Donald Lewis Hand

November 3, 1941July 22, 2020

HAND, Donald Lewis, 78, of Clearwater, died July 22 after a hospitalization due to Covid-19. He was born in Glen Rock, NJ on November 3, 1941 and was a descendent of Elder William Brewster of the Mayflower Pilgrims. Don graduated Duke University with a BA in History and served in the U.S. Army from 1968-72. He was a pipe organ design engineer with Austin Organs for many years, a member of the American Guild of Organists, and an accomplished organist and carillonneur, leading choirs at the many churches he served in Connecticut and Florida. He was proud of his over 100 organ installations, particularly those at the Inter-American University Chapel in Puerto Rico, The Shiroishi White Cube Concert Hall in Japan, and his final project, First Baptist in Washington, DC. Don loved his family, was a passionate musician, reader, and history buff, and, as a man of great faith, dedicated much of his time to service of the church. He loved to experience life and traveled extensively. He was predeceased by his parents, Homer and Anna-May Hand, and his daughter, Kimberly Pearce. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Shirley, his sister Judy Gardner (Mort), his uncle, Bill Lewis (Elaine), his sons, David, Jonathan (Allyson), Mark (Kacie), and Christopher, his daughter, Karen Young (Jeff), and his eleven grandchildren. Due to pandemic, memorial services will be scheduled later.


  • Predeceased by his parents; Homer and Anna-May Hand and his daughter; Kimberly Pearce

    Survived by his wife of 35 years; Shirley
    Sister; Judy Gardner (Mort)
    Uncle; Bill Lewis (Elaine)
    Sons; David, Jonathan (Allyson), Mark (Kacie), and Christopher
    Daughter; Karen Young (Jeff)
    and his eleven grandchildren

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  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, August 8, 2020


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Helen Hudson

August 9, 2020

Shirley and family, we are so sorry to hear of Don's passing. He always played the organ so beautifully at Anona church. You were so wonderful together playing piano and organ. Thank you both for your great talents. Shirley, God bless and sustain you through this dreadful time. God bless you and your family. We will miss him, too. Blessings Rowe and Helen Hudson

John Day

August 5, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you.
We enjoyed Don and you in our Investment Club.
Wish I had talked with him about his wonderful career.

John Day

Sandy Merryman

August 2, 2020

I’m so sorry Shirley . Don was a great organist. We enjoyed knowing you two at Central Christian Church. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Dick and Sandy

Donald Rolander

August 2, 2020

A find musical friend who will me musical friend for many years will be missed. may you rest in peace,

Mary Newport

August 2, 2020

To Shirley and Family,
I wish to extend deepest condolences from my family to yours on Don's passing. Don was part of our life for so many years, along with you, Shirley and Karen, while our daughters, Julie and Joanna, were growing up and we loved and appreciated your visits to our home in Spring Hill when Steve was not doing so well. Don always had a smile on his face and I enjoyed many pleasant conversations with him. We greatly enjoyed hearing him sing and playing the organ so elegantly. Many times I have visited churches while traveling and wondered if the pipe organ was one of Don's designs and will continue to do so. Our hearts go out to you.
Mary Newport, Julie, John and Cole, Joanna and Forrest, Larry and Rose Ann.

Cheryl and Todd Brouette

July 29, 2020

Don was a friend of ours, and colleague of mine, for over 25 years. He was dedicated to his family and to the work of the church. I called on him a few times for organ registration assistance, and he even turned pages for me at one concert featuring the pipe organ.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his wife, Shirley, and to all of the family. Don was a wonderful man, and we will miss him.

Cheryl (and Todd) Brouette


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