Donald H. Quick

Donald H. Quick, age 73, passed away surrounded by his loved ones at his family home on May 26, 2009, after a courageous fight with pancreatic cancer.

Don was born on Oct. 20, 1935, in Richmond Hill, N.Y. He was predeceased by his parents Harry and Harriet (Rothenhausen) Quick.

Don graduated from Smithtown High School, Smithtown, Long Island, in 1953, and then continued is education at SUNY Farmingdale. Don was a member of the Smithtown Fire Department and the Fire Department Marching Band.

On Nov. 12, 1955, Don married his high school sweetheart Joan Heissenbuttel. Following their marriage, they moved to Rhinebeck, N.Y., where Don became a herdsman on Vincent Astor’s Black Angus farm.

Don began his career in law enforcement with the Smithtown Police Department, later becoming a detective with the Suffolk County Police Department. In 1967, Don and Joan moved to Granville, N.Y., with their three children where he could pursue his dream of becoming a dairy farmer. The family purchased Fox-Field Stock Farm, and his sons continue to run the farm today.

Don joined the Washington County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy, was promoted to first investigator, and later became the undersheriff of the department. After leaving the sheriff’s department, Don worked with the New York State Taxation and Finance Department, retiring from police work in 1993.

Don had been an active member in the Rotary Club, since moving to Granville, serving two terms as president. He was also a member of the Granville Methodist Church.

Don was always there to help anyone who needed it, and will be missed dearly by his many friends and family. Two of Don’s passions were law enforcement and dairy farming, which he passed on to his family; his sons became dairy farmers, and his grandson became a New York State Police trooper. Don was also an avid horse enthusiast, passing that on to his daughter, granddaughters and great-grandson.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Joan; his sister, Dolores Quick of Glens Falls, N.Y.; his daughter, Dale Olsen and her husband, Bruce, his son, Kenneth Quick Sr. and his wife, Diane, and his son Douglas Quick, all of Granville. He is also survived by granddaughter Brooke Olsen-Farrell and husband Christopher of Granville, N.Y., grandson Justin Olsen and wife Heidi of Gansevoort, N.Y., grandson Erik Olsen and wife Beth of Belle Mead, N.J., granddaughter Kaitlin Ellis and husband John of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., granddaughter Karaline Quick of Chicago, granddaughter Lindsey Depew and husband Nick of Argyle, N.Y., grandson Kenneth Jr. of Granville, N.Y., and granddaughters Lauren and Audra Quick of Granville, N.Y. Also surviving are great-grandchildren Jack, Connor and Liam Farrell of Granville, N.Y., and Ella Olsen of Gansevoort, N.Y.

A funeral service was held on Friday, May 29, at 10 a.m. at the Granville United Methodist Church, Church Street, Granville, with the Rev. Jerry McKinney and the Rev. Keith Mann officiating. Burial was in the Oakwood Cemetery in South Granville. A gathering followed at Bernardo’s Restaurant on Church Street. At Don’s request there were no calling hours.


In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Washington County Hospice or Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Robert M King Funeral Home, 23 Church St., Granville, N.Y.




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