COOPERSTOWN — COOPERSTOWN _ Donald C. Huntington, a lifelong area resident and successful farmer and businessman, died early Friday morning, Aug. 17, 2012, at his home on Trolley Line Road in Cooperstown.
He was 82. Born Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 1929, at the Parshall Hospital in Oneonta, Don was one of six sons of Lowell S. and Meta Charlotte (Juergensen) Huntington.
Always a farm boy at heart, he was raised in Westford on the family dairy farm, Lomet Meadows, which was established by his father in 1924.
Don attended the Andrew S. Draper Central School in Schenevus and graduated as valedictorian of the Class of 1947. Upon graduating from high school, he attended Cornell University and graduated in 1951, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture.
On Feb. 22, 1953, Don married Jean Cower in a ceremony at the Main Street Baptist Church in Oneonta. They settled in the Westford area where they raised their family. A lifelong and faithful member of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Westford, he served the church in many capacities during his life and especially enjoyed being the organist.
A member of the Masonic Fraternity for 50 years, he was a Past Master of Schenevus Valley Lodge No. 592, Free and Accepted Masons. Right Worshipful Huntington also served as District Deputy Grand Master of the Otsego-Schoharie Masonic District in 1976, and for several years served on the Fellowship Committee of the Grand Lodge of New York. Don was a member of the Westford Volunteer Fire Department and was a past Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners. He also served for seven years on the Board of Trustees of the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta.
In 1979, he formed the Don Huntington Corporation. His business ventures included the development of property off Greenough Road in the Town of Hartwick that became Trolley Line Road. In his leisure, Don enjoyed golfing and was a subscriber at the Leatherstocking Golf Course in Cooperstown. Throughout the years he also served as an umpire for baseball games and a referee for basketball games.