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Donald L. Schmidli


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Donald L. Schmidli

Sun City - Donald L. Schmidli, 90, passed into heaven on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018.

He was born on Aug. 21, 1927 in Pueblo, Co. to Charles and Fern Schmidli. He attended Pueblo Central High School and Pueblo Junior College where he played four sports and was named best athlete of 1948. He earned his bachelors' degree in education at Western Sate College of Colorado then joined the Marine Corps and served in Korea. He then returned to Western State to earn his masters degree and met his wife, Nancy Kelso Schmidli.

Don extended his love of sports into his career as a basketball coach winning 300+ games including two state championships in Colorado, followed by many rewarding years as coach and athletic director at Brophy College Prep in Phoenix.

Don enjoyed golfing, fishing and spending time in Cholla Bay, Mexico where in retirement he became an active and loved member of the community.

Don is survived by his wife, Nancy, daughter Shannon Schmidli Arns, and son Donald R. Schmidli (Shawn), and 3 grandchildren.

A celebration of Life will be on Sat. March 24 at 11:00 a.m. at Lakeview United Methodist Church,10298 W. Thunderbird Blvd., Sun City, Az. Donations in his honor would be appreciated at Valiant Hospice, 637 S. 48th St, Tempe, Az. 85281 or to the Cholla Charity Fund, in care of Kathy Barnard, 1547 E. Royal Palm Rd., Phoenix, Az.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Mar. 13, 2018
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