Donald Clarico, 85, died on Sunday, October 10, 2021, at Elyria Medical Center.
Don was born on December 10, 1935 in Waynesburg, Ohio in an Italian immigrant family of four boys, (Don, Santo, Joe, and Tony) and 3 girls (Gerry, Helen, and Lena). His formative years were dominated by sports, school, and work in the local Brick Yard. Upon graduation from high school, Don went to Kent State University on a partial football scholarship. After football season, he joined the Navy and was discharged in 1956. He continued his education at Mount Union and Ohio University where he met the love of his life, Margot. They were married in 1960 in Galbreath Chapel. They were the parents of three children, Michael, who passed away in 1967, Robert, and Kristen. He always talked with pride of the accomplishments of his children and the wonderful raising of the children by their mother.
His life was centered around family, sports, and education. In high school his future was guided by his science teacher and football coach, Walter Headley. He was a member of teams coached by Mr. Headley and compiled records in grades 10-12 of 30 wins in football, 96 wins with 2 trips to the OHSAA State Basketball Tournament, and 3 trips to the Baseball Regional tournament. Although he coached varsity basketball, baseball, and track, football was his passion. As a head football coach he coached several conference champions and was honored as Coach of the Year on several occasions. He was elected to the Lorain County Football Coach’s Hall of Fame. As an assistant coach at Midview High School for 8 years they won the conference 5 years and went to the OHSAA playoff tournament 2 years. He is also a member of the Midview Hall of Fame as an assistant coach for the 1998 team. As coach of a Cleveland amateur football team his team came in third in the state in 1973 and won the state championship in 1974 with a win over a Cincinnati team.
He was a high school principal for 14 years at Malvern Local and Buckeye Local before retiring in 1987 at Avon High School.
He considered all of the years he spent working with the youngsters in the classroom and on the athletic field as his “Golden Years.” But, all of those years are overshadowed by the 61 years of marriage to his wonderful, understanding wife, Margot, coaching as an assistant to his son Rob at Keystone High School and watching Kris become very successful in creating her own business and rehabbing her home in Cleveland Heights. Then to have a wonderful daughter in law like Tracy, and two granddaughters like Mia and Sophia put the crown on his life. He thanks god for a wonderful life.
Services will be held on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at the Berea United Methodist Church, 170 Seminary Street, Berea, Ohio 44017, at 10:00 AM with Nathan Howe Officiating.