My friends, it is with a heavy heart, I must inform you that we have lost another member of our fleet. Saturday night, December 6th, 2014, Donald Mitchell of the vessel Sarah Ann has passed away in his sleep. On Wednesday after Hurricane Oldie, Don slipped on the tile while cleaning up debris, fell and hit his head. He had emergency brain surgery at Fidapaz Hospital to relieve the pressure of a hematoma. He was officially out of the induced coma from the surgery, but never really woke up. He was life-flighted a few weeks later back to the SF Bay area, until he passed away this past weekend.
Donald was 69 years old, a two time Commodore of Club Cruceros, helped with the construction of the current clubhouse, and had been elected treasurer for the last several years. He headed up Bayfest several times, was twice Member of the Year, and he did a lot of things behind the scenes to help Club Cruceros and his fellow cruisers. He was a big man with a very big heart and cared about a lot of people. We will miss his crazy sense of humor and his big bear hugs. He is survived by his wife, Helen, a daughter and a brother, and by all of us, his friends. Sleep well my friend, we will all miss you mucho!
Shelly Rothery Ward
2014-2015 Club Commodore