Duane Donat Obituary 1945 Aberdeen, SD
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He was the track coordinator for Holgate from 1972 – 1989 for both boys and girls track programs and also coached 9th grade boys basketball. In 1971 Duane started his career in officiating football as well as boys and girls basketball. In 1990, Duane began coaching high school track at Aberdeen Central until his retirement from coaching and teaching in 2000. Duane’s second passion outside of sports was his love for carpentry where he spent his summers building new homes or remodeling. The trade he learned with his father growing up was shared with many throughout the Aberdeen community and eventually with his sons as they either built or remodeled their homes.
Duane met the love of his life in 1967, Phyllis Brown, as they were both first-year teachers in East Monona Community schools located in Moorhead, Iowa. This is where Duane’s coaching career started as he built a junior high track program from the ground up. He and Phyllis were married that same year and started their family. This is where Duane’s coaching career started as he built a junior high track program from the ground up.
With heavy hearts, we announce the death of Duane Donat , who passed away on April 1, 2019 at the age of 84. Duane Lawrence Donat was born on April 29th, 1945, to Lawrence and Celia Donat. He grew up in Webster, SD, where he attended high school and adopted the carpentry trade like his father as they partnered together building houses throughout the Webster community.
Over a 33-year period, Duane was most known for his presence either on the football field, basketball court, or softball diamond. Duane also received the 1987 NFOA Basketball Official of the Year, the Distinguished Service Award from the SDHSAA, and was the first recipient of the Steve Withorne Memorial award. Duane retired from officiating football and basketball in 2004.
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