Don Markham Passes Away

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Don Markham Passes Away

Postby Fordama » Mon May 14, 2018 8:18 pm

"Don Markham, the well-traveled high school football coach known for his high-scoring double wing offenses, died Monday following a battle with cancer, his son said in an email. Markham was 78.

Markham coached at 10 high schools in a career that spanned 45 years, including Colton, Ramona, two stints at Bloomington, Rialto and Pacific. He compiled 312 victories at the high school level, 265 of those in California. Markham guided Bloomington to CIF Southern Section championships in 1994, 1996 and 1997. The 1994 team set a then-national record by scoring 880 points during the season.

Markham also led teams to section titles at L.A. Baptist (1971) and Colton (1978). His other stops included Bishop Amat, Leuzinger, Compton and Bandon (Ore.)."


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Re: Don Markham Passes Away

Postby SK80 » Tue May 15, 2018 7:09 am

Godspeed and kudos to a man that more than likely made a big difference in many a man's life.

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Re: Don Markham Passes Away

Postby sammy swordsman » Tue May 15, 2018 7:38 am

His Colton teams bludgeoned defenses with that double wing. The O-line was huge for that time period. High School football was better by having Markham as a coach.

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Re: Don Markham Passes Away

Postby ColSixPack » Tue May 15, 2018 11:28 am

Heard a story about Markham coming in to interview for one of those coaching jobs after he had made a name for himself. He drives in on his harley and parks it right at the front door of the school. Walks into the ADs office, puts his boots up on the table, and asks "Are you ready to win championships?" I never met him, but could someone comment on whether or not that sounds like him. I heard the story from Gibson that used to be at Orange High back in the mid 2000s, and befriended Markham to learn the double wing.

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Re: Don Markham Passes Away

Postby Wabash » Tue May 15, 2018 3:12 pm

Fordama wrote:Source of the post Markham also led teams to section titles at L.A. Baptist (1971) and Colton (1978). His other stops included Bishop Amat, Leuzinger, Compton and Bandon (Ore.)."

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Re: Don Markham Passes Away

Postby NotDonaldBren » Wed May 16, 2018 10:30 pm

RIP to a Legend.

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Re: Don Markham Passes Away

Postby MDDad » Thu May 17, 2018 7:31 am

Despite the increased scoring in the last decade, Markham's 1994 Bloomington team still holds the Southern Section record of 880 points scored in a single season. In state history, only the 2014 Folsom team scored more.

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