Donald Golden

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Feb. 17, 1926 - Jan. 25, 2010

Former resident Donald J. Golden, 83, died Jan. 25, 2010, at his home in Carmichael, Calif.

Donald was born on Feb. 17, 1926, in Walla Walla to Thomas Eugene Golden and Josephine C. (Rypcznski) Golden. Don was the eldest of five children (Don, William, Eugene, Eileen and Albert).

Don is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jimmie Golden, Carmichael, Calif.; a son, Thomas Golden, Seattle;
a daughter, Mary P. Golden, Carmichael, Calif.; a sister, Eileen Boyes, Donner, Calif.; a brother, Albert Golden, Walla Walla; a daughter-in-law, Mary J. Golden, Folsom, Calif.; two grandchildren, Sara Golden and Patrick Golden; and numerous nieces and nephews. Don was preceded in death by his son, Donald J. Golden Jr.

Don attended St. Patrick's, St. Vincent Academy and in 1943, Whitman College, as a member of the U.S. Navy V-12 program. In 1944, he was assigned to the U.S.S. Belleau Wood (CVL-24) as a gunner's mate and served in the South Pacific. Following his military service, Don returned to Whitman College, where he received his B.A. in economics and business administration in 1949 and a teaching credential in 1950.

On Sept. 16, 1950, Don married Jimmie Fryer of Albuquerque, N.M. Don taught multiple subjects and coached football, basketball and baseball in Oakville, Wash., and at Joseph High School in Joseph, Ore. In 1956, Don and his family moved to Carmichael, Calif. For two years, Don taught mathematics, physical education and coached football and basketball. In 1958, Don was asked to be vice principal at the newly constructed Encina High School, where he remained until 1973, having become principal in 1968. In 1962, Don received a M.A. in education at the then Sacramento State College.

In 1973, Don became director of vocational education for the San Juan Unified School District. During this time, Don extended the vocational education program for 11 high schools, one technical center and three confirmation high schools with the San Juan District. While director of vocational education, Don also served in additional positions of director of construction, director of maintenance and operations and director of insurance until his retirement in 1981. For over 30 years, Don was a strong and positive influence upon students and teachers.

Don remained active in his love of the outdoors with abalone diving, hunting, fishing, ATV riding and rock hounding trips throughout the western United States. He was integral to the formation of the Sacramento chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

At his request, there was no memorial service and his friends are requested to make any remembrance to a charity of their choice.

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