Donald Frederick Haynes

1907 - 1975

Donald Haynes was a gifted musician who sang, played the organ and violin, and composed. The son of Carlyle B. Haynes, noted Seventh-day Adventist writer, speaker, pastor, and administrator, Donald became a pastor, director of choral groups, a musician associated with pioneer evangelist Robert Boothby, and a well-known composer and arranger.

Haynes composed 200 works, several of which were printed by noted publisher G. Schirmer. He is represented by hymn #699, The Lord is in His Holy Temple, in the 1941 SDA Church Hymnal, and by #449, Never Part Again, in the 1985 SDA Hymnal. The latter, a popular and often sung hymn dating back to 1853, was arranged by Haynes, who often sang it antiphonally with his father at large gatherings of Adventists, with one singing, "What! Never part again?" and the other answering from across the auditorium, "No, never part again." It was always a memorable experience for those who listened.

Haynes, born in New Jersey, graduated from Greater New York Academy, Atlantic Union College, and the SDA Theological Seminary. He also completed a degree at George Peabody College for Teachers. He was residing in Glendale, California, at the time of his death at age 68.


Source: Wayne H. Hooper and Edward E. White, Companion to the Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal, 1988, Review and Herald Publishing Association, 447.