Kenton D. Hamaker, 73, an architect and a founder of Sharpe & Hamaker, a general contracting firm, died of congestive heart failure May 16 at Arlington Hospital.

Mr. Hamaker, who lived in Falls Church, was born in Bonanza, Ore. He earned his degree in architecture at the University of Oregon. In 1933, he moved to Arlington and was in the private practice of architecture until 1946.

In that year, he and Howard W. Sharpe founded Sharpe & Hamaker. The firm was dissolved in the mid-1970s. Mr. Hamaker continued to practice architecture until his death.

In 1967, he was appointed to the Virginia State Board for the Registration of Contractors. He also was active in the Kiwanis Club, the Red Cross and the Boy Scouts in Arlington.

Mr. Hamaker was a deacon and an elder of the Falls Church Presbyterian Church and a member of the executive board of the International Pentecostal Conference Inc. and the Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship.

His hobbies included sailing and gardening. He was a member of the Potomac Valley Watercolor Association and the Washington Golf and Country Club.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Cline Hamaker, of Falls Church; a daughter, Darrell Studdard of Meridian, Miss; two sons, Kenton Jr., of Arlington, and Joel, of Bethesda; a brother, Chester, of Klamath Falls, Ore., and five grandchildren.