Don Weisel, 1997 inductee to the "Wall of Fame" in the Koplitz Fieldhouse, was born July 16, 1932 in Lusk, Wyoming, Don's family moved to Midvale, Idaho when he was four years old, to Bremerton, WA when he was eight, and finally to Hoquiam, WA in 1947.
While at Hoquiam High School, Don was a three year letterman in football and CO-captain of the team; a two year letterman in track; a member of the Student Council; Vice-president of the Senior Class; and was crowned King of the Junior/Senior Prom. Don attended Grays Harbor Community College where he lettered in football and track for both of his two year attended. Don was also a member of the Grays Harbor College Student Council.
In 1953, he enlisted in the United States Army. Thereafter, Don attended Western Washington College for two years, and graduated in 1957 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. He married Darleen McMillan in 1957 and began his first teaching job at South Bend School District #118 that same year.
During Mr. Weisel's tenure at S.B.H.S., He taught World History, United States History, and Contemporary World Problems. With respect to athletics, Don coached football for twenty years, basketball for fourteen years, wrestling for fifteen years, track for thirty years, and cross country for twenty-five years.
Don was Chairman of the Southwest Washington Track Committee for eight years, Regional Representative for wrestling for three years, and a Wrestling Official for thirty-one years. He has been an active volunteer for various activities during the Labor Day Festivities for thirty years, was Grand Marshall of the South Bend Labor Day Parade in 1987, and has administrated the Dona Wetterauer Memorial Road Run for the past twenty years. Don retired from his teaching career at South Bend in 1987 after thirty years working for the District. He is still an ongoing volunteer for many activities in our community. He and his wife Darlene are proud of their three daughters; Paula, Aimee, and Susie, as well as their grandchildren Nicholas and Olivia.