TENNERTON — Donald Craig Gasper, 82, of Buckhannon, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. He was born Oct. 30, 1930, in Kansas City, Mo., the eldest son of the late Edward Gerhardt Gasper and Lucy Cloyd Craig Gasper. On April 19, 1954, he married Marilyn Glee Hutchins Gasper who survives.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by five sons: David K. and wife, Laura Cales Gasper, of Griffith, Ind., Craig E. Gasper, of Buckhannon, John H. and wife, Linda Sausen Gasper of Fishers, Ind., Mark H. Gasper of Buckhannon and Brett D. Gasper, of Buckhannon; and one daughter, Peggy Ann Gasper Maxwell and husband, Charles, of Morgantown; seven grandchildren: Nicole Maxwell Kirby and husband, Matt, Veronica Maxwell, Adam D. Gasper and wife Justine, Sarah E., Justin A., Michael D. and Jeffery R. Gasper; two great-grandchildren Maxwell P. and Alexander D. Kirby; one brother Kenneth and wife Rosemary of Frisco, Texas; in-laws: Edwin B. Hutchins and wife Dorothy of Stone Mountain, Ga.; Nancy Dekle of Phoenix, Ariz.; Phyllis Hutchins of Southbridge, Mass. and Ann Gasper of Omaha, Neb.: and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brother Richard Gasper and brother-in-law Robert Hutchins.
Mr. Gasper served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and attended Rockhurst College and the University of Missouri. He became a fish biologist and retired from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources after 38 years of service to West Virginia. He was the first fisheries biologist assigned to the Monongahela National Forest. A tireless worker he continued to practice fish and water related sciences throughout the rest of his life. He was a pioneer in the fields of cold-water fisheries, acid mine drainage mediation, forest hydrology and acid rain studies. Don was a 50-plus year member of the American Fisheries Society. He was also a longtime active member of Trout Unlimited, The W.Va. Highlands Conservancy, the West Virginia Environmental Council and The Buckhannon River Watershed Association.
Don Gasper was also very committed to serving the youth and his community. He was an Eagle Scout and Silver Beaver recipient. He has supported area scouting (boy and girl) and other area youth groups in numerous capacities over many years. He was a counselor for almost 50 years at the West Virginia Senior Conservation Camp for youth and also instructed at the W.Va. Junior Conservation Camp for numerous years. He has also been core staff since the inception of Trout Unlimited’s Tri-State Fishing and Conservation Camp. He also served as director of the West Virginia Summer Teachers Workshop for several years. Mr. Gasper served for many years as the chairman of the Upshur County Litter Control Committee of the Solid Waste Authority.
There will be a private family memorial at a later date. In lieu of flowers please contribute to your favorite local charity.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tomblyn.com.
The Tomblyn Whitescarver Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.