Valeri DeCastris and Dave Beccue
posted on 9/19/17
We just learned this, searching around the web for something else. So sad to hear! What a true Saluki and SIU booster. He was always so much fun at Homecoming and the Illinois State Fair. What a SIU booster! He will be missed. Condolences to his family.
Dee and Bill Walquist
posted on 11/23/16
I was a great experience to know 'Big Dawg" Many fond memories in the dog show world of him . fro m pictures, helping at thr ring, a wonderful clap when you won. One of my funniest memories is his $1.00 to the lasies with jeans that had holes in them so they could afford ones that did not have holes. Iwill never forget his expression when I turned over the lovely broef case to him when he was elected treasurer.. He carried it to all meetings and functions. I hope his successor gives the brief case the love it has had for the last 10 years... Have a beer with a lemon on the rim for the "Big Dawg".. He wlll be missed by many his legacies and humor will live on.
posted on 11/21/16
My deepest condolences to the family, may you find comfort in the memories and in our loving creator Jehovah God's promise found in the Bible at Isaiah 26:19.
posted on 11/21/16
Don and my husband, C.E. Welch, were great Saluki fans. They were good friends, too....laughed a lot when together and enjoyed reminiscing. Don was a personable guy who always had a big smile!
posted on 11/19/16
Don was a gentleman and a true saluki as one can get. He was always positive and whenever we met at alumni events always was smiling and having a great time. He will truely be missed at Saluki events with his smile and positive attitude.?
posted on 11/18/16
Don was the most passionate Saluki supporter I ever met. He was a big man in stature, in deed and was a kind wonderful passion. I remember Don making sure my 8 year old granddaughter had the Saluki dog paws displayed on her face prior to a big game. Don was a Saluki fan hall of famer and a human being hall of famer.
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