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July 24, 1936 – Nov. 17, 2016

On Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, Donald Yent died and he did not want to. Donald had things to do, like repair the second floor dormers and the boards on the pier.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Donald’s love affair with the Chesapeake Bay began at an early age and was only interrupted for a short 33 years while he practiced dentistry in Palo Alto, California, raised his two children and married his wife, Kathy.  

In 1996, Donald retired to Mathews County where he built a barn, remodeled his home, and cruised the Chesapeake Bay in his beloved trawler, Crawler. His family and their history were of utmost importance to Donald. He had a special affection for his nieces, Linda, Leslie, and Laurie, adored his daughter, Darcy, had profound admiration and respect for his son, Greg, and delighted in his granddaughter, Addison.

Donald loved life, dogs, beer, dentistry, oysters, Hamilton watches, dogs, travel, the Baltimore Colts, flying, Angelo’s pizza, dogs, boats, crab cakes, baseball caps, the Episcopal Church, cars, good friends, dogs, and vanilla ice cream. He tolerated cats and his wife’s love of music and dancing. Donald had a delicious sense of humor, never met a stranger, and held no rancor. He was a good man.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, at Christ Episcopal Church, Williams Wharf Road, Mathews, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 723, Mathews, Va. 23109 or to Kingston Parish Rector’s Discretionary Fund, P.O. Box 471, Mathews, Va. 23109.