Dick March shined on, off Del Norte playing fields

By Dick Trone May 13, 2013 04:04 pm

We have all through the years heard the term “every Tom, Dick and Harry.” The Warriors did that even better. They had their own Tom, Dick and Harry. Our Tom. Dick and Harry’s last name was March, and all were excellent Warrior athletes. 

Dick, the oldest of the March brothers, was a very special teammate of mine. We both graduated in 1951 and have been lifelong friends. 

Dick played his freshman year for our close neighbors, the Brookings Bruins, while I was playing for the Warriors. As a freshman, I played against Dick in basketball in Brookings. He got the best of the contest as the Bruins won. As a sophomore, Dick transferred to Del Norte, where he played the rest of his career.While a Warrior, Dick played football, basketball, baseball and track. We were teammates in all of these. While a Warrior he was the member of three Humboldt-Del Norte baseball championships.

Dick was also very active in student body activities, and between his junior and senior years was selected as the local representative to Boys State at Sacramento. He was also very active in the “D” Club, which was the varsity lettermen’s club.

After graduation, Dick attended Humboldt State University for two years. He then entered the Army during the Korean Conflict. After serving his country, he went into the insurance business with Jerry Clausen. Jerry was not a Warrior graduate, but even though he graduated from Ferndale we still claim him for all he did for Warrior sports. Dick worked in the insurance business in Santa Rosa for many years until he retired and returned to Crescent City. Dick had three sons, and guess what their names are? Richard, Thomas and Harry. 

Dick recently passed away, and old teammates and Warrior fans will miss this fun-loving Warrior with the great sense of humor. I know I will.

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.