Donald (DG) Graves Fangmeyer, 60
Donald (DG) Graves Fangmeyer, 60, of Sebastopol, Calif., died suddenly on Monday, Oct. 1, in Millbrae, Calif.
Don was born on Oct. 29, 1951, in Baltimore, Md., to Donald and Elizabeth Fangmeyer. He grew up in Belfast, Maine, attending High Mowing School in Wilton, N.H. and graduating from Belfast Area High School in 1968. Four years later, he graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. with a BA in Visual Studies. After living in the N.H. seacoast region for many years, he moved to Sausalito, Calif., in 2004 and then to his current home in the beautiful West County area of Sonoma County, near Sebastopol.
Don’s professional life as an independent creative consultant, communications strategist and writer provided an outlet for his unique creativity, his wonderful way with words and his ability to define and articulate complex ideas. Early in his career he worked for several Boston multimedia and advertising companies, including Intermedia and Humphrey Browning MacDougall. In 1980 he formed his consulting company; Fangmeyer and Company, which has since provided creative and strategic services to many major financial and professional services companies. He also served for four years as Director of Creative Strategy on a consulting basis at Wechsler Ross and Partners in Manhattan.
His personal creative time was spent on photography, painting and recently, playing the clarinet. He loved and collected books, enjoyed fly fishing and visiting art museums. Many of his happiest times were spend making his friends laugh and feel cared for while sharing wonderful food and excellent wine with him. Those inviting Don for dinner always looked forward to him arriving with his martini kit and quirky sense of humor.
Generous with his time, Don served as the Board Chair of South Church in Portsmouth, N.H., he had recently became a member of the Board of the Sebastopol Community and Cultural Center and he could always be counted on to help out at Sebastopol Sunrise Rotary events, of which his wife is a member.
Don is survived by his wife of 9 years, Gabrielle Disario and his two children, Max Fangmeyer of Providence, R.I., and New Delhi, India, and Elizabeth Fangmeyer of Somerville, Mass.; son and daughter of Margaret Marty of Providence, R.I., and by his stepson, Evan Bangham of San Francisco. Also, by his brother Ray and his wife Maureen of Temple, N.H., and his sister Beth of Alton Bay, N.H., as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made either to Stone Creek Zen Center, P.O. Box 56, Sebastopol, Calfi. 95473 or to High Mowing School, Developmental and Alumni Relations, 222 Isaac Frye Highway, Wilton, N.H., 03086 as these two institutions played a very special role in Don’s life.
A memorial service and celebration of Don’s life will be held on Friday, Oct. 19, at 3 p.m. at the Pleasant Hill Memorial Park, 1700 Pleasant Hill Road in Sebastopol, Calif., followed by a reception. A second service will be held in Portsmouth, N.H., before the end of October. More information will follow.