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Donal Philip Hackett(1926 - 2013)

Donal Hackett, beloved husband of Merrie Creasman Hackett and father of Sharon, Claudia and Doug, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 16, 2013. The son of Maurice J. and Helen Boyle Hackett, Don was born on May 11, 1926, in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He enrolled in the University of Texas as a Navy cadet and earned a degree in Business Administration in 1948. Don took great pride in being a Longhorn alumni. Commissioned initially in the U.S. Navy and later in the U.S. Air Force, he served during the Korean conflict stationed at Wright Patterson Air Base in Ohio. After several additional years of service as a reservist, he was discharged at the rank of First Lieutenant in 1958.
Don followed his father's footsteps into the banking business. He spent more than thirty-five years in the La Jolla community near San Diego as a banker with Security Pacific Bank and other San Diego banking institutions. He was a choir member and served as a Trustee for the La Jolla Presbyterian Church, was a past president of the La Jolla Kiwanis Club and a member and avid golfer at the La Jolla Country Club. He enjoyed woodworking and clock making with one of his clocks still adorning the wall at Harry's Coffee Shop in La Jolla.
Don and Merrie retired initially to the desert community of Borrego Springs before moving to Pasadena twelve years ago to be nearer to their grandchildren. They are members of San Marino Community Church.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Claudia. Don is survived by his wife of sixty-three years, Merrie; daughter, Sharon (Brian) Tyler of San Gabriel; son, Doug Hackett of Salt Lake City; as well as grandchildren, Nathan, Jennifer, Philip and David Tyler.
Services were held March 26, 2013, at San Marino Community Church.
The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, a memorial to Convalescent Aid Society of Pasadena or the music program at San Marino Community Church.
Published in La Jolla Light on Mar. 28, 2013
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