Most Del Norters that are fairly new to our area probably associate the name Hemmingsen with the construction business or maybe with local politics. Old Warrior fans look at the name in a totally different light.
Gerry Hemmingsen, while he is in the construction business and is a member of the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors, is better remembered by old Warrior fans for his exploits in blue and gold athletics. Gerry graduated with the class of 1970. While a Warrior he excelled in both football and wrestling. He played football under coach Dale Thomas and wrestled for coach Ron Kunstal.
I had the privilege of talking to both of Gerry’s coaches. Coach Thomas’ last comment to me was “I could talk all day about Gerry. He was one of those real special young men.”