Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome has undergone a successful four-hour operation following a devastating crash and could be back racing in six months, his surgeon said Thursday.Froome was airlifted to hospital in Saint-Etienne for emergency surgery after slamming into a wall at high speed during practice on Wednesday ahead of the fourth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine race in central France.The force of the impact fractured his pelvis, right femur, and left him with broken ribs and a broken right elbow.“The operation was long, almost four hours, but it went very, very well,” said Remi Philippot, chief surgeon for sports trauma at Saint-Etienne hospital.Team Ineos’ doctor Richard Usher echoed Philippot’s comments through a statement issued by the outfit owned by British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe.“First things first, the surgery was a success. The operation went very well,” he said.“Chris will remain in hospital for the next few days for observation, but he is already actively engaging in discussing his rehabilitation options, which is very encouraging,” Usher added.Froome received further positive news as he stands to be handed the 2011 Vuelta a Espana title after original winner Juan Cobo was found guilty of an anti-doping rule violation and could be stripped of victory, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said.Philippot said the good news was the high-impact crash had caused no neurological or head trauma and he expected Froome would be back in the saddle in six months.“The impact was at around 50 km/h, with very little body protection, causing a high-energy impact,” said Philippot, who spoke to Froome Thursday morning for one hour.“Chris Froome has the morale of a winner and is very rapidly bouncing back.“He started asking immediately when he could get back on his bike. He should be back racing in about six months,” said Philippot.He personally operated on the compound fracture to the femur while Giorgio Gesta, an orthopaedic surgeon and former Italian hockey international, worked on fractures to the right elbow.Philippot said the 34-year-old Briton would remain in intensive care for 48 hours before being authorised to move to a unit specialising in rehabilitation.Froome’s Ineos team principal Dave Brailsford said his star rider had the mental force needed in the battle for recovery that lay ahead.“One of the things which sets Chris apart is his mental strength and resilience – and we will support him totally in his recovery, help him to recalibrate and assist him in pursuing his future goals and ambitions.”The team will nevertheless be without their key rider for the Tour de France next month after the horror crash which happened on a downhill stretch of road in the Loire region.Froome was riding with Dutch teammate Wout Poels when he lost control of his bike and slammed into the wall of a house at full speed.“We have had a look at his data, he went from 54km/h to a dead stop,” Brailsford said.The accident happened in the village of Saint-Andre d’Apchon. Froome had taken his hands off the handlebars in order to blow his nose “and the wind’s taken his front wheel and he’s hit a wall,” Brailsford added.Following treatment at the scene Froome was airlifted to intensive care at Saint-Etienne hospital.Froome’s wife Michelle Cound tweeted that she was on her way to join him there and asked fans to keep the rider “in your thoughts.”Brailsford said Froome had worked “incredibly hard to get in fantastic shape and had been on track for the Tour” which starts on July 6 from Brussels.The Criterium du Dauphine represents a full dress rehearsal and Froome was doing well, in eighth spot before the crash.Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme said Froome’s absence was a blow to the 2019 edition of cycling’s biggest stage race.“The Tour de France won’t be the same without him. Chris Froome has been the central character at the Tour since 2013,” he said.Froome had started the year in low-key form. He trailed in 91st in the Tour of Colombia, 94th at the Tour of Catalonia, 11th in the Tour of the Alps and 13th at the Tour de Yorkshire.The Kenyan-born Froome, who at his best combines top level time-trialling skills with a fearsome prowess for climbing, first won the Tour in 2013 with Team Sky.He went on to win the Tour de France again in 2015, 2016 and 2017. He also won the 2017 Vuelta and the 2018 Giro d’Italia, making him the greatest Grand Tour rider of his generation.For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.
