• Two Named to High School Alumni Hall of Fame

    Don Mothershead and Jayne Gasperson were named to the Pacific Grove High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame at a pep rally there on Friday, October 11, near the culmination of Homecoming Week. Mothershead is well-known in town as the senior recreation coordinator for the City and as the head of the recent campaign to rebuild the Lover’s Point Swimming Pool. Gasperson, the former Jayne Dix, was mail coordinator for the schools and is an active PG citizen and volunteer.

    mothershead 2Mothershead has worked with the City of Pacific Grove Recreation Department since 1981. Born in Chicago, he has lived in Pacific Grove since the age of four, when his parents retired here after serving on three continents with the US Army. He has been a starter for track meets at Pacific Grove High School for 32 years, ran the City’s youth soccer and basketball leagues for 27 years, still officiates some competitive basketball and has many other ties to the community, in which he and his wife, Rosemarie, raised their three now-grown children. They have two grandchildren.

    He graduated PG High with the Class of 1971. He went on to Monterey Peninsula College and then to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, where he graduated with a degree in physical education and also earned a teaching credential in 1977.

    Mothershead was active in college sports. Returning to Pacific Grove, he taught for four years with the Pacific Grove Unified School District before joining former Recreation Director John Miller in 1981 to create Youth Soccer and Basketball leagues and operate the Youth Center (then called The Rec. Club) in PG. “I am blessed to be tied to the community in many ways,” he says.

    jayne gaspersonGasperson has dedicated her life to her family and community. After graduating from PG High School in 1949, she married her high school sweetheart, who also graduated from PG High.

    Don, with Jayne’s support, went on to a career in the PG Fire Department, retiring in 1984, and then spending 12 years on the PG City Council. He was named to the Hall of Fame in 2010. He died in 2010.

    The couple’s two sons live nearby. Brent lives in PG with his wife Monica; Gary lives in Monterey with his wife Jane. Jayne has four grandchildren: Lia, Joey and Jordan live in PG and Michael lives in Portland, Oregon. They have three great-grandchildren, Bella in PG and Hudson and Harper in Portland.

    Jayne is inspired by her late husband. She says, “I try to follow in his footsteps, volunteering and helping to do all I can to serve our wonderful city; to matter, to be productive and make a positive difference.”

    posted to Cedar Street Times on October 17, 2013

    Topics: Schools


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