SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. — Don Hasseltine, a well-known figure in the world of bakery packaging, died Jan. 27 at his home in Scottsdale. He was 82 years old.
After graduating from high school in Vermont he joined the Air Force and served as an air traffic controller in Maine. Upon his discharge from the Air Force, he attended the University of Vermont and obtained a bachelor’s degree in engineering.
Mr. Hasseltine started his packaging career selling potato bags in Maine for the Kordite Co. and became part of the bread bag manufacturing innovations for Mobil Chemical Co., Macedon, N.Y., in the 1960s and 1970s, as bakers moved into plastic from wax paper. As general manager for Mobil, he oversaw a rapid growth in bread packaging and snack cake packaging. He was also instrumental in the transition from cellophane to polypropylene and managed the development of the polypropylene Twinkie over wrap.
After a successful career at Mobil, Mr. Hasseltine formed a bakery brokerage firm, DH Associates in 1979. With his partner and other associates, DH Associates became the largest broker/distributor of bakery bread bags in the United States.He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Dawn, and children Cheryl (Wayne) Harding, Frank (Stephanie) Hasseltine, Dan (Sue) Bailey, Scott (Kris) Scofield, Patricia (Jeremy) Durand, 9 grandchildren and many other family members.