Joining Vegas with the preferred paths in the Stanley Cup chase were the Philadelphia Flyers, who got two first-period goals from Nicolas Aube-Kubel in beating Tampa Bay 4-1 to capture the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.Both winners completed an unbeaten run through seeding round play in the NHL COVID-19 quarantine bubbles, at Edmonton in the West and Toronto in the East, and became the teams to beat when the playoffs begin Tuesday.Tuch beat Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer high to the far right corner for his third goal in as many games with 16 seconds remaining in overtime to give Vegas the victory.“I was shooting short side all game so I thought I would change it up a little bit,” Tuch said.Colorado’s J.T. Compher equalized with 62 seconds remaining in regulation time to force the extra period, only to watch as Vegas advanced.The Golden Knights booked a best-of-seven opening series against the 12th-seeded Blackhawks, who have won the Cup in three of the past 10 seasons. They upset Edmonton in qualifying.“The Blackhawks have a lot of Stanley Cup experience, a lot of top players and a world-class goalkeeper in (Corey) Crawford,” Tuch said. “So we’ve got to put a lot of pucks on the net.”Colorado will face 11th seed Arizona, which ousted Nashville in qualifying.Philadelphia 21-year-old goaltender Carter Hart made 23 saves to send the Lightning to their first bubble loss.“We played really hard,” Hart said. “All the lines are rolling. All the D are rolling. We did a great job in there. We got in a lot of work. It’s showing right now.”The Flyers, who were fourth in the East when the season was shut down, will open the playoffs against 12th seed Montreal, a shock qualifying winner over Pittsburgh after the Canadiens had the worst record of the 24 bubble teams.Tampa Bay’s first-round opponent will be the winner of Sunday’s qualifying finale between Columbus and Toronto.Sunday’s other games will decide the third and fourth seeds, with Boston playing Washington in the East and Dallas facing defending champion St. Louis in the West.The Washington-Boston winner will meet the New York Islanders in the first round of the East playoffs while the loser gets Carolina in the opening round.In the West, the Dallas-St. Louis winner will open against Calgary while the loser meets Vancouver.
Stat that mattersMahomes is 8-1 as a starter at home with a 67.4 completion percentage, 8.65 yards per attempt rate and a 109.2 passer rating. He’s only 2-4 in night games, but has a 109.5 rating and 8.37 yards per attempt. There’s no expected weakness with Mahomes in this one with good matchups to exploit in the secondary.Colts vs. Chiefs predictionThe Cheifs are strong favorites, but that number is a little too big given the Colts will be very competitive and have limited issues moving the ball here by spreading it around quickly, running well and taking a few deep shots that work. Mahomes wins comfortably after Brissett keeps a close duel until the fourth quarter.Chiefs 34, Colts 24 Here’s everything to know about betting on Colts vs. Chiefs, including updated odds, trends and our prediction for “Sunday Night Football” (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC) in Week 5.MORE: Get the latest NFL odds at Sportsbook ReviewBetting odds for ‘Sunday Night Football’Spread: Chiefs by 11Point total: 56Moneyline: Colts -107, Chiefs -103Since the Chiefs rallied to beat the Lions on the road and the Raiders upset the Colts at home, the line has been at double digits. The Colts come in with a lot of injury concerns and the Chiefs get the extra prime-time home bump.Colts vs. Chiefs all-time seriesThe Colts lead here 16-10 but the Chiefs have won the last two meetings by scores of 30-14 and 31-13, with the latter coming in last season’s divisional playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium. Before then, also with Luck, Indianapolis won three consecutive games, including in the wild-card round after the 2013 season.Three trends to know— 53 percent of bettors like the Colts to make the game closer than 11 points. 55 percent like the game to go over the high total.— The Chiefs covered in their first three games and the total has gone over in three of their four games.