Don Berg(1921 - 2014)

Berg, Don Native Son - Husband - Father- Educator - CDR USNRetired - Sr. Softballer SAN DIEGO -- Donald McInnes Berg was born in Logan Heights, San Diego, June l0th, 1921, the second son of Andrew H. Berg and Flora McInnes Berg, passed away at age 92 on April 9th, 2014. Don attended Sherman and McKinley elementary schools. Roosevelt Jr. HS and graduated from Hoover HS in 1939 where he was inducted into their sports Hall of Fame. He then attended San Diego State College graduating with a BA degree in Education in 1943 (MA in 1954) and was captain of the track teams at both Hoover and San Diego State. He was ordered in active duty USN in April of 1943, commissioned Ensign in August 1943 and was assigned to the Amphibious Forces Atlantic as small boat officer on board LST 289 that was torpedoed by German E boats off southern England on April 28, 1944. CDR Berg was later sent to the West Pac assigned to LST 245 as Exec. Officer and then was Commanding Officer of LST 452 as hostilities ended. After WWII, he was involved with various other duties in the Naval Reserve and was promoted to full CDR-USNR in 1962. In January 1948, Don started his first teaching assignment at Roosevelt Jr. HS where he taught Physical Education, Math, and counseled at Roosevelt and Horace Mann and Pershing Jr. High schools. He touched the lives of many students during his 36 years of teaching service and retired from the San Diego City Schools in December 1983. CDR Berg married Theresa Kessock of Frackville, PA, a LT in the Navy Nurse Corps, on Aug. 28th, 1948 at the San Diego Naval Hospital Chapel and after celebrating 65 years of blissful marriage, Tess, the Love of his Life, passed on this past September. They are survived by their three sons, Donald of San Diego, Douglas of San Diego, and Kenneth and wife Laurie of Santee; his sister, Betty; nephew, Mickey and niece, Carey, all of Carlsbad and two grandchildren, Christie and David. After retiring in late 1983, Don enjoyed playing Senior Softball and had participated in the La Mesa Senior Softball League and Don organized the La Mesa 65's softball team for tournament play in 1988 as their Pitcher/Manager. This team, later renamed the San Diego Silver Hawks, qualified to play in the first Senior Softball World Series held in Greensboro, NC, where they won the 65+ age Div. Championship and have since played in over 15 SSWS winning 10 SSWS Championship Rings in the 65, 70, 75, and 80 age divisions from 1989 - 2003. The Silver Hawks had the best overall Sr. Softball World Series record for any team in the Nation during that time winning 19 out of 26 Championship tournaments entered and in Aug. 2003, Don was honored by being inducted into the National Sr. Softball Hall of Fame. A Memorial Service is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7th, at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery where he will be interred with his wife Theresa in the WWII Veterans Columbarium Wall followed by a Reception celebrating his life from 3 - 6 p.m. at Tom Ham's Lighthouse restaurant on Harbor Island.

Published in U-T San Diego on Apr. 27, 2014