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Former Boys Republic principal Don Bremer (right) is shown with his wife, Carol.

Former Chino educator and local philanthropist Donald D. Bremer died Sunday morning at his home in Oceanside. Services will be held Sunday and Monday January 28 and 29.

Mr. Bremer was a school administrator here for 26 years, the last 14 as principal of Boys Republic High School.

He was born in 1934 in Sioux City, Iowa and received his bachelor’s degree from Wayne State Teachers College in 1958, majoring in education and industrial arts. He and his wife Carol were given the college’s alumni achievement award in 2012.

He served in the Army in 1954 during the Korean War, spending several months at the White Sands missile testing grounds in New Mexico, during which he married Carol, his college sweetheart. He was discharged in 1956 after also serving at the Fort Monroe Nike missile base in Virginia. 

After he graduated he and his family moved to Chino, where Mr. Bremer taught math and drafting while attending Cal Poly University. He received a master’s degree in school administration from Cal State Los Angeles in 1962. In 1966, he became summer school principal, was vice principal at Ramona Junior High from 1967 to 1978, then went to Boys Republic. He was a board member for the Chino Teachers Association and a president of the Chino Administrators Association. He left Boys Republic in 1992 after 35 years in education,

Mr. Bremer was a president of the Chino Rotary Club, a member of the Big Bear Rotary after he and Carol moved there in retirement, and a substantial contributor to the Rotary Foundation and Boys Republic. He was also a member of the Elks and Masonic lodges.

In retirement he spent time on their investment business, which included 345 apartments, homes and a  medical complex in Chino.

Besides his wife of 62 years, Carol, his survivors include three sons, seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren and a sister.

Viewing will be held Sunday, Jan. 28, at Forest Lawn in Covina. A celebration of life and reception will be held the next day at the First Christian Church of Pomona. 

 

 

 

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