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Hanna, Don
Don, 74, passed away peacefully May 2, 2016 at home surrounded by his family. Don is survived by his wife of 43 years, Donna; daughter Andrea Stevenson and husband Kern; grandsons Kellan and Kolter; sister Lynn (Ron) Morse and brother Richard (Karen) Hanna; and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his sisters Teresa Meadows and Marcia Fitzgerald. Born in Nebraska, Don and his family lived in many states and abroad as they followed his father's Army career. Don graduated high school as an All American/ All State athlete in Kansas. After graduation at Independence Junior College, he joined the Army Reserves to serve his country. Although offered a contract as a catcher with the Pittsburgh Pirates, he chose to go to college on a football scholarship and graduated from Hastings College in Nebraska. Following college, he played semi-pro football for the Minnesota Vikings. Don competed in track and field events, winning the National AAU Pentathlon javelin championship, medaling in the discus and overall Pentathlon competition. He also achieved a USTA teaching pro accreditation in tennis. In the late 70's Don and his brother Richard built and operated a successful sports/racquetball club in Colorado. Don's career with the YMCA began in Des Moines, Iowa spanning over forty years in several states, as well as international work with the Ys in Bogota, Colombia and Belize. Retiring from the YMCA of San Francisco as Senior Vice President of Operations, Don and Donna traveled to many countries on five continents and several island nations pursuing their love of nature and snorkeling. Don will be remembered as a strong and humble man, quietly inspiring others. A private celebration honoring Don will be held by his family. In Don's memory, donations may be made to the Emergency Assistance Fund, Stitzer YMCA Center, Springfield College, 263 Alden St., Springfield, MA 01109.
Published in The Arizona Republic on May 15, 2016
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