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Donald J. 'Doc' McKillip

Thursday, February 28, 2008

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Sept. 6, 1924 - Feb. 22, 2008

MORAGA, Calif. -- Don McKillip, former Athletic Director of St. Mary's College in Moraga, Calif., died in Concord surrounded by his family.

Doc, as he was affectionately known, was a devoted family man, a caring collegiate administrator and a mentor to many athletes and students.

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Born in Denver, Colo., to Norbert and Anna McKillip, he was raised in McCook. He served his country in World War II in the Army Air Corp with the Eighth Air Force in Britain and the European theater.

He later married his wife of 61 years, Eunice and began his family and coaching career. Coaching stints included Red Willow High School from 1953-1958, and McCook Junior College from 1959 to 1962.

Don coached many sports in his career and was honored as the Rocky Mountain Coach of the Year in 1967 and 1969 for High School football. He eventually came to St. Mary's College serving as Athletic Director from 1970 to 1992 and continued teaching after relinquishing those duties.

A true professional, Don was instrumental in expanding and diversifying the athletic program into what it is today.

Don and his wife were formative in creating the summer Athletic Camps that are so popular today. He was also active in multiple service organizations including the Moraga Rotary Club where he was president for two years, the Elks Club and the Knights of Columbus.

Above all he loved his family and cherished the family events that bonded them all together.

In his younger days, he loved fishing, all kinds of cars, golf, and travel. He was also an avid pheasant hunter.

Don leaves behind his beloved wife Eunice; children, Don D. McKillip (Sue), Sandra Kay McKillip and Michael P. McKillip (Chris); grandchildren, Jason, Shannon, Kyle, Kelly, Aimee, Luke, Audra, Monica and Claire; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Marion Farrell of McCook; and brother, Leo McKillip of Omaha.

His sister, Dreda M. Hommeland predeceased him in 1998.

Visitation is today until 9 p.m., with a vigil service beginning at 7 p.m., at Hull's Walnut Creek Chapel 1139 Saranap Ave., at Walnut Creek in California.

A Mass celebrating his life will be said on Friday, 10 a.m., at St. Anne Catholic Church 1600 Rossmoor Parkway, Walnut Creek.

Memorial gifts to your favorite charity in Don's name are appreciated.

Hull's Walnut Creek Chapel is in charge of arrangements.