— The Colts are both 2-2 straight up and 2-2 against the spread this season, splitting both their home and away games.Three things to watchMahomes to KelceWith the Colts gutted by injuries in the back middle of their defense, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce is set up for a big night. Linebacker Darius Leonard and starting safeties Malik Hooker and Clayton Geathers all will be not playing. Look for Mahomes to find his favorite intermediate target open often.Brissett to HiltonColts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (quad-questionable) is expected to return to action from an injury that caused him to miss Week 4 against the Raiders. In the playoffs, Hilton was targeted 11 times against the Chiefs, catching 4 passes for 60 yards and TD. In general, Kansas City has held him in check with Luck, save for 13-catch, 224-yard, 2-TD game in the previous playoff meeting. The deep ball from Brissett to Hilton also has been good this year and Indy needs to get that connection rolling to pull the upset.Reid vs. ReichChiefs coach Andy Reid was Doug Pederson’s mentor, while Colts coach Frank Reich has channeled his success under Pederson with the Eagles. They are both brilliant offensive minds. Reid will try to speed up the game with Mahomes, while Reich is smart to slow play it with a ball-control approach given the state of his defense. The Chiefs (4-0) are only one of two undefeated AFC teams left, joining the Patriots. The Colts (2-2) have been hard to figure out this season, with losses to the Chargers and Raiders sandwiching wins over the Titans and Falcons.Will the Colts go 0-3 against the AFC West to begin the season or get on the board in the division to help their playoff chances in an all-knotted-up AFC South? Patrick Mahomes vs. Andrew Luck was supposed to be the marquee QB matchup, but Mahomes and Jacoby Brissett — the only passer in the NFL with multiple TD passes in every game so far — can be just as compelling.
E-mail: email@example.com Last week I completed another tour of the Mountain West Conference cities with my seventh road trip over an eight-week period with one more visit to lovely Laramie, Wyo.During my sports writing career, I’ve been to Laramie more than 20 times along with Albuquerque, Las Vegas and Fort Collins. I’ve also been to San Diego and Colorado Springs at least 15 times and Fort Worth exactly four times. So as one of the premier experts on traveling the MWC basketball circuit, here’s my guide to the various Mountain West Conference locales, going from worst to best. LARAMIE — This place gets a lot of grief, and deservedly so.Until recently the town had no good hotels, so for the past decade, I’ve chosen not to stay in Laramie, instead staying in Fort Collins and making the 75-minute drive up to Laramie and back. That limits my total time in Laramie to about three hours every winter.Although it was a balmy 50 degrees and sunny last week, usually it’s windy, cold and snowy in Laramie this time of year. I’ve had my share of white-knuckle drives through the passes to get to ball games. The Arena-Auditorium is one of the nicer arenas in the MWC, almost identical to the Huntsman Center except for the brown and yellow seats. But these days it’s rarely more than a third full … kind of like the Huntsman Center. COLORADO SPRINGS — This is a beautiful place in August, but unfortunately, the basketball games are played in January or February. The fact that it’s 6,000 feet above sea level, means it’s usually cold and snowy this time of year.You can fly into Colorado Springs, but it’s still a half hour up to the Air Force Academy and more expensive than flying to Denver, which is an hour from AFA. Clune Arena used to be deserted, but these days it’s a rockin’ joint with 6,000 loud fans, including the obnoxious cadets, who sit right behind the basket, near the visitors bench. FORT WORTH — To get here, you fly into Dallas and it’s about a 40-minute drive over to Fort Worth. The hotel I stay at is within two miles of the campus with a river right out front.Although it can get cold, Texas is generally a nice place to be in January or February. The Daniel-Meyer Coliseum is fairly new and nice, but you can almost count the number of spectators present at most games by yourself. Fort Worth has actually been a nice surprise and may move up my list as I go there more often. FORT COLLINS — Thanks to the tollway that was built a few years ago, about 20 minutes has been taken off the drive from the Denver Airport and now you can get there in less than an hour now.For some reason, I’ve always enjoyed Fort Collins, which is a pleasant, clean college town. Moby Arena, named