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HARBIN, DONALD THOMAS, April 8, 1937 - March 31, 2012. Don Harbin passed away from pneumonia in the hospital just one week before his 75th birthday. Born in Lumber City, GA, Don's family later moved to McRae, GA where he attended Telfair County public schools. After graduating in 1955, Don attended Brewton Parker College where he was a standout athlete in basketball and baseball. After an injury cut short his playing career, Don found his calling as a coach, joining legendary men's basketball coach Glenn Wilkes as an assistant while earning a bachelor's and then master's degree from Stetson University. Don then returned to Brewton Parker as head basketball and baseball coach as well as athletic director. He went on to win recognition as one of the top junior college coaches in the southeast and was recently inducted into the Brewton Parker College Hall of Fame. While at Stetson, Don met and married Elizabeth Kohloss of Winter Park, FL in 1960. Over their 51 years together, they raised three children: Foster Harbin of Tallahassee, FL, Grant Harbin (deceased) and Bess Harbin Auer of Maitland, FL. Don is also survived by his 7 grandchildren: Pierce, Jackson, Davis,
Maggie, Courtney, Hannah and Victoria as well as his nephews: James Outlaw of McRae, GA and Pierce Outlaw of Longwood, FL. After retiring from coaching, Don went into pharmaceutical sales for Mead Johnson before moving into commercial real estate with C.A. Johnson Properties. Don believed in giving back to his community by being a Harbor School benefactor and Boy Scouts of America leader. A founding member of the East Orange Rotary Club, Don was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow, but it was his family and youth sports that gave Don the most satisfaction. He served by example as an active booster, volunteer coach and willing cheerleader for his children at their many sporting activities. Don was one of three Rotarians that organized the Tip Off Classic Basketball Tournament still held each year at Winter Park High School. He was also a long-standing fixture at Winter Park High School's soccer, basketball and football games and so the family is asking that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Winter Park High School Athletic Hall of Fame Foundation, c/o Rob Robison, 2100 Summerfield Road, Winter Park, FL 32792. A private service for the family will be held later this week.
Published in the Orlando Sentinel on Apr. 3, 2012
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