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Giving Back to the Graham Family

A tragic event.

Don Graham was a long time Denver-area official, scheduler and former board member with CIHRA. Don also officiated in Wyoming and his home-state of Montana. He moved back to Montana just a year and half ago following a change in employment. Don is married to wife, Jana, and has two boys Dustin and Tanner. Dustin is a Denver-area official. Tanner lives with his mother in Montana. Among Don’s interests away from the rink were his passions for skydiving and road cycling.

Over the Memorial Day weekend, while riding his bike in Glacier National Park, Don suffered a sudden and unexpected cardiac event. He was riding alone and was found unresponsive alongside the road by another cyclist. Tragically, Don was pronounced deceased.

Many referees at CIHRA were very close with Don. While Don has not worked hockey games in the metro area in the recent year and a half, his contributions to the officiating community in Denver is immeasurable. We are all suffering from this tragic loss.

CIHRA will partner with Dawg Nation in a fundraising campaign to provide funds to the Graham family which might assist with financial burdens brought on by Don’s passing.

2 thoughts on “Giving Back to the Graham Family”

  1. I was extremely saddened upon hearing about Don. I was lucky enough to have shared time with him as a co-worker at Schlumberger and biking on the MS 150 rides. I miss him and will always be thankful I had the pleasure of being his friend.

  2. If you were starting a team Don would be your very first
    selection. What a wonderful guy who meant so much to so many people? He taught so many officials how to do things the right way. He really cared about his family, his friends and even people he barely knew. One of the classiest guys I have ever met! He was simply one of the best and my sadness will last forever and ever!

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