Donald Hewitt

Alton |

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Donald D. Hewitt, age 82, on Tuesday, November 28, 2023, in San Antonio, Texas. Born on February 27, 1941, in Alton, Illinois, to Hilda Lucille Switzer and Dane Lionel Hewitt.

From the early age of 16, Don Hewitt immersed himself in the world of hot rods, igniting a passion that would define his life. A skilled auto body craftsman by trade, he dedicated his career to automobile restoration. Don later co-founded Bracken Collision 281, where he became one of the esteemed owners before retiring. One of Don's most recent achievements was recreating an exact copy of his first car – a 1951 Chevy.

Don's love story with his wife, Beverly Hewitt (née Beverly Cooper), spanned an incredible 63 years. They knew it was love from the first kiss. He leaves behind a legacy of love and a family that adored him. Don is survived by his wife, Beverly, and their two sons, Todd Hewitt (wife Michelle Hewitt) and Jeff Hewitt (wife Tammy Hewitt). His grandchildren, Colby Hewitt, Kenzie Hewitt, and Cooper Hewitt, were the source of immeasurable pride and joy. The entire Hewitt family shared Don's enthusiasm for cool cars, creating lasting memories that will endure through generations.

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