Obituary of Donald Keyes Whynott
Donald Keyes Whynott, 89, of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California passed away at his home on Tuesday, October 3, 2023.
Donald was born in Boston, Massachusetts on July 28, 1934, and he grew up in Gloucester with his many siblings, graduating from Gloucester High School with the class of 1952. After graduation, Donald joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed in San Diego, California. After leaving the service, he attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he graduated with BBA and MBA degrees. He then attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison, to continue his studies. Soon after, he embarked on a career as a Human Resources professional that brought him to live in Southern California, Connecticut, Florida, Texas and lastly to Northern California.
After his corporate career, Donald worked for many years managing the tasting room at Baywood Cellars in Monterey, California. In this capacity, he received the monicker “Prince of Cannery Row”. He also served as a bartender for the Gulfstream Aerospace Hospitality tent at the annual Pebble Beach AT&T Pro-Am Golf Tournament for over 20 years. During this time, he greatly enjoyed living in Pacific Grove and Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Throughout his life, he had many passions that included the game of golf, California wines, music, good food, sports, reading and MANY friendships. In his final will, he wished to express his love and appreciation to his many friends and relatives, “especially those who made the game of life as enjoyable as it has been”.
Donald fathered three children by his first marriage. He is survived by his children, Daniel, Mary Beth and Donna, as well as his three grandchildren, Lauren, Justin and Ian. He was predeceased by his parents, Percy Raymond Whynott and Sadie Rita (Clark) Whynott, and his siblings Laura E. Hutchings, Rita E. Whynott, T. Raymond Whynott, Roberta D. Wilson, Florence M. Gibbs Baker, David A. Whynott and Douglas P. Whynott.
A small family celebration of his life will be planned, and his ashes are to be scattered in California along the Monterey Peninsula, as were his wishes. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local Meals on Wheels or hospice provider.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Donald Whynott, please visit Tribute Store