Donald William Malone

Donald William “Don” Malone knew (just like Yogi Berra) that love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too. Born January 27, 1929 to William and Vera Malone, he surrounded himself with hard work, baseball, and basketball from the start. Don was fiercely competitive, always pushing himself mentally and physically to shine brighter, play better. He used that drive to serve his country in the United States Air Force for 24 years, retiring as a Senior Master Sergeant. While serving in the Air Force, he played and coached a variety of sports in Washington, New Mexico, Germany, and Michigan. While working for Northrop in Saudi Arabia, he helped form a youth baseball league and coached the Saudi team in the European Little League World Series. A fiery competitor, Don was tossed out of many games over the years (as player, coach, and parent). He continued to play softball into the late 80s, still sliding into bases and hustling out infield singles. Don loved being around people, out in the woods as a hunter, and fishing the waters of Puget Sound and the Pacific Coast. He enjoyed cooking Chinese food for his family, cheering on his beloved Chicago Cubbies, and had a fondness for his feline companions. On October 16, 2020 Don called his game of life on account of rain. He leaves behind his wonderful wife Bernice; sons Michael, David and Steven; niece and daughter of his heart Robin; grandchildren Jennifer, Lindsay, Jeff and Meagan; great-grandchildren Kiera and Sienna; brother William; twin sister Donna; sister Sherry; and every friend or player who ever loved the game (and life) a little more because of him. Remembrances for Don can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.