because it looks like a whale, reminds me of a large high school gym and is usually about half full. ALBUQUERQUE — The Pit is well-known in college basketball circles, but it truly lives up to its name — it’s a pit. It’s large, but most of the seats are bench seats and the arena isn’t kept up nearly as well as the ones around here. Although attendance has dwindled, UNM fans may be the most loyal in the league. The campus is convenient to the airport and the weather is usually nicer than Utah’s, and on the whole, I usually enjoy my visits to New Mexico. LAS VEGAS — If you’re a party guy, this is the place to go. Since I’m not a party guy, it doesn’t top my MWC list, but with there are enough positives that make it one of the better trips every yearThe accessibility is excellent with the Thomas and Mack Center less than two miles from the airport with plenty of hotels and the Strip less than five minutes from the T&M. It’s usually sunny and fairly warm in the winter and you can play golf if you have the time … and money. SAN DIEGO — Because it’s always 65 degrees and sunny here, this is THE welcome road trip during those awful inversions that hit Salt Lake every winter. There’s plenty to do in your off time, and unlike L.A., everything is easy to get to.San Diego State University is about 20 minutes from downtown and not far from Hotel Row, where there are dozens of places to stay. The Cox Arena at Aztec Bowl, which was actually built where the old football field was, is a nice new facility. San Diego will undoubtedly remain the highlight of the MWC travel season for me — at least until the day the league decides to add Hawaii as a member.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org A couple of weeks ago, the vice president of a major golf company watched in awe as 17-year-old Tony Finau hit a drive some 420 yards on the 498-yard 18th hole at Glenwild Golf Club. After witnessing the incredible feat, along with Finau’s tidy little 31 on the back nine, the executive nearly signed Finau right on the spot to an endorsement contract.The same week, Michael Jordan, yes, the Michael Jordan, played a round with Tony and his younger brother, Gipper, 16, at Glenwild and was so impressed with the pair, he wanted to take their portfolio back with him the following week to show Nike executives.Earlier in June, Lee Trevino and Jim Colbert, former Champions Tour stars who worked as commentators for the Ultimate Game in Las Vegas last month, were both wowed by Tony’s play, prompting Trevino to say he’d work to find sponsor’s exemptions for the Finaus on the two major tours this summer.These are heady times for Tony, who isn’t defending his Utah State Amateur crown this week, as well as Gipper, who could have been his top challenger at Thanksgiving Point Golf Course.Instead of playing the State Am, the boys are finishing up a four-week “boot camp” as they prepare to embark on careers as professional golfers. The two brothers from Rose Park gave up their amateur status in late May, initially so they could chase a $2 million first prize at the Las Vegas tournament. Tony made the 12-man finals and pocketed $100,000, which covered the entry fees for the pair.Tony and Gipper made the controversial decision to turn professional and not wait until after college, when they are in their 20s. It means neither can play collegiate golf — Gipper will also forgo his senior year of high school — and both will have to try to earn a living playing golf.The boys, their agent Dieter Esch, and their parents, Gary and Ravena, are absolutely convinced that the two are headed for the PGA Tour and that it’s just a matter of time before they get there. They feel the boys will be better off getting daily experience on the golf course than combining their golf with college life.”We felt like we were ready, so why not start young?” says Tony.Gipper calls it “perfect timing” to turn pro now.Their father, Gary, while acknowledging it’s a “50-50” proposition, says, “If you have the talent young enough, you can start early” as a professional.Others are skeptical and wonder if they’ve made a bad decision that will come back to haunt them.”It’s a long-range bad thing,” says Scott Whitaker, the executive director of the Utah Section PGA. “They need that college experience. I’ve always felt like whether it’s Tony Finau or anyone else that they need the competitive atmosphere of the next level. You don’t go straight to the top. Even Tiger Woods’ father was smart enough to know he needed college golf.””(Tony) is 17 years old and has a big mountain to climb,” says BYU coach Bruce Brockbank, whoreceived a commitment from Tony in January to play for BYU. “He’s a great kid and he can do it, but history shows otherwise.”The Finaus aren’t going into this risky venture blindly. They know the stories about Ty Tryon, who turned pro at 16 and qualified for the PGA Tour but seven years later is struggling to make cuts on a minor golf tour. They’ve seen the decline of Michelle Wie, whose surefire playing career is suddenly in doubt at age 18.Esch, the owner of the Wilhelmina Artist Management company whose clients have included Jessica and Ashlee Simpson, Fergie, Brandy and Denise Richards, as well as PGA Tour golfer Matt Kuchar, lives in Park City and heard about the Finaus about a year ago.When the Finaus decided to turn professional, Esch was happy to sign them up as clients. He and his company, along with Molonai Hola, a relative of the Finaus who works as their business manager, put up the $100,000 for the Las Vegas tournament and are helping finance the boys’ professional career.”We have a solid financial package with the family,” Esch says.Esch prefers not to say which major companies are looking closely at the Finaus, but it’s not hard to guess. Esch is very confident that the two boys will sign a substantial endorsement contract before the summer is over.”They’ll earn more from endorsements initially than from earnings,” Esch says.In the meantime, the Finau boys will attempt to play in some Nationwide and PGA Tour events. The plan is to try to qualify for the PGA Tour’s U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee on July 16 and the Cox Classic Nationwide Tour event in Omaha on July 23. Depending on what happens, the pair may also try several Nationwide events in August before the Tour lands in Utah for the EnergySolutions Championship, Sept. 3-9.Gipper already has an exemption for the tournament at Willow Creek Country Club, and tournament director Evan Byers said there’s a possibility Tony could get one of the other sponsor’s exemptions. If not, he’d have a good chance to earn one of the 14 spots in the qualifying tournament.Trevino is supposedly trying to use his connections to find some sponsor’s exemptions for the boys in PGA or Nationwide tour events this summer, although that’s never easy.Whitaker said the Finaus could play in some local professional tournaments such as the Utah Open, but he believes their sights are set higher.In the fall, the Finaus are planning to try to qualify for the PGA Tour by going through the three qualifying stages.So are the Finaus misguided, thinking they can jump onto the PGA Tour as teenagers? Some think so.”I don’t care how good you are, you don’t jump out onto the Tour,” says Whitaker.An administrator with close ties to the PGA Tour, who preferred not to be identified, added, “They’ve got a long ways to go. It’s a different game there.”However, Esch compares the Finaus to NBA stars who make the jump at a similar age. “Who’s going to question whether LeBron James made the wrong decision?” he asks.Tony points to two golfers he beat as a junior and became friends with through the Junior Ryder Cup matches — Oliver Fisher of England and Rory McIlroy of Ireland. Both turned pro at age 18 and are already making a living on the European Tour. Fisher has earned $187,000 on the European Tour and won’t turn 19 until September.Just last weekend, Jason Day, a 19-year-old from Australia, won the Nationwide Tour event in Ohio.Then there’s Jamie Lovemark, another 19-year-old, who finished second at a Nationwide Tour event in Minnesota last month and made the cut at the AT&T tournament last week. He won the NCAA tournament last month as a freshman, and if enough money is thrown at him, could turn professional before the summer is over.Young is in.”If you have the talent early on, it’s all about experience,” Gary says.Even Brockbank acknowledges it’s hard to argue that point, but he still believes some college experience is necessary.”Having a chance to mature and grow up at college is something every kid needs, but that’s a college golf coach talking,” he says. “To go from junior golf to professional golf can be done. But it takes a unique individual and I hope Tony’s that kid.”The professionals who played with Tony in Las Vegas were very impressed with his game but also say he and his brother won’t have an easy