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Michigan Outdoor News writer Don Ingle passed away

Posted on March 14, 2012

My heart is heavy as I write this blog while mourning the death of friend and fellow outdoor writer Don Ingle.

Don and his wife Jean both died late last week in a nighttime house fire at their Lake County residence in Baldwin, Michigan. They were long-time residents of Baldwin.

Details of the incident are sketchy as of this writing since the fire is still under investigation and autopsies are ongoing. What is known is that there is a huge emptiness in the outdoor community in Michigan.

Don was an award-winning outdoor writer, photographer, radio and TV personality,  cartoonist as well as an accomplished jazz musician.

He’s been writing for us at Michigan Outdoor News since our inception in 2000.

Don was the editor of Michigan Forests Magazine, a columnist for the Big Rapids Pioneer and  the Lake County Star. Over his career he also wrote stories for Field and Stream, Great Lakes Fisherman, Fins and Feathers and many other titles.

Don was a member of the Michigan Outdoor Writers Association, which is where we first crossed paths back in the late 1980s. He was a member of MOWA since 1971 and served on the organization’s board of directors and as president in 1980-82.

Born Feb. 10, 1931, Don was raised in a musical family. His father was legendary jazz musician Ernest “Red” Ingle. Don  once confided that as a child he was fortunate to have Perry Como cut his hair a few times – how many of us can claim that? As a youngster, well before he even considered a career as an  outdoor writer,  he studied music and became a brass musician.

Don will dearly be missed by his family, friends and colleagues all over the state.

The biggest loss may well be felt by the game and fish of this state as one of their most staunch supporters has laid down his pen for the last time.

Rest in peace Don and Jean!