SSHoF logoDon McDonald

Builder (1993)


Don McDonald was born and raised in Saskatoon, attending Mayfair public school where he played all sports and Bedford Road Collegiate where he played soccer, basketball and football.

He played three years for the Mayfair Rangers soccer team, sharing in three provincial junior championships and losing to Winnipeg in the 1952 Canadian final.

He played two seasons with the Saskatoon Hilltops junior football team, 1951 and 1952, reaching the western final both times.

Don coached flag football for 12 years, winning four city championships, and served as league president for several years. He rejoined the Hilltops as a director, became president in 1975 and was also president of the Saskatchewan Amateur Football Association. In 1975, he became a co-founder of the Prairie Junior Football League and served as its president in 1978. He became commissioner of the Canadian Junior Football League in 1978, held the position for eight years and was past commissioner for five years.

In 1985, he started a seven-year term as president of Football Saskatchewan and, in 1992, was elected vice-president of finance for Football Canada.

He was Chef De Mission when Saskatoon won the Saskatchewan Winter Games at Melville in 1990 and during the Saskatchewan Summer Games at Prince Albert in 1992.

Don has been honored with volunteer awards by the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Sask Sport, Saskatchewan Department of Culture, and Football Canada and was the Saskatoon Kinsmen Sportsman of the Year in 1989.

** Deceased