Daniel (Dan) Lee Doom
|Posted 2020-07-29 by Sharla|
|The Wickenburg Sun, Wickenburg, AZ|
Wednesday July 29, 2020
Coach Doom passes away July 28, 2020 1:37 PM
Long-time Wickenburg High School golf and assistant football coach and retired teacher Dan Doom passed away Monday, July 27 from complications with the COVID-19 virus.
Coach Doom, 78, was the current Wickenburg High golf coach. He also had served as an assistant coach for the Wranglers’ football team the past two years but had coached in the same capacity for an additional 25 years previously.
He was a 1960 graduate of Wickenburg High. Following graduation from ASU, Mr. Doom returned to Wickenburg Schools as a business teacher and coach of multiple sports including football, basketball, track and golf. Coach Doom has taught or coached four generations of students at Wickenburg with no break in service.
He is survived by his wife Patty, three children, seven grandchildren and three brothers.
More information about his background, survivors and services will be available in next week’s Wickenburg Sun.
Wickenburg high school sports fixture Dan Doom dies at 78 from COVID-19 complications
Published 3:24pm July 30, 2020
Dan Doom, forever a fixture in the Wickenburg community as a student, a teacher, a coach, a mentor and a pretty good golfer, died on July 27 due to complications from COVID-19.
Doom was 78.
He was born and raised in Wickenburg, graduated from the high school in 1960, and after graduating from Arizona State, returned to his roots to teach and coach.
He had worked at the school since 1968. This would have been Doom's 21st year leading the Wickenburg High School golf program. He was a long-time assistant football coach at Wickenburg, serving as a defensive coordinator that last two seasons under head coach Mike Mitchell.
"Coach Doom's experience and dedication to Wickenburg athletics are unmatched," Athletic Director Matt Johnson said. "Dan Doom is truly a man who dedicated his life to Wickenburg High School and its athletic department. A few things that impressed me the most about Dan was his positive attitude, infectious smile, and his dedication to put Wickenburg students and athletes above all else. "As a coach, Dan Doom is irreplaceable. As a man, Dan Doom is unforgettable. He will be missed at Wickenburg High School but never forgotten.”
Doom applied for the head football coaching job, before it was given to Mitchell two years ago. Mitchell said that Doom congratulated him on the job, and told him he would do anything he could to help with the program.
“We will really miss Dan,” Mitchell said. “It’s a real loss.
“He knew everyone in the community. He was a tremendous asset to me as a new coach.”
The Doom family is generations deep in Wickenburg. Dan and his wife Patricia attended Wickenburg High School together.Their two sons and daughter both graduated from Wickenburg. Sam Doom, Dan’s son, said his father was involved in restoration projects with the Wickenburg Historical Society. “He was all about the Wickenburg culture and students," Sam said. “He was teaching and coaching the kids of kids he started working with in the 1960s and ‘70s. He was involved in numerous youth programs. In the ‘70s, he started an Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympics track club. He turned out several talented athletes in the ‘80s.” Doom grew the golf program, helping elementary-age kids who had never played learn the game.
“He was the consummate coach,” Sam said. “He enjoyed coaching and teaching kids and reveling in their success. He felt all of their ups and downs.”
Sam said that his father shot his age (78) for 18 holes on the golf course a month before he became ill this summer.
The Wickenburg Sun, Wickenburg, AZ
August 17, 2020
March 15, 1942 – July 27, 2020
Aug 17, 2020 12:00 AM
Dan Doom passed away on July 27, 2020, due to complications from COVID-19. A man of great character, Dan had a long, loving, and impactful life and made a lasting impression on many lives.
Born in Phoenix March 15, 1942, he was oldest child of Samuel and Esther Doom. He originally lived in Phoenix and later moved to Congress at age 8, where he would live for the rest of his childhood.
Dan attended Wickenburg High School where he participated in football and basketball. He was an all-state lineman his senior year. It should be noted that since there was no after-practice bussing, participants had to find their own way home. For Dan, that typically meant hitchhiking, or oftentimes jumping on the train in Wickenburg and literally jumping off while it was still moving through Congress. Following his high school graduation in 1960, he first attended Phoenix College and later Arizona State University, where he graduated in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree. While in college he worked for Standard Oil and Firestone Tire, a tradition carried on by his several of his brothers.
