Don Hargett, a retired electrical engineer, died following complications of a stroke on August 25, 2020. The Potomac, Maryland resident was 82.
A Grafton, West Virginia native, he is survived by his wife Kathy; daughters Julianne (Michael) Whitman and Beth Simms; a sister, Marjorie Higgins; and many cousins, nephews and nieces.
Don jokingly referred to himself as a hillbilly. He loved his friends, baseball, basketball, football, mathematics, physics, fishing, and talking to people, no matter their age or station in life. His fondness for fishing began on the banks of the Cheat River and evolved into surf fishing in Delaware and the Outer Banks. He was a patriot and joined the Air Force following graduation from Grafton High School. While on active duty, Don developed an interest in complex electronics. He entered West Virginia University where he pursued a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and graduated with honors as a Member of Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honors Society. On graduation he joined IBM Corporation’s Federal Systems Division in Gaithersburg, MD where he worked on defense projects; he subsequently worked in the Manassas, VA facility where he transitioned to Lockheed Martin after the corporation purchased the former IBM division.
Don is fondly remembered by friends, neighbors, co-workers, caregivers and family members as the warm and caring gentleman who always had a smile and kind word for them.
A modified viewing service was held on Monday, August 31, 2020, at Collins Funeral Home on University Boulevard in Silver Spring, MD.
Interment will be private.