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Warrior Memories: Local star now in Safeway’s pharmacy

It is still fun as a long-time Warrior player, coach and fan to be able to go into Safeway and find Hall of Famer Ston Yackamouih still serving the public in the Safeway pharmacy. 

Ston was an outstanding three-sport athlete graduating with the class of 1957. Now this Ston was the middle of three generations of Stons to play for the Warriors.

The first Ston was a runing back on the 1924 Warrior football team and Ston No. 2’s father. I remember his son Ston No. 2 when my dad, Shirley Trone, was his coach on the basketball court at Crescent Elk.

He was recognized as a great shooter and an outstanding ball handler. While Ston was never big and never 
really fast he was always able to get the most from his athletic talents. His high school coach Tex Gatlin referred to Ston as one of the smartest athletes he ever coached.

After graduation Ston went on to the University of California Berkeley, where he studied to be a pharmacist. After graduation Ston returned to Crescent City, where he and a partner, Tom Nichol, operated the 
Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy for many years.

When they closed, Ston took his professional talents to Safeway, where you can still see him a couple of days a week preparing prescriptions and giving professional information to customers. He looks like he can go on forever.

Ston and his wife, Jerry, had a son, Ston, that became the third generation of excellent Warrior athletes. I had the privilege of being one of the third Ston’s coaches. He was an outstanding wide receiver and a real class act as an individual.

Unfortunately he was killed in a tragic accident several years ago. I consider myself very lucky to have personally known all three generations. They spark a lot of wonderful memories.

Dick Trone writes on his reflections and the history of Del Norte High sports.

 


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