September 9, 2012
David Crawford Hall, a longtime resident of the Back Mountain, died early Sunday morning, Sept. 9, 2012 at his home in Dallas after a brief illness. He was 88.
Mr. Hall was born March 1, 1924, in Marietta, Ohio, to Allen and Ida Davis Hall.
He grew up in Marietta and attended Marietta High School. He was a graduate of Princeton University, where he received a bachelor's degree, and Harvard University, where he received a master's in engineering.
During World War II, he served his country in the Aleutian Islands working on airstrips that were developed for the war effort.
He originally moved to the area in the late '40s, when he married Marian Newton Powell, a native of the Back Mountain and the daughter of William and Janet Powell, then lived in California for many years where he owned a metal perforating company. For a brief period they lived in Panama, where he did civil engineering work related to canal transportation, and then on their return to the area, he went to work for her family's company, Diamond Manufacturing Company. They had three children, David, Patricia and William. When they divorced in the late 1950s, he moved back to California.
For many years he ran Diamond Perforated Metals Inc. in Gardena, California. He successfully steered the business from its base in perforated metal into expanded metal and provided many of the metal dividers in the state's freeway system.
In the late 1970s, the business was sold to Toyomenka, a Japanese trading company. He then moved to New York, where he lived for about a year, examining potential acquisitions in North and South America for Toyomenka.
In the early 1980s he and his second wife, Kathryn Shindel Valentine, moved back to the Wyoming Valley to be closer to her children, Jonathan and Frederick, who still live here.
He and Fred Valentine went into the printing business together, buying Llewellyn and McKane, which Mr. Valentine now owns and runs.
A successful businessman, he always gave generously to his community and to his family, with a particular dedication to education. He served on the board of trustees of Wilkes College and the board of the Northeastern Philharmonic.
Mr. Hall was a founding member of the Huntsville Golf Club, where he was a regular fixture until the last year or so, when he found it more difficult to get around.
He was a modest man with a dry sense of humor and was well-known in the Wilkes Barre area as an avid and accomplished bridge player. His local bridge-playing friends were a crucial community, and he often wondered aloud how anyone could live without bridge. He won many tournaments and even in the last week of his life played bridge online. He was an old Life Master having surpassed 2500 MP's. He played at the Jewish Community Center for many years, as well as in other venues and online for many hours a week with his son David.
He liked to tell his friends and family that his mother neglected to suggest a career but insisted on three things: that he learn golf, tennis and bridge. He obeyed her directives on all three, although in later years he had to give up tennis and golf.
He was predeceased by his wife, Kathryn, in 2002, and by his sisters, Dr. Alida Harrington and Dr. Virginia Goodrich.
He leaves a large and devoted family: his son David, known as Deke, his wife, Susan, of Leesport, Pa., and their children, David and Jessie; daughter, Patricia Hall, known as Trish, and her husband, Lawrence Wolhandler and their daughter, Hally, all of New York; son William Hall, known as Bill, and his wife, Denise Strojny-Hall, of Bethesda, Md., and their children Emily and Justin; his stepsons, Jonathan Valentine and his wife, Mary, of Dallas and his children, Susan and Jonathan; Fred Valentine of Dallas and his son, Alex.
Friends may call Wednesday, September 12, 2012 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home Inc., 140 N. Main Street, Shavertown. A private interment will be made in Huntsville Cemetery.