Hurbert 'Hugh' Anthony Damesyn died peacefully on April 13, 2009, of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was born on June 5, 1933, to Frank F. and Florence B. Damesyn in Baltimore, Md. Hugh was raised in a large household, being the youngest of 13 children.
Hugh served for two years in the Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged. He returned to Maryland and attended the University of Maryland, where he met his wife-to-be. They married in 1957. The couple settled in Baltimore, where their three children were born.
After earning his bachelor's degree in business and accounting, he held various positions in the accounting field working in both business and government. In 1972, he moved his family to California to accept a position as comptroller for the Sacramento District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a position he held for 37 years until he retired in 1999.
Hugh loved jokes and was always ready with a wisecrack or a humorous response. He enjoyed gardening, playing poker, dancing and fixing things - there was almost nothing he couldn't repair.
Hugh is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Jan, and by his three children and their families: Cindy and Ian MacSween of Los Gatos; Mark and Elke Damesyn of Davis; and Andrea and Tom Claburn of San Francisco. He also is survived by six grandchildren: Sean MacSween, Catherine Claburn, Ryan MacSween, Natalia Claburn, Clarissa Damesyn and Isabel Damesyn. And he is survived by five siblings, Richard Damesyn of Edgewood, Md.; Eleanor Stillwagoner also of Edgewood; Robert Damesyn of Jacksonville, Fla.; Zenona Paska of Baltimore; and Genevieve Seman of Port Charlotte, Fla.
A memorial is planned at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 2, at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 640 Hawthorn Lane, Davis. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Disabled American Veterans-California Rehabilitation Foundation Inc.