Donald Hoover

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Donald T. Hoover, 69, died Wednesday, October 23, 2013, following an illness he contracted while on a business trip to Japan. He was a resident of Boca Raton, Florida and Lawton, Oklahoma.

Mr. Hoover was the President & CEO of The Hoover Group, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in technical surveillance countermeasures and security design. Mr. Hoover founded The Hoover Group in 1994 following his retirement as a Foreign Service Officer. During his career with the US Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, he was posted to assignments in Kenya, Panama, the former Soviet Union, Germany, Russia and the United States. During his second posting to the Soviet Union he twice received awards for valor for exceptional service during the 1991 fire which swept the American Embassy in Moscow and later during the 1991 coup against the Gorbachev government. Prior to his joining the Department of State, he spent several years in Australia where he worked as an engineer.

Mr. Hoover grew up in rural Oklahoma. He was born February 8, 1944, to Donald

Leroy and Lucille (Bryan) Hoover, in Frederick, Oklahoma. He married Jeannine McClung June 18, 1965, in Lawton, Oklahoma. He grew up a typical farm boy: doing chores, plowing, picking cotton and playing high school basketball. He was a graduate of Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two children and four grandchildren: his daughter Lisa (Richard) Anderson and her children Madeline and Meredith of West Palm Beach, FL and his son Mark (Barbara) Hoover and his children Sydney and Forest Thomas of Boca Raton. He was a wonderful son to both his parents and parents in law. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Wanda McClung of Lawton, Oklahoma, and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Hoover was devoted to his family and proud of his Oklahoma roots; he returned there whenever possible. Five days before he left for Japan, he made a trip to his childhood farm to retrieve a large rock on which he had played. He brought the rock to his current farm where he had a second home; his dream was to watch his grandchildren playing on it.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Palm Beach, Florida. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Southwestern Oklahoma State University Foundation for the Donald Thomas Hoover Memorial Scholarship Fund either by check, or online at

Arrangements by Quattlebaum Funeral Home 561-832-5171

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Published in Frederick Leader from Oct. 28 to Oct. 29, 2013