I received the message a little while ago that poet Donn Deedon passed away at the age of 67 in Kingman, Arizona.
Donn was an old-school gentleman who had a friendly, resonant voice and was seldom seen without a stylish fedora. He hosted or co-hosted several poetry readings in the L.A. area--most notably the Poetic License series with Larry Jaffe.
Donn was a decent person, supportive of poets in the Los Angeles community. And he thankfully lacked the unchecked egotism that can be found in some local poets.
My condolences go out to his family and to Heather Long, a poet who was close to Donn in his later years.