A Turtle’s Tribute:
Don was born in 1946 in Hawthorne, Nevada. He received his bachelor’s degree from Utah State University in 1968 and his doctorate of dental surgery from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis in 1972. He came to Dallas in 1976 to study pediatric dentistry and in 1979 joined the faculty of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the Baylor College of Dentistry.
While at Baylor, he helped found a special-care dental clinic for handicapped, mentally retarded, hemophiliac and other special-need patients who had been unable to obtain dental care. For his efforts, he received the Annual Service Award in 1984 from the Association of Retarded Citizens of Dallas. Don was a Chorale Board member from 1982 through 1987.
Don also helped establish a dental clinic at the Nelson-Tebedo Clinic for AIDS Research. He was committed to the role of good dentistry for people with HIV. Don died November 8, 1992 at Doctors Hospital in Dallas.
Services were held on November 12, 1992 at the Metropolitan Community Church in Dallas. At the time of his death, Don was survived by his brother, Carl Hylin of Reno, Nevada.