We have all heard the term “every Tom, Dick and Harry.” The Del Norte Warriors had their own Tom, Dick and Harry, except they were a little out of order.
Chronologically, the three March brothers appeared in the blue and gold of the Warriors as Dick, Tom and Harry. I had the privilege of being a teammate of both Dick and Tom March, but not both as Del Norte Warriors.
Dick was my teammate as a Warrior when we were both seniors. When I returned to Humboldt State after a two-year tour in the Army, I was able to have Tom as a teammate on the Lumberjacks baseball team.
Tom started his Warrior athletic career on the varsity football team as a sophomore playing for coach Tex Gatlin. He became a solid member of the offensive line. As a starter in his junior year he helped Del Norte achieve a 6-3 record, which included a big win over the Eureka Loggers.
We sometime forget that every offensive play starts with the center, so you better have a good one. Tom was a good one. He also took his talents to the Warrior baseball field, where he was the Warrior catcher.
Tom was also a well-respected student leader and held several class and student body offices. He was elected president of the freshman class, which started his student political career that ended with his being elected student body president as a senior. Tom was very active in the “D” Club, the varsity letterman’s club.
After graduating from Del Norte, Tom enrolled at Humboldt State, where he continued his football and baseball career for the Lumberjacks.
Tom, like many of us from that generation, went into the Army. He was sent to Fort Riley, Kan. While there, he played baseball and football, only the football was the flag game.
After his service tour he returned to Humboldt to complete his education. When he finished at Humboldt, he moved to Southern California.
Tom is now retired and lives in Menifee, Calif., with wife, Carolyn. She was a 1956 Warrior graduate — Carolyn Williams ‚ who also went to Humboldt and became an elementary schoolteacher and administrator before retiring.
I got to know Carolyn well because she taught in the same school district I was in and our daughters were high school friends. Sometimes it is a small world.
Dick Trone writes on his reflections and the history of Del Norte High sports. He played football for the Warriors and graduated in 1951, later serving as the school’s football coach for a number of years.