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Donald Boyd Hare

November 17, 1929January 4, 2020
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Donald Boyd Hare passed away peacefully with loved ones by his side on January 4, 2020 at Transitions LifeCare in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Donald was born on November 17, 1929 in Clairton, Pennsylvania to Lee Roy Hare and Venus Brown Hare and was married for time and all eternity to Dorothy Louise Johnson in the Salt Lake City Temple on March 18, 1953. They have 6 daughters, 21 grandchildren, and 23 great grandchildren.

Donald served in the United States Army and in the United States Public Health Service Commission Corps, under the military branch of the Coast Guard, where he advanced to the rank of Captain. He served the community as a Pharmacist for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and as a Special Assistant to the Director of Generic Drugs for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for over 50 years in the Washington, DC area. In addition, Donald served as Treasurer for the Maryland Coalition Against Pornography (MCAP) for over 20 years.

Donald was a lifetime member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served a two-year mission for the Church in the Northern States Mission from 1950-1952 and served faithfully as a home teacher throughout his life, blessing the lives of many individuals and families. His life truly reflected the light of the Savior, Jesus Christ, whom he strived to follow daily.

Don loved taking family road trips across the country and being at his Outer Banks beach cottage with family and friends. He also enjoyed reading, researching family history, eating ice cream, spinning a yarn and pulling your leg. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed playing tennis and basketball, as well as going to his children’s, grandchildren’s, and great grandchildren’s sporting events. He loved his Savior and his family and had a heart and a home that made room for everyone. #noemptychairs

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, and his six daughters: Emma Kay (Donald Curtiss), Susan Elizabeth (John Rich), Venus DeAnn (Erik Draper), Kimberly Lynne (James Michael Talentino), Judith Marie (Kent Van Leeuwen), Cristin Louise (Patrick Fields). His great granddaughter, Lila Rose Rich, preceded him in death.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Donald’s honor to the following non-profit organizations:

-Transitions LifeCare 250 Hospice Circle Raleigh, North Carolina 27607

-Maryland Coalition Against Pornography PO Box 2868 Silver Spring, Maryland 20915

The family would like to express sincere appreciation to the Transitions LifeCare team for their compassion and care during Don’s final moments on Earth. They would also like to express heartfelt gratitude to all those who lent support and prayers to the family during Don’s final illness and passing.


  • Brian Rich, Pallbearer
  • Daniel Rich, Pallbearer
  • Kevin Rich, Pallbearer
  • Jeffrey Rich, Pallbearer
  • Matthew Curtiss, Pallbearer
  • Shane Draper , Pallbearer
  • Douglas Talentino, Pallbearer
  • Zach Van Leeuwen, Pallbearer
  • Travis Van Leeuwen, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Rhett Van Leeuwen, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Scott Talentino, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Kyle Van Leeuwen, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Timm Van Leeuwen, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Cameron Fields, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Callenn Fields , Honorary Pallbearer
  • Chad Card, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Steve Coons, Honourary Pallbearer
  • Jeffrey Klis, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Devin Styers, Honorary Pallbearer


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Wallace Adams

June 9, 2020

Don was a wonderful colleague, mentor and friend for the over two decades that I had the pleasure of working with him in the Office of Generic Drugs, FDA. Considering an issue, he could provide from his extensive filing system minutes of prior decisions that extended back years. He had a remarkable memory and understanding, and really didn't need past records to recall former meetings and explain decisions relevant to the issue.

Don was humble. He discussed scientific and regulatory matters and made me feel that I was actually teaching him. So many times he would say "As you taught me, ..." or words to that effect, when in fact he was instructing me about a matter that he understood far better. I always felt uplifted in spirit after discussions with Don.

Don's friendship didn't stop at the end of the workday. He inited me to his home several times for special holiday celebrations, and made me feel part of his family. He truly blessed me with his presence in my life. I shall be forever thankful. My love goes out to Dorothy and all of his family.

