Donald D. â€œDonâ€ Iverson, 76, of Clearwater Beach, Fla., formerly of McLean, Va. as well as Elburn, passed away Sunday, June 28, 2009 following various health complications within the last two years.
He was born October 13, 1932, the son of Rudolf and Louise (Thompson) Iverson in Story City, Iowa.
When Don was four, the family moved to Hampshire, Ill., for a time before settling in Elburn in 1941. Don attended local schools and graduated from Elburn High School in 1950.
Don went on to Northern Illinois University for a semester before enlisting in United States Navy so he could serve his country in the Korean War.
Don was honorably discharged in 1955. Upon return to civilian life, Don received a basketball scholarship to attend Stetson University. He found a sense of home in Florida and after graduation in 1959, Don began working for New York Life, IBM as well as General Electric for a time.
Don was united in marriage to Diane Owen in May of 1968. Diane and Don adopted two children, Dean and Britt Iverson and made their home in Princeton Junction, N.J. for a time.
In 1977, the family moved to McLean and would make it their home for the next twenty years. In between starting and building a vast array of businesses, Don found love again when he married Shari Balthrope in McLean, Va., in 1998. Later, after he and Shari parted ways, Don moved back to Florida where he made his home in Clearwater Beach and continued to work until his retirement.
Don worked as a salesman for Honeywell, based in Philadelphia and had territories covering several states on the east coast. Don, having an entrepreneurial spirit, started his own business where he owned mobile health care units that traveled to different areas providing physicals to many people including military personnel and union members.
Later he would start a new company, this one named for himself, Iverson Technologies Corporation. Using IBM technology, he patented a way to prevent electromagnetic signals from being picked up from computers where they could be decoded and analyzed by foreign governments. His company was in high demand for some time and brought him in contact with nations around the world and a personal meeting with then President Ronald Reagan. He expanded the business and formed niche companies, one of which produced removable disk drives which then could be locked away for security purposes. When Iverson Technologies Corporation began to slow, Don founded another business, this time, a shoe company. Gamer Corporation concentrated on manufacturing and selling affordable footwear for athletes. He also founded International Kids, a company that specialized in the location of missing children.
Don was incredibly intelligent, had a mind for business and was featured in the Whoâ€™s Who series of publications. A salesman from birth, Don was always thinking, always planning, and almost always winning. He founded no less than thirteen companies, five of them offshore but through it all Don never forgot his roots in athletics and always had the most fun coaching kidsâ€™ football, basketball and baseball. He will be remembered for his entrepreneurial spirit, ample contributions to world industry and for never saying â€œquit.â€ More importantly, he will be remembered in the hearts and minds of his family and those who were lucky to call him friend.
He was a proud member of the Touchdown Club in Washington, D.C.
He now leaves his children: Dean and Britt Iverson of Clearwater Beach, Fla., and one stepson, Josh Balthrope, Richmond, Va.; One granddaughter, Dora Iverson of Richmond, Va.; One sister, Betty Weston of Elburn; Former wives, Diane Iverson of Bonita Spring, Fla., and Shari Iverson of Richmond Va., both of whom have remained good friends; Several cousins and a family of friends the world over.
He now joins his parents and one brother-in-law, Mert Weston, who preceded him in death.
Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m., Thursday, July 16, 2009 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A memorial service to celebrate his life will follow the visitation at 11 a.m. Interment at Blackberry Township Cemetery will follow.
A memorial has been established in their name. Checks may be made to the â€œDon Iverson Memorialâ€ and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.