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Donald Emmanuel Kane ’50 lived joyfully and died unexpectedly on July 24, 2011 from a ruptured aortic aneurysm. Don was born and raised in San Francisco. He graduated from Galileo High School where he excelled in both academics and athletics, earning him a basketball scholarship to the University of Santa Clara. He graduated from Santa Clara with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Don was later inducted into the Galileo Sports Hall of Fame. He was noted for his unbroken school record in the high hurdles and for never losing a race in four years of high school. He remained a long time member of the school’s athletic support group, the Bronco Bench. Between high school and college, Don served one year in the United States Navy at the end of World War II. He had a long and successful career in the corrugated box industry, managing plants for Owens Illinois and National Container Corporation. In 1966, with three partners, he founded MARK Container Corporation where he served as President and CEO until retiring in 2000. Don was preceded in death by his first wife Doreen (Yates) Kane, son, Steve Kane and son, Rick Kane. He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years Joan (Nystrom Grover) Kane, daughter, Cheryl Kane, daughter, Candice (Kane) Railsback (and her sons Randy and Dylan), son, Mike Grover (wife Kara and sons Wesley and Aaron), son, Bob Grover (wife Laurie and son Brian), daughter Carrie (Grover) Fross (and her daughter Natalie and her children Liliana, Jesse and Isabella), son Chuck Grover (wife Shannon, daughter Katelyn, son Kevin). For over 57 years, Don was very active in Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Castro Valley. This included coaching CYO basketball and heading the Saint Vincent De Paul Society chapter. Don was a great husband, great father, great friend and a pretty good golfer. He was extremely gregarious and generous. He loved to talk with people and to help whenever he could. He maintained friendships for a lifetime including his friends from high school and college. He and his frequent phone calls will be greatly missed by all who knew him.