Don Cleetes Hamblen Treuhardt
April 14, 1931 – June 21, 2020
Don Cleetes Treuhardt, also known as Coach Don or Poppa, 89, of Baytown, Texas, passed away on Sunday, June 21, 2020, surrounded by his loving family on Father’s Day. Don was born on April 14, 1931, to Radie and Walter Treuhardt, in Holland, Texas. Don graduated from Georgetown High School in 1949 where he was president of his Jr & Sr class, voted most handsome, played football, basketball, baseball, and boxing. He accepted a football scholarship to The University of Houston. His high school coach informed him Kilgore Junior College wanted him to come visit so he did with not even a thought of going to school there. They made him an offer he couldn’t turn down. He got a release from The University of Houston and enrolled in Kilgore Junior College on a football scholarship with many incentives. After he completed his years at Kilgore, he went to Sam Houston State University where he continued to play football. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education and later returned to complete his Masters in Administration. While attending Kilgore Junior College, he met and married the love of his life, Ann on November 28, 1952. After she left him here on earth, there wasn’t a day that went by that he didn’t think of her and miss her dearly. They are now together again. Don is survived by his one and only child Pam Aaron and husband Lee, granddaughter Heather Zeno and husband Terell, grandsons Aaron Henderson, Justin Aaron, and Lathe Aaron. He is also survived by two precious great granddaughters Rylee and Zoey Zeno. He loved his family more than life itself. Don was known for his love of sports. His first year out of college, he took a coaching position in Baytown, Texas at Baytown Junior. The next two years he coached at Horace Mann and then went to Lee High School in 1956 where he spent the next ten years. While at Lee, he was the head baseball coach and backfield football coach. In 1961, he and his baseball team won the 4A State Baseball Championship. When Sterling High School opened in 1966, he became the assistant principal under Mrs. Winnie Brown. In 1972, he was named an administrative assistant in the personnel department and completed his career in education as associate superintendent. He retired from Goose Creek CISD in 1986. In addition to holding memberships in numerous educational organizations, he served the Baytown Chamber of Commerce, the Lions Club, the Boy Scouts, the YMCA and other youth-oriented groups. After he retired, he enjoyed life to the fullest and spoiled his grandchildren and great grandchildren as much as possible. He will be dearly missed. Pallbearers will be Lee Aaron, Aaron Henderson, Terell Zeno, Justin Aaron, Lathe Aaron, and Kelson Treuhardt. Honorary pallbearers will be Woody Walker, Ronnie Kluch, Dennis Trigg, Oz Hughes, Baytown Lions Club, and all the young men Don coached. The family will receive visitors Wednesday, June 24, 2020, from 5 pm – 7 pm at Navarre Funeral Home in Baytown, Texas. The memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 25, 2020, at 11:00 am at Memorial Baptist Church, 600 W. Sterling Ave. in Baytown, Texas. Graveside service will be in Pfluggerville, Texas on Friday, June 26, 2020 at 11:00 am at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home & Cemetery.
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Don Cleetes Hamblen Treuhardt
July 13, 2020
Your parents looked after me while I lived in Baytown. Don helped me search for a job in GCCISD, and you and your family were very loving and supportive. I remember having some great home-cooked meals at your house.
Don will be missed by many because he was such a good friend and mentor. I'm thinking about you and your family.
June 26, 2020
One of my best memories of high school was being coached by Coach Treuhardt and being a member of the 1961 State Champs. Coach Treuhardt certainly brought out the best from his players. He was always a gentleman and sportsman and taught us to play that way. I will always remember Coach Treuhardt and my teammates and the great experiences he provided us. Best wishes to Coach's family.
June 25, 2020
WHO WAS COACH? HE WAS A MAN OF GOD, A STUDENT OF HELPING YOUNG BOYS WHOM HE HELP MOLD THE LASTING VALUERS THAT HE EXPECTED FROM EACH OF US, A FRIEND OF MORE THAN SEVENTY YEARS ,AND ONE OF A FEW THAT I COULD CALL ON FOR GUIDANCE!
COACH WAS MORE OF FRIEND TO ME HE WAS "MY COACH OF LIFE" AND SOMEONE YOU JUST GREW TO LOVE! ONE WOULD KNOW HE LOVE US ALL AS WELL. THERE WERE TIMES I WOULD ASK MYSELF "WHAT WOULD COACH DO" AND THE ANSWER WAS SO CLOSE, EITHER A PHONE CALL OR A WALK ACROSS STREET. HE WAS MY NEIGHBOR FOR 25 YEARS + (CANNOT REMEMBER EXACTLY) BUT WAY TO SHORT.
COACH SAVED ME AT AGE OF 16 ;JUST A KID GOING DOWN THE WRONG PATH! COACH THANK YOU!
WILL I MISS HIM? YES BUT I AM SELFLESS, HE IS WHERE HE WANTED TO BE, HOLDING HANDS WITH ANN.
REST IN PEACE COACH!
LOVE YOU AND WILL MISS YOU.
June 25, 2020
Pam, we are thinking of you. You know that we are not able to get out of the house, but our thoughts will be with you during the next few days. You had wonderful parents, and at this time, the best thing now is to remember all of the great times you have had with them. Shara and I love you.
June 24, 2020
To Coach Don's family,
I had the honor of being coached by Coach True at Horace Mann and REL. He was a great coach, gentleman and role model. We Ganders will miss him greatly. Below is a sentiment which I hope will bring solace, God Bless all of you.
Dr H Michael 'Mike' Barnes
REL '61, #54
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free
I am following the path God laid for me
I took his hand when I heard his call
I turned my back and left it all
I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work, or play
Tasks left undone must stay that way
I found that peace at the close of day
If my parting has left a void
Then fill it with remembered joy
A friendship showed, a laugh, a kiss
Ah yes, these things I too will miss
Be not burdened with time of sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow
My life’s been full, I savored much
Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief
Lift up your heart and share with me
God wanted me now he set me free
June 24, 2020
I started @ Ross S.STerling back in 1967. I saw the asst. principal later I learned who he was Mr Treuhardt. He looked like a giant to me but always had a smile on until you had to go to his office. He was all business then. I was a pretty good kid and I will say that later on we became good friends. His grandson and my son played baseball and both Mr. and Mrs.Treuthardt were @ every practice. Pam thank you for sharing your family with mine and your Daddy always would help out giving my son suggestions on how to play. I heard the Oak Ridge Boys sing a song called I'v Got A Brand New Star In Heaven Tonight. Don Treuthardt will always a Shining Star In Heaven.
June 23, 2020
Coach Treuhardt was my coach with the '60 & '61 Ganders and I always had the greatest respect for him. I remember him as being a good coach but more than that he was a gentleman and a man of integrity. The type of man a young high school football player could imulate. I wish we had more men like him today. May God Bless and comfort his family
June 23, 2020
Was Don Truehardt a football coach at Rel Ganders in 1955