Donald Joseph Hunter, 92, died on January 25th, 2022, in Brooksville Florida. He is survived by his three children, Susan Underwood, Scott Hunter, and Stephanie Hargrave, and four grandchildren. Don was preceded in death by his mother, father, and sister.
Don was born in Englewood, New Jersey on January 11th, 1930, to Joseph Donaldson Hunter and Agnes Marguerite Wakerhagen. He graduated high school in Fort Lee New Jersey. Don served in the United States Airforce as an Airman Second Class and was honorably discharged in 1954.
Don lived with his wife and three children in Montville, New Jersey until 1986 when he retired from a 25-year career at the United Parcel Service. After retirement Don toured around the United States on his motorcycle, eventually settling in Brooksville Florida where he built his house and workshop on 5 acres. Don lived independently and maintained his residence until his passing.
Don had a methodical and curious mind. He was always asking questions and wondering about the why and how behind things. He loved motorcycles, and always owned and rode one, taking camping trips on the east coast and attending gatherings of other motorcycle lovers. He purchased his last motorcycle at age 90. He enjoyed driving his classic truck across the country from Florida to Oregon to visit his daughter and grandchildren. He made at least five round trips, his last at 89 years old.
Don also loved to restore old cars, trucks, and antiques. He was not content unless he was working with his hands. On his workshop wall was an engraved plaque he created that read “He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head, and his heart is an artist” *. Donald was an artist.
A natural burial is planned at Great River, a natural burial cemetery in Mosier, Oregon (2350 Carroll Road, Mosier OR 97040).
* composed by Louis Nizer, and published in his book, Between You and Me (1948)