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Sidney 'Sid' Semon

It can be said of Sidney 'Sid' Semon, a man who loved his family, sports, teaching, and the USC Trojans, that he didn't waste a single minute.

Born October 26, 1935 to Hermal and Louis Semon in Pasadena, CA, Sid passed away on the morning of July 15 with the woman he loved most in the world standing by his side, his wife of 54 years, Dauna. He is preceded in death by his son Steve Semon, of whom he was extremely proud. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his passionate and beautiful daughter Sheri (Lietzow), son-in law Robert, his twin grandsons Derick and Steven, who were his pride and joy, a wonderful extended family including the Freeman's and Larsen's, as well as scores of friends and former students who will remember him fondly and miss him so.

A transplant to Hollywood in the 1940's, Sid attended Hollywood High where he fell in love with sports of all kinds. If you could throw it, catch it, or hit it, then he wanted to be a part of it. And he was good, too. He attended USC and played on the Trojan baseball team his entire college career following which he signed with the New York Giants organization in 1957 and played in the Basin League. He returned to USC in 1958 for his teaching credential and was an assistant baseball coach of the 1958 USC National Championship team.

Sid spent his entire 35-year career as teacher and coach at Hawthorne High where he taught Science and coached baseball, golf and football. Among the thousands of students he was proud to teach, he managed to coach a few of the Beach Boys and teach a Cy Young Winner the proper way to throw a ball. He loved his job because he believed in the potential of each and every student who walked onto his field or sat in his classroom.

In 1962, Sid started officiating high school football games and quickly rose through the ranks and joined the PAC-8 (now PAC-12) Conference in 1972 and the NFL as Head Linesman #109 in 1978. During his 22- year on-field officiating career with the NFL, Sid was assigned two Super Bowls. In 2000, Sid became a Position Trainer in the NFL, working until his death.

In 1960 Sid married the love of his life, Dauna Hochstetter. In fact, for their first date Sid took Dauna to watch him coach a Hawthorne High football game. Surprisingly, it worked, and Dauna was smitten. Sid and Dauna had the type of love affair we all hope for and although pages and pages could be written, their life together is best summed up in a touch. They held each other for fifty years. Sid was happiest in the world when his arm was around Dauna's shoulders, his hand in her hand and her lips on his cheek.

If you asked Sid to describe his perfect day it would probably have involved a round of golf, tossing a ball with his grandkids, a USC tailgate and football game, lunch with his daughter, a goodnight kiss from Dauna, and some good old fashioned Dixieland jazz.

He loved it all and will be missed by many.

A celebration of Sid's life will be held on Tuesday, July 22nd from 3pm to 6pm in Associates Park on the University of Southern California campus. Please enter USC at Figueroa & McCarthy Way; parking in Structure X. For more details, please visit: the Facebook page, Sid Semon Celebration of Life.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that those who wish to remember Sid do so with donations to the Steven F. Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o 2734 W. 230th Street, Torrance, CA 90505. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze from July 19 to July 21, 2014
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