Darold Adamson(1929 - 2013)

DAROLD ADAMSON 2/24/1929 - 10/10/2013 Darold Adamson, beloved husband, father, family man and friend passed away Thursday evening, October 10, 2013, with his wife and children by his side. Born February 24, 1929 in Libby, Montana, Darold grew up there, hunting, fishing, and playing sports. A gifted student athlete, Adamson decided he wanted to be a teacher and coach when he was just a sophomore in high school. After high school he continued his education at the University of Washington in Seattle where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Education and his Teaching Credential. Adamson's career in education, coaching, athletics, and administration spanned more than 40 years. It began in 1955 in Bakersfield, California, at a small elementary school where Mr. Adamson taught 5th through 8th grades. There he met Peggy McClelland, who he married in 1956. Longing to return to the mountains, Darold and Peggy set out on a driving adventure in the summer of 1956 and discovered the town of Chester, California. Adamson sought out the Principal, (Mr. Bob Batha), of the newly formed Chester High School (CHS), and asked for an interview. His persistence paid off when he was ultimately offered a position which he accepted, teaching six sections of history and math, and coaching basketball. He continued coaching basketball at CHS for 15 years, and coached baseball, football, and track as well. A loving family man, Darold was very involved in the lives of his children, Sandra, Jodi and Eric. Spending time together on and off the field as they grew up, he shared his love of sports and the great outdoors. He worked on his golf game when he could - and he loved the San Francisco 49ers and Giants. In 1970 Adamson became Vice Principal at CHS, and four years later assumed the role of principal. He made it a point to get to know each student personally, going so far as to know exactly where to find them when they were absent from school during hunting season. In 1984, he swept Judy Wann off her feet and they were married in a private ceremony in Arizona. Darold immediately became an integral part of Judy's large and extended family, and was at the heart of all family holidays and celebrations. In 1986 Darold was hired to work as the Commissioner for the Northern Section California Interscholastic Federation, (CIF). His role as Commissioner provided him the opportunity to continue his involvement with high school athletics, a job he loved. During his time as Commissioner, he and Judy made many cherished friendships that lasted for the rest of his life. In his spare time he continued working on his golf game and fishing, and he continued to love the San Francisco 49ers and Giants. A tribute to his profession, Adamson has inspired many others to pursue careers in education and coaching. His positive influence, leadership, and commitment to students was honored in 2010 when the newly-remodeled CHS gym was dedicated the Adamson Gymnasium. Retiring in 1999, he cotinued working on his golf game and did some traveling with Judy, visiting family and friends. He still loved fishing and the outdoors, and of course, the San Francisco 49ers and Giants. Acknowledging a life well-lived, Adamson once humbly remarked, "If I had been able to draw a perfect blueprint for my life, I couldn't have done any better." Darold is predeceased by all of his brothers Bobby, Norman, Duane, Eddie, Ronnie, Richard, and his sister Donna. He is survived by Judy, his loving wife of almost 30 years, and the children he was so proud of, Eric Adamson, (Becky) of Chester, Jodi Adamson Mansell, (Chuck) of Lakeport, and Sandy Hasstedt, (Glen) of Bonney Lake, Washington. Stepsons Richard Wann, (Julie) and David Wann, (Laurie), and grandchildren Tanner and David Mansell, Sadie Benny (Pete), Corey Pargee (Dan), Kalah Wann, Keith and Brian Wann, Larke and Adam Hasstedt. Surviving In-Laws: Chloe Adamson of Libby, Montana; Yoko Rich, Hank Rich , Mike Rich, Peggy Schuppert, Susan Bradburn, their spouses and numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of Darold's wonderful life will be held at the Butte Creek Country Club on Sunday, Oct. 20th at 1:00 p.m. Any remembrances may be sent to Newton-Bracewell Funeral Home for the Darold Adamson Scholarship Fund, established to benefit Chester High School; 680 Camellia Way, Chico, CA 95926. To view obituary and send condolences online go to NewtonBracewell.com

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Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Oct. 16, 2013