Donald P. Heming
Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1987-1988
Donald P. Heming was born on December 19, 1930 in Sarnia, Ontario. He attended the public schools and grew up in Port Huron. He worked for Chrysler Corporation in the I.B.M. dept. at their Marysville parts plant and commuted via mail car between his work and the Chrysler Institute of Engineering in Detroit where he furthered his education in radio and electronics. He took a leave of absence, and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1948. He served with the Military Police in the nuclear facility in Sandia Base, New Mexico, the Provost Marshall office in Sapporo, Japan, and during the Korean conflict as a communication specialist and technician with the Seventh Division, Eighth Army. On June 4,1952 he married Jeannie Kane. They were blessed with five children.
He furthered his education in Traverse City at Northwestern Michigan College in the field of business management and supervision and began his first venture in the automotive field in 1954. In 1961 he entered into the life and health insurance field. He also maintained an active snow removal business.
He was raised as a Master Mason by his father on May 14, 1956 in Traverse City Lodge No. 222. He was a member of Traverse City Lodge and held honorary memberships in several others. He served, as Worshipful Master of his Lodge in 1964. He was a member of Traverse City Chapter No. 102 R.A.M., Cadillac Council No. 70 R. & S.M., Traverse City Commandery No. 41, Knights Templar, Western Michigan York Rite College No. 10, Valley of Grand Rapids, Lodge Council, Chapter and Consistory, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Traverse City, Lodge and Council Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Saladin Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. of Grand Rapids, and the Traverse City Shrine Club. In addition he served as chart First Vice President of the Cherryland High Twelve Club and became its President in 1967. The High Twelve Club, being formed to sponsor DeMolay in the Traverse City area in 1966-67. He was chairman of that advisory council for eight years. He was awarded the DeMolay Cross of Honor, and has been elected to receive the Honorary Legion of Honor. He was honored on July 9, 1987 in Grand Rapids and received the Honorary Grand Triangle of Honor by the Grand Guardian Council of Michigan, International Order of Job’s Daughters.
He was installed as Michigan’s Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in the closing session of the 161st Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge held in Battle Creek on May 28, 1987.
He died on July 23, 2002.