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Don M. Stine

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

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CAMBRIDGE -- Don M. Stine, 77, of Cambridge died at Cambridge Memorial Hospital on Feb. 10, 2008.

He was born in Denver, Colo., to Herman and Eula (Stevens) Stine. Don graduated from North High School Class of 1948, in Denver. Don was the Colorado State Track Champion in the mile run. Don continued his college education on a track scholarship to University of Wyoming. He attained a Bachelor of Science in Education and Biology.

Don's education was interrupted by his service in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1953. He received and was trained as a radio operator on board the ship USS Chauncey. Don returned to Wyoming and received his Masters Degree in Education. He later, over the years, attended the Kearney State College getting his Specialty Degree.

Don's first teaching position was at Bayard High School as a Biology teacher and assistant football coach. He taught there from 1954 to 1962. Don moved to Cambridge in 1962, as a Biology teacher and assistant football and head track coach.

While employed for over 30 years, he served in many positions in the educational field. He was principle, guidance counselor and coached many junior high sports.

Don had several State Track championship teams. He gave his athletes quotes from prominent speakers to motivate them in their performances. He was a positive influence on his students and athletes. He was a keeper of statistics for many of the Cambridge athletic teams, gleaning many scorebooks for all important and trivial stats. Don retired from Cambridge Schools in 1992.

Don was united in marriage to Gwen Scherard in Englewood, Colo., on June 13, 1954.

Don was a member of the Cambridge Trinity United Methodist Church. Other interest and hobbies were collecting, stamps, eagles, coins and especially matchbox toy cars.

He enjoyed traveling to his grandkids' events. He loved to be with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Don leaves to mourn his wife, Gwen of Cambridge; three daughters, Deb and husband, Phil Young of Cambridge, Sheryl Sides of Cody Wyo., and Renee and husband, Brad Holtze of Cambridge; three sons, Gary and wife, Sarilyn Stine of Valley Center, Calif., Bob of San Diego, Calif., and Brian of Lincoln; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many friends.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, 2 p.m., at Trinity United Methodist Church in Cambridge with Pastor David Rowe officiating. Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery in Cambridge.

The casket will not be opened at the church. Friends may call until 9 p.m., today and 8 a.m., until noon on Wednesday at the Lockenour Mortuary in Cambridge.

Taps, folding and presentation of the U.S. flag will be done by the Cambridge American Legion Post.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked the donations be made to Trinity United Methodist Church or the Butler Memorial Library in Cambridge and may be left at the Lockenour-Jones Mortuary.

Lockenour-Jones Mortuary is in charge of arrangements