In a press release, young plant producer ForemostCo announced that salesmen Thomas H. “Tom” DeHaven, Jr., of Hollywood, Florida, died on Oct. 1. He was 67.
DeHaven joined the ForemostCo family 20 years ago, and achieved the highest plateaus in friendship and professionalism. His sales territory was in the southeast United States, plus he managed key plant sources in China.
“He was a cherished colleague and friend who will be missed by many, but never forgotten by those fortunate to have known him,” said Joseph C. Roberts, COO of ForemostCo. "Tom left a powerful impression on the industry and will indeed be greatly missed."
DeHaven was born on August 23, 1952 in Winchester, Virginia, to the late Thomas H. DeHaven, Sr. and Delores C. DeHaven Hoover. He graduated from James Wood High School in Winchester in 1970. He then attended and received his undergraduate degree in horticulture from Virginia Tech in 1975. He was a loyal and true Hokie fan for life.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Mary F. DeHaven, also of Hollywood, whom he married on August 13, 1981. He is also survived by his sister, Brenda DeHaven Newcome (Charles) of Winchester and his stepfather, Clarence “Salty” Hoover, also of Winchester.
A celebration of life service for DeHaven will be held on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2019, at 1 p.m. at the Little Mountain United Methodist Church, located at 259 Little Mountain Church Rd. in Winchester. A reception in the church social hall will be held immediately following the service.
DeHaven's tribute wall, full obituary and a link to buy flowers for the family can be found here.