March 25, 2004. Don's 62nd birthday outing with Rex Harrod, Gary
Hess, and Carl Morrison.
The photos, above and below, were from a
trip Don and I, with Don Roe and Chris Guenzler, took to Nevada
Northern Railway's "Steam in Winter" December 4, 2004. The photo
below was taken in the cupola of a caboose. Don drove his
black Ford Explorer and we had a little snow in the parking lot in Ely,
Nevada. It was then that I realized that Don had never driven in
snow or ice before. We got him through it unscathed. As I
look back at the photos now, I am not sure I have a photo of Don
when he looked happier. We were both 62 and near retirement from
teaching at the time. Don would attend car shows, taking many
photos of cars he wanted to model, and always had triple prints made
and would share them at our teachers' lunch table.
On that December, 2004 trip to Ely,
Nevada with Don, they duplicated a historic scene for photographers,
above. Don took this photo and I used it with his permission in
my report. I froze out and left before they got the lights to
work, but Don hung in there and got this excellent photo.
Don with our son Matthew, Don Roe, April Roe, Sue Morrison, and me.
December 2, 2012.
Don attended our son, Matthew's Masters Degree Organ Recital at Azusa
Pacific University. April 13, 2014
I invited Don on an Amtrak Coast Starlight trip to Seattle when I was
on a reporting assignment for TrainWeb.com. That was May 8, 2006.
Even though we had some delays, Don always had a book to read or notes
to make. Seattle train trip May, 2006.
On the Seattle trip in the Pacific Parlour Car, Don with his railroad
atlas and his usual cup of tea. May, 2006.
Mutual friend, Gary Hess, took us on some great flights out of Long
Beach Airport. June 4, 2014
On another assignment for TrainWeb.com, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum
& Bailey Circus Train, I always get 4 tickets to the circus and one
year we took Don on the 4th ticket. July 29, 2011.
Gary Hess, left, Don, Gary's grandson, Ethan, and I had another outing to the
Iowa in Long Beach. July 18, 2013
The last outing that Don, Gary, and I went on was to the Autry Musuem
in Griffith Park on March 25, 2015 to celebrate Don's 73 birthday.
From John Ackerman:
Here are a couple of photo's.
1. Don Drummer at the 1985 MAC Show in Anaheim, John
A. Ackerman photo
2. Wayne Hulsey and Don Drummer at 1990 model show, Pomona
Fairgrounds. John A. Ackerman photo
3. