Long-time Glendale High School baseball coach Don Provance passed away June 13, 2018 just a few weeks shy of his 90th birthday. After a long, full life, Don succumbed to a sudden illness at Cox South while surrounded by all of his loving family.
Don was born in Joplin, MO to Archie Louis Provance and Clara Mitts Provance on July 7, 1928. He grew up in Aurora, MO with his two older brothers, Ray and Roy Provance, and their adopted brother Bill Maynard. Don was an avid sportsman and renowned local athlete and coach whose sense of humor was as famous as his athleticism. From 1946-1949 Don played football at SMS, where he was an MIAA all-conference first selection in 1948. After college, Don served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. After his time in the service, Don taught at Lockwood for a few years where he met the love of his life Patti (Hunter) Provance, whom he married shortly thereafter. In 1958, they moved to Springfield after Don took a teaching and coaching job at Parkview High School, where he taught for 5 years. In 1963, Don moved to the newly opened Glendale High School where he taught drivers education and became an assistant football coach and started his epic journey as head baseball coach. During his 29 years at Glendale, Don’s baseball teams won a total of 8 Ozark Conference Titles, 12 District Titles, made it to the Missouri State Quarter Finals four times, and won the State Championship twice, in 1976 and 1978.
On May 27, 1956, Don was married to his wife Patti - this past May they celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary! Together, Don and Patti had six boys: Don Jr., David, Doug, Dwight, Dan, Dennis.
Don was proceeded in death by his mother, father, three brothers, and his son Dwight. Don is survived by his wife Patti, son Don Jr. and wife Susan, son David and wife Jen, son Doug and wife Mary, son Dan and wife Mary Beth, son Dennis, 8 grandchildren, 4 step-granddaughters, numerous great-grandchildren, and his nieces Christy Warren and Cathy Wingo.
Visitation was held Sunday, June 17, 2018 at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home at 1947 East Seminole. with a Rosary following. The funeral mass was at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Monday, June 18, 2018. Interment will be at Maple Park Cemetery in Springfield. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Donald L. Provance Scholarship Fund at MSU for Glendale High School Baseball, attn: Brent Dunn.