Donald Richard Colo
1925 - 2019
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Donald Richard Colo

Phoenix - Donald Richard Colo, born on January 5, 1925, passed away peacefully at his home with his family by his side on June 23, 2019. The son of Josephine and Virgilio Colo, Don was born in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

At 18 years old, on July 1, 1943, Don joined the U.S. Navy. He would serve his beloved country honorably, including serving on the U.S.S. Samuels S. Miles in the Southern Pacific during World War II.

Upon concluding his military service, Don enrolled in Brown University. Having never picked up a football before, Don tried out for the football team. Neither Don nor his family would have predicted that picking up a football that day would lead to nine seasons in the National Football League (NFL) and an induction into the Cleveland Browns Ring of Honor.

While in the NFL, Don played defensive tackle for the Baltimore Colts, New York Yanks, Dallas Texans, and five years with his cherished Cleveland Browns. A 3-time Pro-Bowler, Don's football days came to an end in 1958, but his love of the game and the Browns lived on.

During his time with the Browns, football legend Lou Groza and his wife Jackie arranged a blind date for Don that would lead him to the love of his life, Prudence Henderson. After 64 years of marriage, Prudence was by Don's side when he passed, along with other family members.

Don's gregarious personality, abundance of stories, poetry, and his love of food and beer will be missed by all who knew and loved him. He was a prince among men whose kind, patient ways will be forever remembered.

Don's family is grateful for the tremendous care he received from his doctors and caretakers, including Dr. Simonie and Hospice of the Valley.

Services will be held by the family and will be private. To honor Don's memory, donations can be made to Canine Companions for Independence at 124 Rancho Del Oro Drive, Oceanside, CA 92057.






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Published in The Arizona Republic on Jun. 26, 2019.
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January 11, 2020
Having a conversation with someone today and telling them in my lifetime I have met 2 football players...Don Colo being one of them prompted me to look up his stats and I came across his obit. Many years ago (probably 50 or so) my Dad worked for Cleveland Freight Lines and Mr. Colo was in the office on a day I went to work with my dad (Bill Oriti). Don't remember whether he worked there or was visiting but I do remember him being kind and attentive to this star struck little girl :) Anyway I have never forgot our meeting. My condolences to the family ~Joyce Oriti Anderson
Joyce Anderson
June 26, 2019
May the fondest memories of your loved one bring you joy and may prayers to the God of comfort strengthen you 2 Kings 20:5.

EJ
June 26, 2019
Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your dear father. May your fond memories and the peace that God gives comfort and strengthen you during this difficult time. Phillipians 4:6,7,13
TB
June 26, 2019
My condolences to the family of Donald. He clearly loved life and brought joy to those near him. May you be comfort by the assurance that God has a book of remembrance .
Malachi 3:16
June 26, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. May fond memories and the love of family and friends comfort you during this difficult time . Jeremiah 29:11.
Kj
June 25, 2019
May the God of all comfort and a promise hope, be with the family and friends at this very difficult and sad time. Psalm 90:10
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