Donald J Hayner, 90, of The Villages, Florida, passed away quietly on Sunday November 1, 2020 at Elan Buena Vista Memory Care. Born in Bayport Minnesota, he was the youngest son of the late Joseph and Armedia Hayner. He is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart of 70 years, JoAnn (Bauer) Hayner and four children; Nanette Marie Hayner and son-in-law John Stecyk, The Villages, Florida, Monica Beth Hayner of E. Syracuse, NY, Cynthia Hayner DeLapp and son-in-law James R DeLapp, The Villages, Florida and Robert M Hayner and daughter-in-law Heide Collister, Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was a loving grandfather to seven grandchildren; Ryan Smith of LaFayette, NY, Stephanie Ness of Manlius, NY, Trevor Smith of Fayetteville, NY, Darren Smith of Tully, NY, Chadwick McNab of Manlius, NY, Marshall Hayner of California and Caroline Hayner of Australia and ten great grandchildren.
Don’s career started at Anderson Windows as a teenager sweeping floors then eventually becoming Northeast Regional Sales Manager. He moved his family to the Syracuse NY area in the 1950’s where he met Richard Hoyt. Together they formed the Hayner Hoyt Corporation, creating the beginnings of an icon in the commercial construction industry. The Skytop Apartments at Syracuse University and One City Center in downtown Rochester NY are just two of their many notable construction projects throughout NY. Hayner Hoyt corporation continues its work today in Syracuse after more than 50 years in business.
In his spare time, he enjoyed a competitive game of golf, tennis and platform tennis with his friends. The family enjoyed many summers camping on Fork Island in Lake George NY where they spent time swimming, boating, and fishing. When not at the lake, family gatherings were held on Sundays at his home where the kids enjoyed afternoons around the pool and spirited games of volleyball.
Following his retirement, he and his wife moved to Sarasota Florida where he continued to enjoy golf, tennis, and bird watching. He and his wife loved to travel throughout the US and the world. Don was also a communicant and usher at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church in Osprey Fl where he donated his expertise to the church’s construction projects serving as Clerk of the Works.
A private celebration of life will be held in the summer of 2021 in Lake George NY. Memorial donations can be made to Habitat for Humanity at habitat.org or the Salvation Army at salvationarmyusa.org.