Donald Jerome Dravis, 82, of Staples passed away November 3, 2019, peacefully surrounded by family.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, Nov. 8 at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Staples. Visitation will be held Thurs., Nov. 7 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church from 4 to 8 p.m. with prayer service at 7:45 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.
Don was born November 2, 1937 in Minneapolis to William and Pearl (Gunderson) Dravis. Don graduated from Blue Earth High School in 1955. He married Mary Sedivy in Glencoe in 1960. Don attended college in Mankato where he wrestled, earning the title of All American Wrestler at Mankato State. He finished his degree at St. Cloud State. He worked as an Industrial Arts teacher for 32 years in Staples until his retirement. Don coached wrestling and achieved seven state titles. He was a Staples volunteer firefighter for 22 years and a member of the Staples Lions Club. He was a Lions member for 43 years and earned the Helen Keller Award, as well as the Melvin Jones Fellow Award. He was a past president of the MN Coaches Association. Don enjoyed hunting, fishing, wrestling and attending his grandchildren’s sporting events.
Don’s numerous achievements included the Duane R. Lund Award for Lifetime Achievement, Wrestling Career of 401 Match Wins, seven state team championship titles, 14 individual state championships, 1976 MN Coach of The Year, 1987 MN Wrestling Coach of The Year, 1980 USA Wrestling Coach of The Year, 1980 Sports Illustrated recognition, 1981 National Wrestling Coach of The Year, 1996 USA State Man of The Year, 2001 MSHSL Distinguished Service Award, 2003 MSHSL Hall of Fame Award, 2003 MN Chapter of National Wrestling Hall of Fame, 1993 Firefighter of the Year, and 2018 Staples-Motley Athletic Hall of Fame.
Don is survived by his loving wife, Mary of 59 years; daughter, Paula (Mark) Redemske and their children, Alyssa, Brian and Cal; son, Greg (Traci) Dravis and their children, Derek and Casey; son, Blaine (Dana) Dravis and their children, Jake, Matt and Sarah; son, Jeff (Tara) Dravis and their children, Justin, Cody, Taylor, Kate; daughter, Mary Jo (Jim) Otteson and their children, Garrett and Trevor; and one brother, Brian.
Don is preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Roger.
Arrangements are with Brenny Family Funeral Chapel, Staples.