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Donald Provance

Springfield - Long-time Glendale High School baseball coach Don Provance passed away June 13, 2018 just a few weeks shy of his 90th birthday. After a long, full life, Don succumbed to a sudden illness at Cox South while surrounded by all of his loving family.

Don was born in Joplin, MO to Archie Louis Provance and Clara Mitts Provance on July 7, 1928. He grew up in Aurora, MO with his two older brothers, Ray and Roy Provance, and their adopted brother Bill Maynard. Don was an avid sportsman and renowned local athlete and coach whose sense of humor was as famous as his athleticism. From 1946-1949 Don played football at SMS, where he was an MIAA all-conference first selection in 1948. After college, Don served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. After his time in the service, Don taught at Lockwood for a few years where he met the love of his life Patti (Hunter) Provance, whom he married shortly thereafter. In 1958, they moved to Springfield after Don took a teaching and coaching job at Parkview High School, where he taught for 5 years. In 1963, Don moved to the newly opened Glendale High School where he taught drivers education and became an assistant football coach and started his epic journey as head baseball coach. During his 29 years at Glendale, Don's baseball teams won a total of 8 Ozark Conference Titles, 12 District Titles, made it to the Missouri State Quarter Finals four times, and won the State Championship twice, in 1976 and 1978.

On May 27, 1956, Don was married to his wife Patti - this past May they celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary! Together, Don and Patti had six boys: Don Jr., David, Doug, Dwight, Dan, Dennis.

Don was proceeded in death by his mother, father, three brothers, and his son Dwight. Don is survived by his wife Patti, son Don Jr. and wife Susan, son David and wife Jen, son Doug and wife Mary, son Dan and wife Mary Beth, son Dennis, 8 grandchildren, 4 step-granddaughters, numerous great-grandchildren, and his nieces Christy Warren and Cathy Wingo.

Visitation will be held Sunday, June 17, 2018 at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home at 1947 East Seminole from 4-6:00 p.m. with a Rosary to follow at 6:00. The funeral mass will be at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Monday, June 18, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be at Maple Park Cemetery in Springfield. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Donald L. Provance Scholarship Fund at MSU for Glendale High School Baseball, attn: Brent Dunn.

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Published in News-Leader from Jun. 16 to Jun. 17, 2018.
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June 19, 2018
I was honored to play baseball for Coach my sophomore year at Parkview. I was a pitcher, very slow runner and not a hitter. The first game Coach started me in 1962 I hit a double and triple. When I arrived at 3rd base after hitting the triple, Coach only said "I thought you would never get here". What a great man with a wonderful sense of humor. Rest in Peace Coach.
Tom Allen
June 19, 2018
Tom Allen
June 18, 2018
What a joy it has been for me to know Don, his wife, and his family. I have worked with some of his family and have taught some of his grandchildren.

Don, thank you for blessing the lives of so many people! You and Miss Patti have been so kind and loving to me. I am so grateful to know you and your entire clan.

God loves you and so do I!

Dylan S. Clifton, Educator Emeritus
Glendale High School
Dylan S. Clifton
June 16, 2018
Patti, I was so sorry to read of Don's passing, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Louise (Phillips) Hubbell
June 15, 2018
"Have you ever been told to 'swing easy and just meet the ball'? Don't do that. Swing hard. When you hit the ball it will go farther." - Coach Don Provance, probably on many occasions to many people.

You had a positive influence on so many that will last forever! God bless!
Mark Wald
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