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Don Fischer Obituary
Don Fischer, 84, a visionary and entrepreneur who made real the American Dream, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 11, 2011, with his loving family by his side.
Fischer, born in Minneapolis, was a star athlete who played baseball and football for Robinsdale High School. After serving his country in the U.S. Navy, he found his true calling in residential and commercial real estate sales and development. Fischer not only built and sold custom homes and apartment buildings, he also developed the Brownwood and Dawn Acres subdivisions in the Robinsdale area. Through those years, Fischer owned F & R Realty, and eventually co-owned and served as vice president of National Funds Inc. and Oakridge Holdings in Minneapolis.
In 1970, Don packed up his family and made the move to California where he and his new partners established Medalist Corporation, a development company that purchased the bankrupted Valle Verde subdivision, and adjacent acreage on Old Coach Road in Poway, California. Don had an affinity for the growing city of Poway and an incredible vision for transforming Valle Verde into a new community that would provide homes and recreation to hundreds of families moving to the area. Within two years, his vision became a reality and Valle Verde was reborn as StoneRidge Country Club, a private club and eighteen-hole championship golf course surrounded by over 300 homes and condominiums. StoneRidge quickly became a successful community fixture and the course gained National recognition when Don arranged for the prestigious LPGA Golf Tournament, a televised event, to be held at StoneRidge from 1989 – 1992. Fischer eventually sold StoneRidge to Japanese investors, but remained as CEO, general manager and consultant to the club until 1999. Don's philanthropic nature led him to sponsor the Poway Little League, Pop Warner, and Poway High School Speech Team for many years, and he also served proudly on the board of The Children's Hospital of San Diego, hosting numerous events to raise money for the charity.
After retiring, Don and his wife, Nancy, re-located to their second home in Palm Desert. Don loved the beauty of the desert, and there he made wonderful friends and filled his days playing golf and spending time with his family. He made many trips back to Minnesota over the years, where he loved to fish and hunt, and spend time with his brothers, their families, and old friends. Don and Nancy loved to travel and felt fortunate to experience the world together on their many trips to Europe and travels to Mexico, Alaska and Japan. Anyone who knew and loved Don will always remember him for his generosity of spirit, his positive "can do" attitude, his love for fun and adventure, and his quick smile and big heart. Don was an amazing man, and he will be greatly missed.
Don is survived by his loving wife, Nancy, of 57 years; children, Dawn Fischer and David Fischer; daughter-in-law, Lisa Fischer; grandchildren, Austin, Jackson and Alex Fischer; and brothers, John and George Fischer of Minneapolis.
There will be a private Celebration of Life gathering for immediate family and friends.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Don's name to Rady's Children's Hospital San Diego or The .
Published in the Pomerado News on Mar. 3, 2011
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