Bardon, John D.
January 15, 2008
John "Don" Douglas Bardon 65, Indianapolis, died January 13, 2008 of Melanoma. The son of John Alexander Bardon, Jr. and Angeline Ave Bardon, Don was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on October 28, 1942. He was raised in Clinton, Indiana, graduating from Schulte High School in Terre Haute, IN. Don was senior class president at Indiana State University. He received a BA from Indiana University and a Certificate in Public Management from IUPUI's SPEA graduate program. After college, he worked at WTWO-TV and WTHI Radio-TV Terre Haute as a writer, producer and investigative reporter. He then entered into politics and government, working for U.S. Senator Vance Hartke, Indiana Secretary of State Larry Conrad and Marion County Sheriff Larry Broderick. He served as Executive Secretary of the Highway Users Federation in the early 1970's, coordinating press and governmental relations. In 1978, Don was hired as Executive Vice President of the Indiana Jaycees and Jaycees Charitable Foundation. During his seven year tenure, he was named the outstanding national Jaycee Executive three years. Don opened his first Subway restaurant in 1986. Growing the family business to five stores over the past 20 years, his managers, staff and customers were some of his most loyal friends. Don spent one year teaching at St. Michael School, where he met his wife, Marilyn. They were married at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Indianapolis on July 8, 1972. He continued to serve in many volunteer capacities at St. Michael Church throughout the years, receiving the Msgr. Albert Busald and St. John Bosco awards from the Archdiocese for his involvement in the CYO. He is survived by his sister, Laura Bardon; wife, Marilyn Wiwi Bardon; son, Jeb (Kristie Carter); daughter, Elizabeth (Tyron Hunt) and grandchildren, Trey and Emma Hunt, Zoe and Marina Bardon. Visitation will be at St. Michael Church, 3552 West 30th Street, Wednesday, January 16 from 4 to 8 p.m. Rite of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Michael School or Cardinal Ritter High School. Arrangements by Flanner & Buchanan Funeral Center - Washington Park North