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Don Fenton, Vice President, Sales of the Fenton Art Glass Company,
passed away on Monday, February 3, 2003, due to complications
following open heart surgery.
A native of Williamstown, West Virginia, Don was a versatile
athlete, excelling in golf, basketball and baseball at
Williamstown High School. At Muskingum College in New Concord,
Ohio, he graduated with a B.S. in mathematics in 1973 and
captained the golf team. During both high school and college, Don
worked in the Fenton Gift Shop and in the shipping and sales
departments at Fenton Art Glass. He spoke with great fondness of
the encouragement given him by Ruth Holzapfel and Tom Lubbers
during his early employment at Fenton.
After graduation from college, he joined the company full-time and
worked closely with his father in the sales department. He was
named Sales Manager in 1978 and became Vice President, Sales in
1985. A frequent guest on QVC television broadcasts, Don greatly
enjoyed talking about Fenton products and conversing with those
who collect Fenton glass.
Don made many presentations to Fenton collector clubs, and his
sense of humor and love for his family and Fenton glass were
always evident. He frequently traveled to Family Signing Events,
and many Fenton collectors can recall the pleasant times they
spent with him.
He was active in many community organizations, including the
Williamstown Elementary School PTA, the Foundation Board of
Marietta Memorial Hospital, and the West Virginia Tourist
Commission. He served as finance chairman of the First United
Methodist Church in Williamstown.
Don was preceded in death by his parents,
Wilmer C. "Bill" Fenton,
who passed away on December 11, 2002 and Elinor Pryor Fenton, who
passed away on February 13, 2002 and by his brother W. Craig
Fenton, Jr., who died in 1950.
He is survived by his wife Donna; three children, Greer, Craig and
Randy Fenton, and sisters,
Christine Fenton and
Shelley Fenton Ash; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Don's friendship and guidance will be sorely missed at Fenton.
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