NeveHarms Clarence Faucett's unselfish and dedicated work with the youth of Peoria was brought to a regretful close when he collapsed and died at the parking lot of a store at University and Forrest Hill on August 17, 1981.
But throughout his lifetime he had done much ... he had accomplished his objective of helping thousands of kids -. black, white, Protestant and Catholic. His heart of gold and his sincere interest in youth caused him to be a father figure to all the kids he coached and helped.
Clarence organized and directed the Sports Club, the Silver Club for youth sports activities. He worked at the Salvation Army, Carver Center and was involved in kid's summer programs. He coached at St. Boniface, Trewyn and St. Philomena grade schools, as well as the Little Leagues and Journal Star baseball program. He was a great influence to the boys at Manual, Woodruff, Central and Spalding and could be seen at these schools' games watching and encouraging "his" boys.
In 1963 Faucett was one of the two people to share the Brotherhood Award, and in 1980 he was honored at a testimonial dinner which was attended by coaches in the area, by children, adults and civic leaders.
Mrs. Germaine Faucett, his wife, will proudly accept his Neve Harms Meritorious Service To Sports Award.
Clarence Faucett's unselfish and dedicated work with the youth of Peoria was brought to a regretful close when he collapsed and died at the parking lot of a store at University and Forrest Hill on August 17, 1981.
As a man devoted to sports, Mick Donahue contributed an essential (and sometimes underappreciated) service to organized sports in Peoria for decades. His passion for athletics began as a youth as a participant in the Salvation Army Junior League Tournament and Proctor Center Basketball League. At Peoria Manual High School in the early 50’s, he played on the baseball team. After graduating from Manual, he was a player/manager on the LeTourneau-Westinghouse team in the old Industrial League, which was one of the nation’s top amateur sports organizations at the time.
Mick spent much of his life coaching, organizing and officiating youth sports in the area, especially baseball, softball, basketball and volleyball. He volunteered as a coach from 1957-72 for the St. Boniface Mustangs. Additionally he coached numerous Little League and Pony League teams.
Over the next several decades, he volunteered thousands of hours organizing and administering officials for various league play in the community. Beginning in 1972, he supervised adult softball and basketball leagues for the Peoria Park District. He also scheduled officials/umpires for the area’s catholic grade schools as well as many basketball, baseball, and softball games for the Peoria Public Schools. In his over 30 years with the Peoria Park District, Mick trained, assigned, and supervised officials for adult softball games for leagues at Peoria Stadium and Sterling school. He organized a force of volunteer basketball officials for the Prairie State Games.
Even after his passing in 2011, his legacy in sports continued to have a positive impact for a charitable cause. As a tribute and acknowledgement of his decades of dedication to local softball leagues, a Mick Donahue Memorial Tournament was held in August of 2013, on the park district diamonds near Peoria Stadium. Many teams participated and many others, including umpires, volunteered their services. Proceeds from the successful event were donated to the PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) Foundation, a disease being fought by his granddaughter. Concurrent with the tournament, a park bench was dedicated near the large diamond near Peoria Stadium. The small plaque affixed to the bench, reads, “In Memory of Mick Donahue for his dedication to softball and the Peoria Park District.”