Donald Alden Hoyt
Born Noember15, 1936 To Barbara and Frederick Hoyt of Bergenfield NJ. Don is survived by 4 of his siblings, Alice, Norman, Carl and Foster, and predeceased by 8 others, Barbara, Frederick, Bertram, Ralph, Elbert, Beatrice, Kenneth, and James.
Don was a US Army veteran serving from 1955 – 1957, after which he became a plumber, proudly joining Plumbers Local Union 24 as a journeyman plumber, a member for over 50 years. He also earned his New Jersey State Master Plumber License.
Don was an intensely devoted public servant. In 1967 he joined the Bergenfield Volunteer Fire Department, where he served in Fire Company #2, and on the Bergenfield Ambulance corps for several years before rising through the ranks and attaining the ranks of deputy Chief, and eventually Chief of the Department in 1978. After moving to Oakland NJ in 1979 he transferred to the Oakland Volunteer Fire Department where he served until retiring his status to Life Member in 2019, overall devoting over 50 years in volunteer service to his communities. He received numerous awards during his career including several for being among the top responders, among those turning out for the largest number of alarms day or night.
Don was a faithful member of Ponds Reformed Church where he regularly attended services, and served a term on the consistory.
Don, and his wife of 53 years,Sue (Hoehne) were married on May 27, 1967. He is mourned by his children, Donald Eric and wife Lori, Connie Cheff and husband Michael, Daniel Hoyt and wife Kristen, and grandchildren Alex, James and Jordan Hoyt, Ashley, Megan and Christopher Cheff, and Aiden and Garret Hoyt. He is also the proud uncle of Keith and Paula Hoehne, Frederick and Patricia Hoyt and their children, and many, many others.
Don was a devoted husband and father, and never more so than when he made the family dream a reality, and they purchased a bungalow in Ortley Beach NJ. With the help and labor of sons, brothers, friends and nephews the little house has become the hub of many lifetime memories. After 10 years of do-it-yourself efforts the little gem was complete, just as Superstorm Sandy wreaked devastation through the entire area. With love, persistence, and help from friends and family, it has again been restored. We are comforted by the knowledge that Don will be presiding from his home with the Lord over many games of corn hole in his honor. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to The Oakland Fire Department, 25 Yawpo Ave, Oakland, NJ 07436, would be appreciated.