Harry Mondale

Harry Mondale

August 11, 1931 - May 4, 2018

"If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it - then I can achieve it."

-Muhammad Ali

Our beloved Dad, Pops, Grampa, Brother, Uncle, Coach, and Friend, Harry Mondale, completed his work here on Earth May 4, 2018 and is celebrating a great reunion with his wife, Kathleen and daughter, Judy.

Harry was born August 11, 1931 in Forward Township, Pennsylvania to Antonio Mondale and Olga Pasquanelli Mondale. He attended Forward Township Grade School and Elizabeth Senior High School. Harry was a 4-year letterman in football in addition to participating in basketball and baseball. He was named to the All-Western Pennsylvania Football Team in his senior year.

Harry attended Villanova during his freshman year, but a Thanksgiving dinner at the home of his future wife, Kathleen, found him talking to her cousin, John McKay, then a coach at Oregon. After hearing about the football program there, Harry headed west in 1950. A stint in the Army temporarily interrupted his football career, but he returned to Oregon to complete his education and capped off his senior year with a 1958 Rose Bowl appearance. He is a member of the University of Oregon Football Hall of Fame.

Upon graduation, Harry was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams, but chose something a little more stable for his growing family and accepted a teaching and coaching position at LaGrande High School. During his nine years at LaGrande, Harry taught PE and coached wrestling and football. The family moved to Collegeville, Minnesota for two years while Harry taught and coached at St. John’s Prep. In 1969, an opportunity to return to Oregon brought Harry to Phoenix High School, where he remained until his retirement in 1993. He continued to coach wrestling for the Pirates until 2007. He led the Pirates to seven state championships and seven runner-up finishes as well as 21 conference championships. Harry served as Phoenix’s head football coach from 1986-91. He was a line coach for 17 years prior to that, helping the Pirates to 1979 and 1985 state championships.

Harry married Kathleen Smith August 7, 1954. They were married 54 years until her death in 2008. Together they raised five children, Harry (Duke), Chuck, Judy, Mike, and Tim. When he wasn’t on a football field or on the wrestling mats, Harry loved fishing and camping with the family. He spent many hours as a fishing guide on local rivers and lakes, and was never happier than when he was enjoying a day on the water.

Harry is survived by his sons, Duke (Tina), Chuck, Mike (Kat), and Tim (Linda); as well as his sister, Juliet. He is also survived by grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who were his biggest fans. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Kathleen; daughter, Judy; and sisters, Marie and Anita.

Services to celebrate the life of Harry Mondale will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12, at the Phoenix High School Football Stadium. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to support local wrestling programs. A wrestling scholarship in Harry’s name is being established, and checks to Phoenix High School in support of the Harry Mondale Wrestling Scholarship are also appreciated.

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