Published in the Fresno
Bee on February 10, 2012
Don 'Jeep' Trower,
a native of Fresno, Ca, went to be with his Savior on January 7, 2012
at the age of 92. Don was born in Hartman, Co and moved to Fresno as a
Don was a standout athlete at Roosevelt High School. He lettered in Football,
Basketball, Track, and Baseball all 3 years. In addition to earning two
(2) athletic sweaters, he was awarded three (3) prestigious Harry Coffee
Award Blankets for outstanding achievement in three sports. He is a member
of the Roosevelt High School Hall of Fame Alumni Association, class of
After graduating from Roosevelt High School, Don signed a professional
baseball contract with the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League.
He was sent to their Salt Lake City franchise in 1939 and was called up
to San Francisco later in the year.
Don's baseball career was put on hold due to the needs of his country.
He enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1943 and began pilot training.
In 1953, after 14 years in professional baseball, Don went to work in
the automotive hardware industry, and later he and his wife Wanda, started
their own business in Fresno, Trower's Supply Company, which they operated
until his retirement in 1973. Subsequently they built numerous homes in
the Oakhurst area, was involved in church and community activities, and
moved to Visalia in his later years.
Don is survived by his wife of 61 years, Wanda, their four children; Jim
Trower, Donna Kuehl, June Ainley, and Jolynne Wallace, 14 grandchildren
and 26 great grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be held at New Hope Community Church in Clovis,
Saturday Feb 11, 2012 at 11:00am.
In lieu of flowers, contribution can be made to Kaweah Delta Hospice,
900 W. Oak Ave, Visalia, Ca 93291.