“Dan’s youth was colorful – full of mischief, antics and risk. In later years he wasn’t proud of the trouble he had caused but he always took the good from the bad. His childhood experiences taught him lifelong lessons of patience, enduring optimism and the power of second chances. It was this remarkable influence that helped shape Coborn’s Inc. into the company it is today.”
“We made some bad decisions, but nothing that took the company down,” the blog quoted him as saying. “In the history of the company, we never missed a payroll except for four people – my brothers and me. And that didn’t happen very often. I never lost faith in the fact that it was a good business. People have to eat. They have to get their food from someplace.”The Coborn’s legacy also includes philanthropy. Coborn and his wife Mabel were charter members of the United Way of Central Minnesota, and he was also a founding member of the Boys & Girls club of Central Minnesota. He was named Minnesota Grocer of the Year in 1987, and in 2002 he received the Father Water Reger Distinguished Alumnus Award from Saint John’s University. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials benefit the Coborn Family Foundation or CentraCare Health Home Care & Hospice.