I knew Don Meyer before he was the well-known Don Meyer. We shared the basement (along with four other guys) of a house located close to the Greeley campus from 1964-67. I was a kid from Wheatridge HS Co. state basketball champs in 63. Don was a strapping, broad shouldered farm boy from Wayne Nb. He was a baseball/basketball star. We formed a close friendship playing on the freshman basketball team. I believe our coach was from Prairie View A&M, a gentleman named Moore. (not sure) I used to tease Don about his lack of speed. I used to say he couldn’t guard a refrigerator because he ran too long in one place. He had to hurry to keep up with his shadow. His fastball was 75mph and his change-up was 74mph. He wasn’t physically gifted but his mind was always working overtime. He would “beat” you his way–never quit—work hard—play smart. It appears he never changed.
Our varsity basketball coach was Dr. George Sage. We played against No. Dakota in a regional Div. II game in 65-66? Phil Jackson was their star.
I remember Don first dating Carmen. He borrowed my 61 Ford Galaxy–his tractor was in the shop. I just knew he’d never look at or date another lady unless they were capable of doing an excellent scouting report for him.
Little did I know fifty years ago I was living with a future legend in sports. I can assure you, Don Meyer “walked the talk” at the age of 18 just as he apparently did for his entire life.
I feel fortunate and blessed that I was able to share a part of Don’s life. My sincere condolences to Carmen and the entire Meyer family. How extremely fortunate you were to share your life with such an exceptional man.
God bless all of you,