Donald S. “Jack” Hazen, 82, of Parsons and former Erie resident, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010 at the Presbyterian Manor in Parsons.
He was born March 28, 1928 at Kimball, to John Henry and Angie Bell Matilda Smith Hazen. He grew up in the Kimball area and attended schools there. He served in the United States Army from 1946 to 1949. He moved to Erie where he worked at the Neosho Valley Creamery. He then bought the 59 diner in 1970. He moved to Chanute in 1978 and worked at Bush Hog for a few years then worked at Churchhill until his retirement in 1993. He moved to Parsons in 2003.
He and Dorothy Moore were married in 1947. They later divorced. He and Josephine Shirley Hammans were married on September 28, 1949 at Erie. She preceded him in death on Jan. 8, 2008.
He enjoyed carpentry, woodworking, camping, and having the family together for picnics and dinners on holidays. He ran a saw sharpening business in his retirement for 8 years and also worked at Western Auto part time in Erie. He was a member of the First Christian Church at Erie and recently attended the First Christian Church in Parsons.
His survivors include his daughter, Debra Mathis, Parsons; two grandchildren, Virgil Mathis, Jr., and his wife, Amber, Parsons, and Deanna Gray and her husband, Floyd, Parsons; nine great-grandchildren; his companion, Fern Walls of the Presbyterian Manor. He was preceded in death by a son, Donald E. Hazen, two daughters, Linda Jones and Olivia Hazen, and three brothers, John, Forrest, and Charles Hazen, one half-brother, Oren Hazen, and two sisters, Lenora See and Lola Samples.
Funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 31 at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Bethel Cemetery north of Erie. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 to 8 p.m. this evening. Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association and these may be left at or mailed to the Carson-Wall Funeral Home, 112 N. 26th St., P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357. Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.