Donald Eugene Fuoss (February 19, 1923-June 25, 2014) was born in Altoona, PA and lived in the Sacramento, CA area since his acceptance of the position as athletics director and professor of physical education at California State University, Sacramento in 1971. He lived in memory care facilities since 2007.
He is preceded in death by his wife of almost sixty years, Frances (Arthur) Fuoss. He is survived by his daughter, Donna Montich, wife of James of Pennsburg, PA; his grandchildren Brett Montich, husband of Donna Butler, and Kyle Zimmerman, wife of Patrick; great grandchildren: Samuel, Anja, and Rebecca Montich, and Tripp Zimmerman; and sister, Dorothy Yocum of FL.
Don attended, then graduated from Catawba College from 1940-1942 and 1946-1947; he interrupted his education to serve in the US Army in the European Theatre under General MacArthur during World War II. While on furlough, he and Frances were married July 5, 1945 in Salisbury, NC. After graduation Don turned down a playing offer from the Detroit Lions in order to pursue graduate school at Columbia University. In 1952, Don earned his doctorate in education from Columbia.
Over the next fifty years, Don was a teacher, professor, coach, and athletics director at the high school, college, and university level, as well as a nationally known author, lecturer, and educator on athletics, education, finance, business, and gardening. His journey included coaching the 1955 Shepherd College football team to its first undefeated, untied season, coaching the East Orange High School football team to its first state championship in 100 years, and being an assistant coach on Purdue's 1967 victorious Rose Bowl football team. In 1987, Don became a life member (35+ years) of the American Football Coaches Association. Don was a life mason and Shriner.
Don was cremated; his ashes and those of his wife will be comingled and interred in St. Paul's Lutheran Church Cemetery in Red Hill, PA.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor Don may contribute to the Donald E. and Frances E. Fuoss Endowed Scholarship at Catawba College, 2300 W Innes St, Salisbury, NC 28144, which is a scholarship awarded to a financially needy student from North Rowan High School. Both Don and Fran began their teaching careers there.
Falk Funeral Homes & Crematory, Pennsburg are in charge of arrangements. To offer online condolences, visit his "Book of Memories" at falkfuneralhomes.com.