path.”Making the PGA Tour is the hardest thing you can imagine,” says Kevin Streelman, a 28-year-old Hooters Tour regular who played with Tony on the second day in Las Vegas. “When I graduated from high school, I thought I knew how to play collegiately. I had no idea. When I graduated from college, I thought I knew how to play professionally. I had no idea. It’s a long, long struggle.”Two of Tony’s other playing partners were complimentary of his talents but also cautious about his future.”He’s got a lot of raw talent,” says Randy Leen, a former Walker Cup player. “In a couple of years when he figures out how to hit different shots, he’ll be really good. Right now he’s pretty much full go.”Adds Nate Whitson, who played with Tony in the first round, “He hits it harder and farther than anyone I’ve ever played with. I told him, ‘Go hit a thousand wedges a day and you’ll make a lot of money.’ He’s a great kid.”If you ask the Finaus about their goals, they’ll say things like “be the best player in the world” and “win more majors than anyone.” Their ultimate dream is to be playing in the final twosome at the Masters with Tiger Woods and Ernie Els in the group in front of them.They’re dreaming big, but as Streelman said, it could be a long struggle.”Over the next six months they’ll be adjusting,” says Esch. “They’ll shoot some low numbers and they’ll shoot some high numbers.”But he is convinced that the Finaus will make it professionally.”We believe for sure and they believe for sure that the next two years are going to prove that they made the right decision,” he says.Whitaker hopes they do but has his doubts. “They’re good kids. If it works, it could be a fantastic thing,” he says. “I certainly want them to succeed. But I hope they haven’t made a major mistake.”
Utah resident Mike Weir finds himself squarely in the middle of the pack after shooting a 1-over-par 73 in the first round of Thursday’s Masters at Augusta, Ga.Weir, the 2003 Masters champion, stands in a tie for 34th place with 10 others going into today’s second round. The low 44 players plus ties will make the cut as well as any player within 10 strokes of the lead.Weir put himself in the red numbers with a birdie at No. 3, only to give it back with a bogey at the par-3 No. 4 hole. He added another birdie at No. 9 to make the turn at 1-under 35.On the back nine, Weir found trouble at the par-3 No. 12 hole by making a double bogey to go over par but pulled back to even with a birdie at No. 13. He went over par for the day with a bogey-5 at No. 17 to finish with his 73.In Wednesday’ par-3 contest, Weir was thrilled that his two daughters, Elle, 8, and Lili, 6, were able to help caddy for him.For today’s second round, Weir will tee off in the third-to-last group at 11:41 a.m. MDT with Padraig Harrington and Jeev Singh. Related Rose is leading Masters
Ben Maddox has won a few golf tournaments in his life, but it had been a few years.Friday at Rose Park Golf Course, Maddox capped off a solid week of golf by winning the UGA Senior Match Play Tournament with a 5 and 3 victory over Bill Pizza.”It’s been a long time since I’ve won,” said the 53-year-old restaurant owner from Layton. “I played well all week and didn’t make many bogeys.”Maddox got off to a quick start against Pizza, a member at Willow Creek Country Club, by making birdies on the first two holes from eight and six feet, respectively.After making bogey at No. 7, Maddox was still 2 up, but he ran off three birdies at Nos. 9, 10 and 11 and won with a par at No. 12 to go 6 up and coasted in from there.Maddox had qualified with a 70 and defeated Ken Sowby, Steve Poulson and Rick Lloyd to reach the finals. He has been a regular at the State Amateur and was happy to learn his win gets him an exemption to next month’s tourney.In the Super Senior division for golfers ages 62 and older, 75-year-old Dick Peacock defeated Mel Roberts 4 and 3.Even though he was one of the oldest players in the whole tournament, Peacock dominated play all week.Peacock shot a 70 in the qualifying and got a first-round bye. After edging Sterling Larson in the first round 2 and 1, he defeated Dave Edmonds 6 and 4 in the semifinals.”I drove it extremely well and putted extremely well,” said Peacock, who lives in St. George and was headed home shortly after his victory. “That’s my game.”Peacock said he’s hitting the ball as long as he ever has in his life at 260 to 270 yards. He has an 0.6 handicap and says his friends ask when he’s ever going to shoot his age, because he always shoots lower.In Friday’s round, he got ahead early and finished with three birdies and two bogeys.Keith Cook, who lives in Draper and plays out of Schneiter’s Bluff, won the Senior Net Match Play with a 5 and 4 victory over Sandy’s Bryan Taylor. He said he was “hitting my drives great all week” and that was the key to his victory.Cook said he hadn’t played much in about five years and came into the tournament with a 15 handicap, only to shoot a 74 in the qualifying. He said his game got better with each victory during the week.E-MAIL: email@example.com
