to James and Teresa Horan. Don was a lifelong resident of Greensburg, and graduated from Greensburg Community High School in 1984. Upon graduating, Don went to work for Shirk”s International. After leaving his mark on several other local businesses, including The Office Shop, Hadler-Chrysler-Plymouth, and Fifth-Third Bank, Don bought Collection Associates Incorporated in 1998 and developed it into the business it is today. After selling the business in 2008, he retired and together with his wife, Barb, they lived a life in which they continually gave back to their church and community.
Barbara “Barb” Lynn Martin was born February 19, 1968 in Greensburg, Indiana to Richard (Dick) and Carolyn Hineman Martin. Barb, too, was a lifelong resident of Greensburg, and graduated from Greensburg Community High School in 1986. After high school, Barb attended Indiana Business College where she obtained her Associates Degree in business (1988). She was employed at Kova before she went to work at REMC. Eventually she left the workforce to stay at home with her children. Being best friends, Don and Barb married on May 14th, 1988 and together they built a life with each other. They brought into this world four beautiful daughters: Rebecca (20), Olivia (17), Regan (15) and Adrienne (13). Of all the accomplishments achieved during their lifetime, and there were many, their proudest moments came in watching their girls grow up. More than anything, they loved spending time with family and friends, and making memories with those they held close. Don and Barb lived life to the fullest, never taking for granted the time they had with each other, or their family. While their girls were young, they toured the country in their motor home, making sure to see all the sights that make this country great.
Eventually they bought a houseboat, and spent their summers at Patoka Lake, entertaining friends and family as they graciously welcomed them on board. Don, being known for his storytelling ability, would bring laughter to all through his dramatic re-enactment of something that had occurred. It did not really matter what it was, particularly. Just watching Don tell the story was humorous enough. And Barb would reminisce the many good times life had brought. The time spent on the lake eventually came to an end as Don started a new adventure in life learning to fly. After completing all the necessary classes, Don earned his pilot license and bought his first plane. Many memories were made in the air, flying family and friends to various destinations. A vacation home in Destin, FL became a favorite of theirs. It actually was in returning from one such trip, that fate took a different turn. On Sunday, December 2, 2012, while returning to Greensburg from their Destin vacation home, a tragic plane crash took the lives of Don, Barb and two of their closest friends, Steve and Denise Butz.
Don and Barb both recognized that all they had, came from God, and were always willing to generously share their blessings with others. As such, both Don and Barb served on numerous boards and committees, always seeking to make sure Greensburg was a community their family could enjoy for years to come. Over the years, Don gave time and offered guidance to the Decatur County Fair Board, Greensburg Redevelopment Board, Decatur County United Fund, DCMH Foundation Board, DCMH Capital Campaign and the Decatur County Community Foundation. Barb, too, was actively involved in Tri Kappa, and the St. Mary’s Hot Meals Program. She also volunteered her time for Girls On The Run, Decatur County YMCA Board and Bread of Life. They were both heavily involved members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, serving on numerous committees, and were actively involved with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Don was a member of the board and together with Barb, served as co-chairs of the Catholic Community Foundation.
Don gave many talks on stewardship, and what that truly meant. He ended most of them with this analogy: “A pessimist looks at a glass of water and says it’s half empty. An optimist looks at a glass of water and says it’s half full. A giving person looks at the glass of water, then starts looking for someone who is thirsty to give it to.” Both Don and Barb lived their lives as “giving people”, always helping others any way they could. They will forever be remembered as devoted parents, loving members of their families, and friends to the community. They were generous donors to a number of foundations and enjoyed serving others, but more than anything, they enjoyed the relationships they had with their family and friends. They will forever be missed.
There is no doubt the void left by the passing of Don, Barb, Steve and Denise has left a deep hole in our community, and our church family. But instead of focusing on the overwhelming void, we would rather celebrate and remember the faith and love they shared with their family, friends, Church and community. Barb and Denise were avid walkers and were known to organize groups of ladies for brisk early morning walks. Don and Steve were also physically active and ran on a regular basis. With this in mind, the idea of starting “On Eagle’s Wings” 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run, was born. This event will honor their devotion to leading both physically and spiritually fit lives. I have no doubt that as we take to the streets of Greensburg, the town they all were life-long residents of, they will be walking right there with us, through the streets of gold. And Don will probably even be able to get a few angels to join in!
We invite all of you to join us in not only honoring their lives and all they stood for, but in also remembering loved ones you have lost. Join us in the 5K.
The Horan Family: (left to right) Adrienne, Regan, Don, Olivia, Rebecca and Barb