Don Meadows


Don Meadows, 60, of Marietta, GA, passed away Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. He was president and chief executive officer of Auto Auction Services Corp. and an original founder of AutoIMS. A dedicated member of NAAA, Don was named Exhibitor of the Year in 2009 and won the diamond prize in the benefit raffle at this year’s conference in Orlando, FL, that raised funds for the association’s new political action committee.

Born in Indianapolis, IN, on July 2, 1952, Don’s love of cars from an early age led him to become a trained mechanic. He later entered the vehicle remarketing profession when living in Chicago, where he worked at Donlen Corp. before founding Auto IMS with other industry leaders. He was respected in the workplace for his innovation, honesty, hard work, fairness, charismatic leadership, industry service and sense of humor.

A loving family man, Don passed those values along to his children with whom he always found time to enjoy life. His favorite pastimes included playing the guitar and drums with his son, and making cappuccino for any visitors to his home. He was also an accomplished glass artist. One of his original glass beads traveled on the last 2010 shuttle space flights representing the Beads of Courage charity, which was just one of many organizations that benefited from his generosity.

Don is proceeded in death by his father Jim Meadows; brothers Robert and David Meadows. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Shannon, son Keenan, daughter Lucy, mother Charlotte Turner, brother Mick, and sisters Sandy Bothell and Bobbie Ruybal.

A celebration of life service will be held Friday, December 14, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. in the chapel of H.M. Patterson & Son Canton Hill, 1157 Old Canton Rd., Marietta GA. Family will receive friends after the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Don to one of his favorite charities: Beads of Courage, Atlanta Community Food Bank, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Habitat for Humanity or Smile Train.

The National Auto Auction Association extends its deepest sympathy to the Meadows family and friends.