Wallace Adams
Jacksonville, Florida

Paul Hepp

January 17, 2020

What a wonderful man. I will always remember his kindness to me. He went out of his way in bringing me into the FDA Division of Biopharmaceutics in 1980 , my first assignment as a US Public Health Service Officer. He was the best mentor I could have hoped for. His example in always striving to do the "right thing" has never been forgotten by me.

I feel very priviledged to have had Don as my friend.

My thoughts are with Dorothy and all of those in his extended family.

Paul Hepp

Ron Frañklin

January 16, 2020

Such a wonderful Brother in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and such a terrific family. We met Don and Dorothy in the early 1970's when we moved to Silver Spring. He and Dorothy were such Great Examples of goodness and Christ-like love and service to us. Made us want to be better people ourselves. Then we got to love all those girls as they came along. All of us who played basketball with Don, also known as "Mr. Books" on the basketball court, knew that there was no use in trying to get past him. He was like an immovable pillar of strength, and many times I regretted trying to manoeuvre around him!!! Such a Pillar of Strength in the Gospel, and in the family, and in the community also. Love to Dorothy and all the family. "Til We Meet Again".

Doug Sporn

January 14, 2020

Don worked with me at FDA's Office of Generic Drugs for a number of years. He was the nicest, kindness man I have ever known and was always an invaluable resource to others in the Office as well as others parts of the Food and Drug Administration.

My heart goes out to his wife and other family members.

Doug Sporn
Placitas, New Mexico

Iris Johnson

January 14, 2020

Don always made time to talk to you about any and everything. His spirit was peaceful and compassionate. He loved his family and his Orange Book. Rest in peace Don Hare..May your family find comfort in this difficult time.

Gladys Lee-Holley

January 13, 2020

Don was a Special upstanding Gentleman and Mentor for over 20 years during our assignment to PUBLISH THE Monthly Approved Drug Listing. He was a Power House of Knowledge . I will always remember his Kindness and warm Smile. RIP Special Coworker and Friend Donald HARE. Much respect and Peace to the Family!! Gladys Lee-Holley (Technical Information Specialist Biology)

David Tippets

January 10, 2020

I became acquainted with Don when he served as Ward Executive Secretary. I depended a great deal on him to keep track of my calendar and appointments. Ward members would ask if they could have an appointment to see me and I would tell them to talk with Don, he was the one who knew what I was doing. I remember visiting his home and on the dining room table were the Scriptures and other books he was reading in his Gospel study. He was a wonderful man in every way; dedicated to his family and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He lived a righteous life Christlike life. My sympathy to all his family during this difficult time, but you know, that in due time, you will be with him again.

Dave Petersen

January 9, 2020

Don was Such a strong, firm, solid human being in so many aspects of his life. I especially admired his physical and spiritual strength. My early experience of Don was on the basketball court. He must have been in his mid 50’s and me in my 20’s. Don could box out and grab rebounds like no other and easily humble young guys like me. Trying to drive a layup around Don was also futual. He was simply firm and unmovable. You can’t fully know what I experienced unless you played against Don. My love and thoughts are with all the Hare clan during this time of transition. He made a deep impression of strength and firmness to my life. Love Dave

Camma Zollinger

January 9, 2020

Don was our neighbor and home teacher for many years. We love him and all his family. We still celebrate Christmas with snowball cake--a cake we first enjoyed at the Hares. Whenever we make a snowball cake, we think of the Hare family. We send our love to all Don's family.

Virginia Wills

January 9, 2020

What a wonderful surprise it was to see Don at work vs. at Church! We both worked in the Parklawn Building and happily greeted each other for the years we worked for NIH in different agencies. It was comforting knowing another honorable Priesthood holder was close. Tom Sevy, who passed last year in Salt Lake was at NIAAA and these two wonderful men always greeted me with a smile. A couple of times during our lunch break Tim closed his office door and gave me a blessing.
Don and I talked about the people we knew and events that took place while we worked in Parklawn at church after he retired. He used to wear his uniform proudly weekly at Parklawn; a suit always at church in Olney. Love you Dorothy and family.