Dan returned to Wickenburg High School in 1968 as a business and accounting teacher. Later on he received a master’s degree in education. Dan met his future wife, Patty Cooke, in high school. The two were married one year after graduation on June 27, 1961. They were blessed with their first child Sam in 1968, followed by Andy in 1970, and would later add Danelle, their only daughter, in 1973. He would eventually be the proud grandpa of seven grandchildren, Anne, Steven, Caitlynn, Ryan, Hannah, Austin and Seth.
This past June, Dan and Patty celebrated their 59th anniversary. Over the years of being a father and a teacher, he was perhaps best known throughout the community as Coach Doom. Coach Doom started as an assistant football coach for the Wickenburg Wranglers in 1968 where he would coach for more than 25 years. He started the track team in the mid ‘70s, and by 1976 he had coached a team that won the state championship. Dan would coach track until 1990. He loved all sports and shortly after starting the track team, he began the Junior Olympics Program for his own kids and other local youngsters. The Junior Olympics kids would go on to some illustrious years through the late ‘70s thru mid ‘80s, culminating with the 1986 high school track team that featured many of those original kids, now juniors and seniors. Taking a cue from track and field, Dan started the cross-country team in the mid 80’s. If that wasn’t enough, he found time to coach the girls’ basketball programs at Wickenburg High School in the mid ‘80s as well. Dan was an avid golfer, a passion he picked up earlier in life from his father-in-law, Harry Cooke. In the mid ‘90s he would bring his golf passion to the WHS program, taking over the coaching duties from Bob Friece. He coached golf for the rest of his life. Like track before, Coach Doom started and ran junior golfer programs always with an eye to the future. He turned out several top-ranked individual golfers and many teams that would be highly competitive at the state level. The past two years, Coach Doom returned to his football roots where he again served as a defensive coordinator for the Wranglers’ football team.
"Coach Doom's experience and dedication to Wickenburg athletics are unmatched," Athletic Director Matt Johnson said. "Coach Doom is truly a man who dedicated his life to Wickenburg High School and its athletic department. Dan’s positive attitude, infectious smile, and his dedication to put Wickenburg students and athletes above all else. "As a coach, Dan Doom is irreplaceable. As a man, Dan Doom is unforgettable. He will be missed at Wickenburg High School, but never forgotten.”
If all these athletic programs were not enough, he also started many academic programs for students over the years of his tenure at the high school. One of these was a program, where he would take students to the Chicago Board of Trade as part of his business curriculum… and maybe to try a catch a White Sox game, since he was already there. Another of Dan’s efforts was the work experience program where students were given the opportunity to work for local businesses and also receive a high school credit. Dan was always a major role model for many students throughout the four generations of children he would teach and coach over his 50+ years with Wickenburg High School.
Besides teaching and coaching, Dan was well known for being a member of the Wickenburg Historical Society, where he was instrumental in the restoration of Henry Wickenburg’s house and several town beautification projects. He would be seen in many Gold Rush Days and Christmas Parades driving an old Model A or some other historical vehicle, often with a grandkid riding shotgun. Dan loved his family, his town, his students, athletes and friends, and it showed.
Dan was preceded in death by his parents; a brother Samuel; and a sister Lottie. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Patty Doom; his two sons, Sam and Andy (Leonor); his daughter, Danelle; seven beloved grandchildren; and brothers Dennis, Donnie and Robert.
Dan was a remarkable man of character and a person of everlasting impact on his community. Above all, Dan believed in the community and the children of the next generations. Dan, Dad, Coach, thank you for being an integral part of our lives and the teachings you gave all of us on how to be good people in our own lives and make a positive impact in the lives of others. There are no words to say how much we will miss you and how much we love you. You will live on forever in our memories.
Due to Covid restrictions on gatherings, the family held a small ceremony attended by family and several longtime friends. In addition, they wish to express their gratitude for the kind words from those who attended the drive-through tribute. The family cannot be more thankful for the well wishes from the many, many people who sent their condolences via Facebook, email, cards and in-person.
Once restrictions are lifted, the family would like to hold a celebration of life open to the public to remember a man who has meant so much to his family and the Wickenburg community at large.
Rest in Peace Dan.
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