Donald R. Biehn
Biehn, Donald R. Loving husband, father and artist Don, age 80 of St Paul, passed away June 15, 2022 from Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Born Feb. 22, 1942 in Beloit, WI and preceded in death by his parents and former wife. Survived by Marian (Borsdorf) Biehn his wife of 46 years; and a legacy of creative, loving children Kim Baker (Randy), Doug Biehn (Jayne), Erich Biehn, Anna Ellis (Miles) and Maria Biehn; grandchildren Ava, Luke and Lola Biehn, Oliver and Dexter Ellis; and sister Carolyn Caflisch (Carl). Don grew up in LaCrosse, WI and attended the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, FL. An artist and entrepreneur, Don's commercial art career began in Milwaukee, WI. He moved to San Francisco and was a successful freelance illustrator. He returned to the TC and started Don Biehn Advertising Art an award winning studio through the '70 and '80s. He finished his advertising career as a freelance artist and art director. Don had many interests and liked a challenge. His second love after art was cars. Most beloved was his Jaguar XKE. He joined Toastmasters to refine his public speaking skills. His interest in investing led him to become a licensed broker. At 60 he started training for marathons and ran 8 including multiple TC marathons. Don rarely missed a travel opportunity but reserved the summer for grooming his lawn. A gifted artist, Don participated in studio drawing groups, art crawls, corporate exhibits and gallery shows. He was never without his sketch pad. Upon retirement, Don immersed himself in watercolor and plein air oil painting. He received awards in local, regional and national juried art shows; was a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America and American Society of Marine Artists. Thank you to family and friends who entertained Don with visits, calls and cards. Thanks also to his caring and insightful cancer care team at St John's Cancer Care Maplewood. Your medical care gifted him and us with unexpected time and a quality of life. A Memorial Service and Reception will be Fri. July 29 starting at 3pm at the University Club of St Paul, Summit Ave. In Don's memory and in lieu of flowers please: Take Action: make an appt to donate blood, platelets or cash to the Memorial Blood Bank. Plant a tree. Or Give: donate to St. John's Maplewood Cancer Care Center; The State Fair Foundation-Fine Art or the charity of your choice.
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