Donald G. McDeshen, 53, letter carrier, union officer

August 20, 2002

Donald Gregory McDeshen, a letter carrier and former postal union officer who was a familiar presence to his customers in the Hampton Plaza building in Towson for nearly 20 years, died of pneumonia Aug. 13 at St. Agnes HealthCare. He was 53.

The Abingdon resident was born in Tacoma, Wash., and moved to Middle River as a child. After graduation from Kenwood High School in 1967, he enlisted in the Navy.

He joined the U.S. Postal Service after his 1969 discharge from the service, and spent most of his career - except for a nine-year hiatus to serve as vice president of the National Association of Letter Carriers - delivering mail and packages to occupants of the Hampton Plaza building at Joppa Road and Fairmount Avenue.

"Don loved his job because he loved people. He looked forward to seeing his customers every day and especially enjoyed talking to the elderly on his route," said a friend, Sandra Snow of Guilford.

Mr. McDeshen enjoyed golfing, skiing and camping. For many years, he was a referee for Baltimore County middle and high school soccer games.

He was a communicant and vestryman of St. George's Episcopal Church in Perryman, where services were held Saturday.

He is survived by his wife of eight years, the former Linda Brown; two daughters, Christina Jackson of Baltimore and Jennifer Kwiterovich of Virginia Beach, Va.; a brother, Joseph McDeshen of Joppatowne; and a grandson. Two previous marriages ended in divorce.

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