Donald Eugene Hoover of Hayward, California, passed away on Sept. 28, 2017, at home after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. He was 88 years old.

Donald was born on Dec. 5, 1928, in Ottawa, Kansas, to his parents, Harold and Ruby Hoover.

Donald spent his formative years growing up in Ottawa. He was passionate about football and lettered in this sport at Ottawa High School. He also excelled in both basketball and track.

After graduating from high school in 1946, Donald joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served for two years in Southern California. Upon his discharge, he enrolled in Ottawa University and played as a running back on the school’s football team. He graduated in 1952, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education.

His first teaching position was in Corcoran, California. Donald later was offered a physical education job in San Mateo, California. He remained with the San Mateo school district for 36 years until his retirement in 1989.

Donald met the love of this life, Bonnie Rae, in San Mateo in 1959. They moved to Hayward, California, in 1965 where they raised their two children.

He enjoyed watching football especially his favorite team, the Kansas City Chiefs. He also was a fan of college football and basketball. He enjoyed traveling and discovering new places, people and food. Donald had a lifelong interest in going to flea markets and estate sales.

What he loved most of all was his family. He will be greatly missed by them as well as everyone else who knew him.

Don is survived by his devoted wife, Bonnie, his son Scott Hoover, his daughter Sandra Hoover and son-in-law Saul Bromberger. His son, Michael Faulkin, from a previous marriage, preceded him in death. He is also survived by his two beloved grandsons, Bryce and Micah Bromberger and granddaughter, Heather Faulkin Braun and her children. Donald is also survived by many relatives who live in Kansas including his sister, Orpha, age 90. He was also preceded in death by five other siblings, Harold, Jr. Hoover, Oneita Hornbuckle, Barbara Oyer, Lynn Hoover and Carol Paul.

Donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.