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He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Lola Patton, and his brother and sisters, Jim Patton, Lucille Bruey, and Laverne Amend. He is survived by his wife of the home, twins, Don (Debbie) Patton and Donna (Roger) Basinger and youngest son, Dennis (Laura) Patton. Don has six grandchildren, Kimberly (Brandon) Patton Schneider, Joseph Patton, Bailey (Casey) Basinger Stiggins, Kelsey Basinger, Caleb Patton, and Noah Patton. Don also had one great granddaughter, Audrey Schneider.In lieu of flowers and plants, memorials are encouraged to the following: Central Christian Church and the Kansas Honor Flight, in care of the mortuary.Services will be held at two o’clock, Saturday, June 10, 2017, at the Central Christian Church, Caldwell, KS.To share a memory or leave a condolence please visit www.schaeffermortuary.infoFuneral arrangements by Schaeffer Mortuary, 6 North Main, Caldwell, KS. Joseph Donald (Don) Patton was the youngest of four children born to Joseph S. and Lola E. Tibbits Patton. He was born December 7, 1929 on the family farm southeast of Caldwell. Don was proud of the fact that his children were the fifth generation of Pattons to live on the farm.Don graduated from Caldwell High School in the class of 1949. He was a member of the twelve year club, football and basketball teams. After graduation, Don helped his father farm. In 1951, Don was drafted into the Army and received his basic training at Fort Ord, California. From 1952 to 1953 he served his country on the front lines of the Korean Conflict.Before his Army service, Don loved to attend dances at one of the halls west of Caldwell. He met a young woman at one of these dances. They had a few dates and went their separate ways. After returning from Korea, their paths crossed again. Anna Mae Sladek was the love of Don’s life; they were married on May 14, 1955 in Medford, Oklahoma. The couple continued dancing together throughout most of their 62 years of marriage.Don farmed on his own and with his father. Upon his father’s retirement, he continues farming. At age eleven with his own team and wagon, he was pitching bundles to the thrashing machine. Later Don bought a swather and baler and did custom work. He even tried his hand as a rough necker on an oil rig. He ran a township road patrol, helped drill water wells, built terraces with a bulldozer, and did carpentry work.During this time Don and Anna Mae raised three children. He loved to play sports and spent many evenings playing softball or shooting baskets with his kids. He was a 4-H project leader and helped at the 4-H fair in Wellington. Don loved to play card games and dominoes with his family. He served on the football chain gang for 28 years never missing a game even though the weather didn’t always cooperate.He served as a commandeer of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and as president of the Sumner County Fair Board. He was an active member of the Central Christian Church for many years serving as a deacon and on various committees.In April 2006, after Don survived a massive heart attack, he and Anna Mae decided to move to town. He sold most of the cattle and slowed down a bit but continued running the tractor and combine. He liked nothing better than to spend the day on the combine harvesting a beautiful field of golden wheat.Since 2006, Don and Anna Mae have traveled to Yellowstone National Park, Black Hills National Park, Cheyenne Frontier Days, Braum’s Dairy Farm, and the Cherry Blossom Festival. They have celebrated high school and college graduations and weddings for their grandchildren. Don also had the opportunity to visit Washington, D.C. on an Honor Flight for Korean War veterans. In an interview a few years ago, when asked what was his proudest accomplishment, Don replied, “My family.”