David Martin Hainline of Portage, MI passed away on Monday, December 20, 2021, at the age of 84. He was born on February 23, 1937, in Muskegon, MI the son of Raymond Hainline and Ruby Blue.
He graduated from Marshall High School and attended Western Michigan University. He made a home for himself in Portage, MI for forty years. David worked as a realtor in the Kalamazoo area for over 30 years and was the first Million Dollar Salesman in the region. Marcia and David enjoyed many years travelling together in their motorhome. He spent the last twenty years living in North Fort Myers, Florida working in security. He recently moved back to Michigan to be closer to family.
David attended the United Methodist Church of Portage and even served as an usher there. He loved giving back to his community and had been a member of The Optimist Club for years donating his time and resources to make the future brighter by bringing out the best in children and in the communities they grow up in.
David loved being on the water, whether it was summers spent at his cottage on Bankson Lake where he loved to fish and taught all his children how to water ski or his second home on the lake in South Haven where he spent all his time out on the boat. When the weather turned colder each year, he would pack up the boat and water skis and pull out the snowmobile to hit the trails and his snow skis for some fun on the slopes.
He loved animals, there was a special place in his heart for his dogs and horses. He enjoyed being out in the barnyard with his horses and even served in the Sheriff’s Office Mounted Division for both Kalamazoo and Van Buren County.
More than anything he loved his family and made them a priority. He always got flowers and chocolates for his girls on Valentine's Day. One of his last good days was spent decorating his place for Christmas so that his great-grandchildren could enjoy it when they came over.
He is preceded in his passing by his parents.
Left to cherish his loving memory is his wife: Marcia (Spoelman) Hamlin; children: Michael Hainline of Chelsea, MI, and Christine (David) Hillis of Schoolcraft, MI; grandchildren: Erin (Paul) Dragicevich of Lawton, MI, Colton Hillis and Curran Hillis of Schoolcraft, MI; great-grandchildren: Zella and Ruby Dragicevich; and friend: Sally Hainline.
David will be fondly remembered by his family for his Sunday morning breakfasts and big pots of chili in the wintertime.
While visiting David’s tribute page please take a moment to light a candle or share a memory with the family. The Hainline family is being assisted by Avink, McCowen & Secord, 129 S. Grand Street, Schoolcraft, MI 49087. 269-679-5622.