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In Memory of Don Coatney

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Very sad news about Don. He was posting on this site way back when I first came on. His documentation of his engine and transmission installation on his P15 was very well done. I knew that he was experiencing health issues and I noticed that he had not posted much recently. My sincerest condolences go out to Don's friends and family.

John Reddie

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I'm a new member, but I learned quickly to look extra close when I got a note from Mr. Coatney or sourced one of his threads on an issue I was studying.  Mrs Coatney and family.  Thank you for sharing him with us. 

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Im deeply saddened to hear that Don has passed away. His family are in my thoughts and prayers.

                           John 

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May the memories of Don sustain the Coatney family during this this time. I felt that I knew him through this forum. And thanks to Don, to this day, I'll really, really search through the forum before posting a question. And when I do search, a lot of the times, I'll find some contribution that Don has made.

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Very saddened to see the news of Don's passing.  I don't get on the forum much anymore, but every once in a while Don will pop into my head and I'll log into see what he's been up to.  Today was one of those days, and I just had a feeling I'd see this news.

 

Don was my ARCH RACE RIVAL, as we built our Plymouth engines together, and yet so far away.  We bench raced for years, one-upping each other with humor and good fun even though we had never met each other.  The forum was new then, and we had a great time getting to know all of the Plymouth guys around the country vicariously through text and jpg on P15-D24.

 

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In 2007, the year that the Tulsarama Buried Belevedere was to be unearthed, I set my sites on getting my car road ready to drive from Idaho to Tulsa to meet Don and have the "Big Race" that we'd been talking up for nearly 7 years.

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The rest is legend, and I'm sad that Don is no longer here to brag about winning, even though it was in fact the Blueskies '50 Plymouth that took the checkered flag.  :)

 

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It was a great ride getting to know you Don, I know that I'm not the only one who will miss your wit, life wisdom, and depth of mechanical knowledge.

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All my best to Lisa and the rest of Don's family,

Your ARCH RACE RIVAL, Pete

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I obviously haven't been on the forum in quite a while. I am shocked and saddened at the news of Don' s passing back in December. We privately messaged a few times. Always instructive and kind. Condolences to the family.

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Don was a great example of the spirit of this forum. He openly shared his experience and knowledge, He coached many of us, to keep our old Mopars alive and running. It is through examples like Don and many others on this forum that I have learned  how to be a productive, active, participating member here. Don has given us examples of what we need to continue  to do to help keep the old-Mopar community spirit alive for future generations. Thank you Don. Lucky for all of us, your lifetime of experience is recorded here. We only need to search for a topic and find your posts to help guide us. RIP Don. 

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