Don Hartlaub

August 10, 2021 12:08 PM

Donald G. Hartlaub passed away March 17, 2018 at his home after a short battle with brain cancer. His widow, Mary, will be accepting the award in his honor. Mary wanted us to note that she filled out his bio to the best she could. She knows that he was passionate about his time here at Millikin and would have many stories to tell.

Donald G. Harlaub's obituary listing

Name and class year: 

Donald G. Hartlaub, Jr. – Class of 1973

Spouse's name:

Mary A. Hartlaub

Major(s)/minor(s) while at Millikin: 

Degree in Education

Other degree(s), including awarding institutions:

Masters Degree in Science from North Texas State University

Why did you choose to attend Millikin? 

He liked the smaller school atmosphere, away from his home area, and obtained some scholarship monies to attend. 

Please list some of your Big Blue stats and athletic achievements: 


Track & Field

Cross Country

Aside from athletics, what activities did you participate in during your time at Millikin? 

He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, where he met many lifelong friends.

What was your most memorable moment as a Millikin student-athlete?

He made the friendships, the fun times he had, and his track and cross country events.

What MU professor, coach, or staff member made the most significant impact on you, and why? 

Don admired Coach Merle Chapman. He always said Coach taught him so much and was always appreciative and thankful for his time with him. "Coach taught me so much sportsmanship, kindness, and just being a good person to others," he would always say.

What are some of your accomplishments since graduating from Millikin? 

Don was a teacher and coach for 40 years since graduation. He established the Sangamon County Girls BKB Tournament as he saw the need to highlight girls basketball. He co-founded the Honor Roll Classic (Track & Field Meet) in 1981 and is still held today. His passion was Track & Field. He coached several State Champions, including one who made it to the 1980 Olympic Finals. BUT it was always about Don's students and athletes. He received over 300 cards from them.

Apart from supporting the Big Blue, what is your favorite pastime? 

Don loved his golfing. He was in a couple of different golfing groups and prided himself on "how much better he has gotten in retirement." He still coached his grandkids in whatever track or cross-country event they were in and remained involved with local track meets as helping wherever needed. When he wasn't doing all that, we loved to travel.

How has your experience as a Millikin athlete prepared you for professional or personal success? 

Don was always a gentleman and a stickler for the rules. I'm sure his work ethic for basketball, track & field, and cross country also had him disciplined for time management. He also worked part-time to pay for his tuition, so he kept a pretty busy schedule. Throughout all of Don's career, all the coaches would say, "if you want to know the rules and you do not have a book, see Don Hartlaub." All respected him.

What advice would you give to current MU students about preparing for life after graduation? 

Don would tell them, technology is excellent, BUT do not lose the art of communication. Have an excellent work ethic, be ethical, have good manners, pick a good attitude, finish what you start, be kind, be a positive force in someone else's life, help others when needed. These are things he lived by, so I know he would want them passed on to current and future students.

Please list the name(s) and age(s) of your child/ren, as of Oct 2021:

Kristine A. Ford – 41

Brian A. Hartlaub - 39

Please list the name(s) and age(s) of your grandchild/ren, as of Oct 2021:

Paige Ford – 19, Makenna Ford – 17, Karysn Ford – 6

Gavin Hartlaub – 17, Griffin Hartlaub – 15, Grady Hartlaub – 12, Giuliana Harlaub - 5

Name(s) of other family members who have attended Millikin:

Kristine A. Ford – Class of 2011

Brian A. Hartlaub – Class of 2013