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Donald Fogg



Donald Fogg, lifelong Albuquerque resident and former owner of Fogg's Finer Jewelry, a Duke City retail institution for more than 80 years, died January 6. He was 88.

Donald was born March 11, 1929, the only child of Frank David "F.D." Fogg and Stella Scruggs Fogg.

He was a member of the Albuquerque High School class of 1947. In 1951, he graduated with a business administration degree from the University of New Mexico.

His father founded the jewelry store on Central Avenue in 1921, and Donald was destined to follow in his father's footsteps; he sold his first wristwatch and ruby cocktail ring when he was 8 years old.

He served in the Army. In Germany he was part of the Counter Intelligence Corps examining records to find one-time Nazis.

In 1953 he married Sarah Helen "Sally" Harrison. After his military service, Donald began working again at the family jewelry store. By then it was located at Second and Central in the Sunshine Building. To this day the "Fogg's" name is cemented in mosaic tile under the portal there.

Donald took great pleasure in offering unparalleled service to customers. He often stayed late or came in on days the store was closed to show a piece of jewelry, and he personally delivered rings and watches to customers.

Daughter Ellen (now Ellen Fogg Kersh) followed in his footsteps of the jewelry business. Together they shared the responsibilities of a cherished business for more than 20 years until deciding to close the store in 2005.

Donald and Sally belonged to Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church for more than 50 years. Donald served as an usher at the Sunday noon Mass for 20 years.

Donald sold the family home in 2010 and moved into the Woodmark Assisted Living Center.

To his dying day Donald was a gentleman with a sunny disposition and a twinkle in his eye. To the end he graciously kissed ladies' hands. He said "shake, Jake" when greeting a friend, and he ended conversations with a heartfelt "thanks a million."

Sally ("Sal Soda") died in 2001. He is survived by daughter Ellen (Eugene); by sons, Alan (Victoria) and Thomas (Jean), and by nine grandchildren, Andrew and Stephen Kersh; Spencer, Alexandra,

Caroline and Julia Fogg; and Emily, Amelia and Peter Fogg. Donald's son Daniel died in 1980.

The Fogg family says "thanks a million" to the entire staff of the Woodmark for their loving service during the seven years Donald lived there. The family also thanks the nurses and doctors of Hospice of New Mexico for their care in the last months of his life.

Visitation will be from

6-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 at French Mortuary, 1111 University Boulevard NE. A rosary will be offered at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 4020

Lomas Boulevard NE, with a reception to follow at the French Reception Center adjacent to the mortuary.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the (www.alz.org) or to in Donald's name. Visit the online guest book at www.frenchfunerals.com
Published in Albuquerque Journal from Jan. 10 to Jan. 11, 2018
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