Donald Mott died on Aug. 5, and is survived by Sandra, his wife of 64 years; son, Darin Mott; daughter, Tobin Rodina; son-in-law, Mark Rodina; brother, Charles Mott of Yukon, Oklahoma; and grandchildren, Tanner James Mott and Baily Rose Mott.
After graduating high school in Correctionville, Iowa, Don enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1956. He served four years as a trainer of future sonar men at the U.S. Navy Sonar School at San Diego, spending a considerable amount of time onboard the USS Currier, DE-700, chasing submarines.
Upon completion of his military duty, he worked for nine years in the financial/banking industry, making a career change in the late 1960s to pursue his dream of teaching. He completed his education at Cal State, Fullerton
and began teaching at El Modena High School in Orange in 1972, where he spent his most rewarding professional years of teaching, coaching baseball and football, and serving his final years as the school’s athletic director.
He was honored by placement in the El Modena High School Athletics Hall of Fame in May of 2011.
Retiring in 2000, he devoted time to his beloved grandchildren and to his favorite pastime of golf, working as a marshal at Riverview Golf Course in Santa Ana. Don spent his final year at “The Groves of Tustin,” where he received loving care from a host of caregivers, for which the family has been very grateful.
Due to COVID-19 and in compliance with Don’s wishes, a small family service will be held at a future date and he will be interred at El Toro Memorial Park in El Toro. Donations in his name may be directed to the athletic department at El Modena High School, as per his wishes.