Don Castle passed away July 19, 2010, in Paradise California. He was 66 years old.
He was an All Northern California quarterback in 1960 at Cubberley High and the top shot putter in the nation in 1961 with a state high school record throw (and still the Central Coast Section record according to DyeStatCal) of 65-7 3/4. Dallas Long won the U.S. national title that year with a heave of 62-2.
Extra bleachers had to be installed to accommodate the large crowds that came to watch Castle perform. As a result of his exceptionally long throws, the pit had to be lengthened.
In addition, he was an excellent student and had offers from the top universities in the country. He will be remembered as one of the best athletes ever produced in the Bay Area in the last half century.
As Palo Alto sportswriter Dink Templeton pointed out at the time, Don Castle's feats were phenomenal considering he only weighed 175 pounds. He will be missed by those of us who were fortunate to compete with him and learn from his leadership and competitive spirit.
Survivors include his wife Patti Castle(Paradise, CA), Stepfather Stan Merrell (Dallas), brother Doug Castle (Klamath Falls), sister Nancy Toland (Dallas), son Donald Edward (Bellevue, WA), son Thomas Franklin(Elk Grove), and five grandchildren.