Donald Jess Studebaker

Class of 1953

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Donnie Studebaker

Football 48-53, Wrestling 47-53, Baseball 51-53, Freshman Class President 49-50, Perryscope Staff 52-53, Student Council 50-52, Band Queen Publicity Manager 51-52, Wrestling Co-Captain 52-53, Class Assemblies 49-51, Home Room Vice-President 49-50, Boys State 51.

Donald Jess Studebaker

September 12, 1935 – November 18, 2020

Donald Jess Studebaker, age 85, passed peacefully at Denver Hospice on November 18, 2020, from leukemia.

Born on September 12, 1935, in Perry, Oklahoma, Don had a passion for the sport of wrestling. In 1953 he was a State of Oklahoma Champion Wrestler for Perry High School, helped to win the NCAA Wrestling Championship for the University of Oklahoma in 1957, and was chosen for the All Army Wrestling Team in 1959. He beat and wrestled very close matches with the nation’s elite.

He served in the United States Army achieving the rank of Major Donald J. Studebaker while in Viet Nam. Returning to civilian life, Don received a Masters of Education in Political Science and taught high school social studies while coaching young wrestlers. After a long career in education, he retired in 1992 to travel with his wife Genevieve and enjoy his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Genevieve, children Susan Studebaker Rutledge (Greg Rutledge), Steven Studebaker (Kim Dung Ngo Studebaker), Denise Buckley, sister Patsy Studebaker Clark, and grandchildren Allison, Grace, Michael, and Asia. Don was predeceased by his parents, Ralph and Goldie Studebaker, brothers Ralph and Kenneth Studebaker, and sister Peggy Studebaker Barton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are welcome for Denver Hospice, 8289 E. Lowry Blvd., Denver, CO 80203.