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.
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