Donald Clinton Hoffman, leaves a legacy of love, harmony and integrity with his family, partner, friends and those who crossed his path.
He leaves behind wonderful memories of a loving partner, brother, uncle, manager, tutor and friend.
We are grateful for each and every day we got to see his glowing smile, discover his knowledge and depths on diverse topics, his wisdom and the generosity he displayed.
Born and raised in San Francisco (3rd. Gen.), he was the 2nd son of Myrah and William Hoffman and the younger brother of David Hoffman. From the start he displayed great curiosity, joy and a voracious appetite for life. He was fearless and lived on the edge by speeding along the coast with his car or motorcycle. Even at a young age he never did things half way, he developed a liking for running and surfing in the ocean, majored in music and played the French Horn.
In 1966 at the age 18, he enlisted in the navy and after an intense boot camp landed as a radioman in the USS Thomas A. Edison Nuclear Ballistic Missile (Boomer) Submarine. He engaged in classified missions across the globe and when not oversees managed the electronic shop at the naval base in Hawaii. He had a security clearance for over 4 decades.
On Dec. 24th 1977 at the age of 29 after a fatal motorcycle accident that pronounced him dead, he was brought back to life by 5 Vietnam-veteran surgeons. From this moment on, Don developed an even greater thirst for knowledge. He was discharged with honors and pursued a masters degree in Chemistry and a PhD. in Physics from the University of Hawaii. In the 80's he returned to the Bay Area to be closer to his parents and pursued a career as program manager at Lockheed and later at Northrup Gruman. There he lead teams of Software Engineers and Researchers in charge of building programs to track orbiting debris for the safety of satellites.
Don was a caring manager and always had his employees interest at heart. He had a close friend Stan with whom he shared many great moments of laughter. Shortly before he retired he co-founded an education company "All Minds Matter" where he tutored teenagers with learning difficulties to prepare them for college. Don was known to be able to solve all kinds of problems. The kids loved him. He was dependable, thoughtful and knowledgeable. He was patient and was able to speak to them as a friend.
Don genuinely cared.
Dons appetite for learning never ended. He self taught himself French and read classic French literature from Balzac to Victor Hugo. He studied chess, photography, philosophy, astronomy, he had an extensive music collection, loved video games (he built his own computer for gaming) and developed a love for art through his lenses and through the craft of others. He continued to enjoy fast motorcycles and cars.
Don loved puzzles and would patiently sit for hours putting them together. He collected the most difficult puzzles in the world and twice built a mini robot from scratch. He was black belt in Karate, a regular runner and enjoyed challenging workouts on his Elliptical. He was an excellent cook and enjoyed barbecuing for family and friends. Often at night he finished his meal with milk and cookies or treated himself with yogurt ice cream. Don was famous for his cappuccino, his beef stroganoff, his tri tip, burgers and bbq'd ribs. He loved technology from his Samsung phone and tablet to the wide lens Canon camera and telescope which gave him an immense joy. Don was an avid student on quantum mechanics and gave philosophical lectures where he associated consciousness with quantum entanglements. He believed in the infinite dimension of the universe.
He was an enthusiastic Amazon shopper checking for the best products and best deals. Don had a soft spot for animals throughout his life and had a parrot, cats and dogs. He eaves behind Bijou, Clara and Elvis.
Don loved his friends, often humble, quiet he listened attentively and spoke with great wisdom.
In the last years of his life, he met Sylvie. They fell in love and never left sight of each other. Lovers, friends, soul mates, companions of life, they dreamed of a long and happy journey together and forever. In 2016 they bought the house of their dreams and set off to decorate it with the intent to share their love and passion for life with family and friends. Every piece of art is placed the way Don envisioned it.
Dons mantra and wish for all: be happy, relax, live long and prosper!
R.I.P: DC Hoffman