Donald F. Hallahan
Class of 1930


©Published from 2/4/2006 - 2/5/2006

Donald F. Hallahan

DONALD F. HALLAHAN Age 93, died peacefully in his sleep on Nov. 3, 2005. Don was born on a homestead near Great Falls, MT and moved with his family to the Bay Area when he was 7. Most of his childhood was spent in Oakland where he lived with his parents, Donald and Tenny, his aunt, Dr. Agnes Gettis, and his sister, Mary. He graduated from Oakland High School and, after working for several years to support his family, from Cal. He received his teaching credential from SF State. Throughout college he worked as a playground director. After teaching briefly, Don joined the Alameda County Sheriff's Dept. where he was a guard at the prison farm and coached all of the prisoners' sports teams. He became an FBI agent in 1941. After brief stints in St. Louis, Fargo and Las Vegas, Don transferred to Oakland where he remained until he retired in 1974. His assignment was major crimes - bank robbery, extortion, kidnaping and highjackings. His high profile cases included the Stephanie Bryant, Frank Sinatra, Jr. and Patty Hearst kidnapings, an extortion plot against Joe DiMaggio, and several airplane highjackings. He also continued his coaching "career", switching from prisoners to FBI agents. After 32 years, Don and his wife Louise, a public health nurse, retired and moved to Pebble Beach where they were active members of the Monterey Peninsula Country Club and volunteers with Meal on Wheels and Monterey Peninsula Community Hospital. Despite his impoverished family background, Don worked his way through school and into an interesting, satisfying job serving the public. He was involved in his children's lives, was kind to all he knew, and had a wonderful sense of humor. Among those who will miss "Coach" are his children, Catherine Hallahan Doran, Kristin and Tim Hallahan, his so-in-law Jeff Doran, his daughter-in-law, Ann Hansen, his grandchildren, Sarah, Brett, Ben, Jack, and Hailee, his sister-in-law, Henrietta Horvath, his nieces and nephews Sharon Sutherby, Nancy, Frank and John Horvath and Julia Gorham and her husband Gerry Gorham, and his grand nephew and nieces, Kevin, Jula and Jennifer.