"Mr. Berry was such an important part of my teen years spent at HMBHS...he was so very supportive during critical times in my life, and also was a fan of mine by attending the various musical and dramatic events I performed in while going to school. He had a wonderful ear for listening, and strong shoulders when we needed to shed a few tears, and I will remember him SO fondly, forever. I pray that his family is doing okay, as they lost a very important human being in their lives! He was one of the best men I knew, and I will always think of him with a smile."
– Pati Whitcomb, Student,
Santa Rosa, CA, Dec 29, 2016
"My sympathy to Don's family. So sorry for your loss. It is neat to see what an impact Don made on those around him. I have some memories of him in admin when I was a student at H.M.B. High in the 90's. Bless your heart, Don. Someone has earned his angel wings."
– Joe Heckman, Student,
Santa Rosa, CA, Dec 21, 2016
"I met Don & Joyce when I sold their home in Half Moon Bay on Grand and helped them buy their home in The Villages which was a perfect home for them on Cribari Dell. It was an honor to know Don and stay in touch with him on occasion. He was a teacher and coach like me and I can call Don a real friend and a man that I am proud to have met."
– Dennis Lunder, Friend,
San Jose, CA, Dec 19, 2016
"I studied math (geometry) and ran cross country under Mr. Berry's tutelage at Sanger High during the early '60's. As an undisciplined student and an utterly inept athlete, I can only imagine what he might of thought of me. Nonetheless, Mr. Berry stuck with me and I eventually survived college level calculus and statistics, and earned a junior varsity letter in cross country due in large part to his efforts. Mr. Berry saw potential in everyone, and had the skill, talent and perseverance to help many of us achieve a potential that we had been unable to see in ourselves. Mr. Berry will be missed, but his spirit will live on in the success achieved by those whose privilege it has been to know him.
As the pain of loss subsides, I hope his family finds comfort in the legacy Mr. Berry has left behind."
– George Johnson, student,
Hydesville, CA, Dec 13, 2016
"Thank you Coach and long time Friend for all the support you have given to me both in High School and College. Sanger High will miss you You are a strong part of Sanger and will not be forgotten."
– Gerald Adams, friend,
Sanger, CA, Dec 12, 2016
"For those in the family, I know Don's passing feels greatly like a loss. I recently lost my Dad too; I rather know what you're going through. But for those of us outside of the family, how can Don's leaving be a loss when he left with us such a reservoir of good will, wisdom, generosity, and kindness? In the years that I had the gift of working with Don at the High School, whenever I need guidance he was there; whenever I needed support Don always knew and was always there with that wisdom, guidance, and encouragement. One of the things that impressed me most about the man was how he always had the right words for parents and students. It was wonderful how he handled students and parents in conferences. His consistent message to students was how much their parents loved them. His consistent message to parents was to keep on loving their kids, and never give up on them. I watched him wear many hats, and he was perfectly suited for each of them. I was blessed to know him; I will never forget him; and I will always miss Don."
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