Don Wright

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Don Wright, age 66, tragically passed away of a sudden heart attack on Nov. 23rd. Thanksgiving evening, at his home in Arvada, CO. He grew up in Wheeling, IL., a suburb of Chicago, and excelled at basketball and baseball at Wheeling High School. He graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1973 where he played basketball for 4 years. After college he coached HS. basketball in Galesburg, IL 1973-76. Don was a strong Christian, and after moving to Colorado in 1977, he prayed for an idea where he could use his talents for sports and be self employed. He came up with the concept of running baseball and basketball skills camps for boys and girls, which he did for over 27 years. At last count, he had instructed over 50,000 kids all around the metro area, with many kids taking the camps numerous times and many handicapped kids also participating. In order to fund the camps over and above the registration fee, he sold a coupon card door-to-door for $3 with coupons from local restaurants like Wendy's and McDonald's. He was known by many people as "The Coupon Man", and he developed a true friendship with many of those people who continued to buy his coupon cards and support his camps year after year. He is survived by his wife Dawn and his 4 wonderful sons Jason (age 42) of Aurora, CO; Jacob (age 40) of Jacksonville, FL; John (age 38) of Aurora, CO and Jack (age 36) of Tulsa, CO. To all those valued friends who bought coupon cards over the years and whose kids attended the baseball and basket-ball camps, Don's family would like to offer their sincerest thanks. Coach Don, we will miss you. For full obituary and to share a memory of Don or leave a special message for his family visit please click the Share Memories button on Don's obituary.
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Malesich And Shirey Funeral Home & Colorado Crematory
5701 Independence St
Arvada, CO 80002
(720) 242-6784
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Published in Colorado Community Newspapers from Dec. 14, 2017 to Jan. 13, 2018