Don­ald W. Hoat­son, C&P district man­ager

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES - — Fred­er­ick N. Ras­mussen

Don­ald. W. Hoat­son, a re­tired Ch­e­sa­peake & Po­tomac Tele­phone Co. worker and avid fish­er­man, died Fri­day of kid­ney fail­ure at his Up­perco home. He was 83. The son of Harold Hoat­son, a Kop­pers Co. worker, and He­len Hoat­son, a home­maker, Don­ald Wallace Hoat­son was born in Bal­ti­more and raised on Hollen Road in Cedar­croft.

He was a 1950 grad­u­ate of McDonogh School and earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in 1955 from Vir­ginia Mil­i­tary In­sti­tute in Lex­ing­ton, Va.

He­be­gan his ca­reer that year with the old Ch­e­sa­peake & Po­tomac Tele­phone Co. At the time of his re­tire­ment in the late 1970s, he was a district man­ager.

Mr. Hoat­son met and fell in love with Betty Ann Dor­fler, when they were both mem­bers of a youth group at the Epis­co­pal Church of the Na­tiv­ity in Cedar­croft. They mar­ried in 1956.

Mr. Hoat­son also es­tab­lished the Lis­ten­ing Room, a Pikesville au­dio prod­ucts firm, in 1978. The com­pany is still fam­ily-owned and op­er­ated.

For two decades, he served as pres­i­dent of United Cere­bral Palsy of Cen­tral Mary­land, fam­ily mem­bers said.

He was an avid fresh­wa­ter and salt­wa­ter fish­er­man. He also en­joyed trav­el­ing. He was an ac­tive com­mu­ni­cant of the Epis­co­pal Church of the Na­tiv­ity, 419 Cedar­croft Road, where a me­mo­rial service will be held at 5 p.m. Wed­nes­day.

In ad­di­tion to his wife, he is sur­vived by two sons, David Hoat­son of Ch­ester­town and Richard Hoat­son of Glen Rock, Pa.; and two grand­sons.

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