Donald F. DuPont, age 81
Long time Kenwood and Sonoma County resident Donald F. DuPont passed away quietly on Valentines Day, Feb. 14, after beating the odds for 16 years.
In 1995 Donald was admitted to Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco where he underwent surgery for a stent bypass. Surgeons believed this new procedure would give their patients five years at most. Fortunately, their predictions proved to be incorrect for Dupont.
Donald was born in San Francisco at on Sept. 7, 1929, the son of Margaret Mary Kowskie DuPont and James Fred DuPont. He attended St. Charles Catholic School and served as an altar boy for several years. His family moved and he attended Douglas Elementary School where he met lifelong friend Gary Fehman. At age 16 he managed to conceal his age and served as a Merchant Marine. Following that, in 1946, he and Gary joined the California National Guard in Alameda and were assigned to the 145th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron. In 1950 they were assigned to active duty in the Army Air Corp during the Korean War.
For 40 years he worked as an upholsterer and custom furniture manufacturer. He trained countless apprentices, and was known for attention to detail and high quality work. Although he was a San Francisco native, Donald was a cowboy at heart. In 1967 he moved his entire family to Sonoma and he remained a Sonoma County resident for over 44 years. He was known by all for sporting a black Stetson hat, bolo tie, and black cowboy boots.
Donald is survived by his loving wife of nearly 60 years Edelma Arce DuPont, and three children – Donald and wife Judy, devoted daughter Yvonne Kunde, and James and wife Laura, as well as his sister Joan I. Fehman, and uncle Jack Kowskie and wife Angie. He had 11 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his oldest son Rudolph, who died in 1979 in a work-related accident.
A memorial service was held on Feb. 19, followed by a private inurnment at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery.