Donald F. Hamon transitioned out of this life Saturday, September 30, 2017, at his home.
Born September 11, 1934, he was a son of the late Reverend Okey Boyd and Mamie Marie Hamon.
Donald was a graduate of Hurricane High School and attended Glenville College and spent most of his 83 years living in Scott Depot. He retired from Kaiser/ Ravenswood Aluminum after 33 years. He then began a second career in the family business, to become an accomplished glass artist working with his oldest brother, Robert, at Hamon Glass Studio. He also worked at the glass studio at Tamarack, where his work was displayed and sold as it was at the Greenbrier. He was always sharing his passion and knowledge of hand-blown glass making, an important part of West Virginia’s heritage.
Don enjoyed spending time outdoors, and introducing family and friends to the beautiful rivers and mountains in and around Pocahontas County. He was especially fond of the Greenbrier and Cranberry rivers where he rode countless miles on his vintage Schwinn “Wasp” bicycle with his fly rod in the rear basket and a smile on his face. He enjoyed being outdoors more than being indoors, and would want his life to be celebrated and mourned under the sky instead of under a roof.
He is survived by his wife, Gayle Hamon; his children Kathy Hamon, of Charlotte, North Carolina, Vicki Whittington McGrew, of Scott Depot, and Ron Whittington, of Powell, Ohio. Don was loved and became known as “Pap” to his family, which includes his three grandchildren, Seth Leslie, Madeline Leslie Sayre and Britton Whittington; and a great-grandchild, Callen Sayre; along with many nieces and nephews.
In keeping with Don’s final wishes, the body was cremated and his ashes will become a part of the rivers and mountains, which were so important to him during his lifetime. Please gather as you see fit, to remember Don in the way that best suited your relationship with him.
Memorial donations may be made to the Greenbrier River Watershed Association, PO Box 1419, Lewisburg, WV 24901 or http:// wordpress.greenbrier.org/ about-us/
Online condolences may be made at Chapmanfuneralhomes.com