Donald W. Hoatson, C&P district manager
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.