Donald J. Hitchcock

Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2002

Former Juneau resident Donald J. Hitchcock died May 13, 2002, in Federal Way, Wash.

He was born Feb. 4, 1925, in San Francisco, and later moved to Red Bluff, Calif., where he graduated from Red Bluff Union High School in 1942. He joined the Navy in 1943 and became an ensign and pilot. He was honorably released from active duty in 1945 and joined the Naval Reserve in 1952, in which he would serve for 20 years.

He married Muriel A. Chaplin on Oct. 1, 1948. After moves to Reno, Nev., Oakland, Calif., and Seattle, Wash., they moved in 1977 to Anchorage, where he became president of Alaska Pacific Assurance Co. They then moved to Juneau, where he became director of risk management for the state.

He was past president of the Juneau Shrine Club and past master of Gastineau Lodge in Juneau. In 1993 he retired and returned to Washington to be near his children and grandchildren. He and his wife made their home on Whidbey Island.

He is survived by his sisters, Helena Montgomery of Mound, Minn., and Joanne Bridges of Santa Cruz, Calif.; sons Robert Hitchcock of Federal Way, Wash., and Richard Hitchcock of Port Angeles, Wash.; grandchildren, Jennifer Titterness, Bryant Hitchcock and Dawn Hitchcock; and great-grandson Riley Titterness.

A celebration of his life was held May 30, at The Church of The Resurrection in Bellevue, Wash.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Shrine Hospital for Children, c/o Nile Temple, 6601 244th St. SW, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043-2750

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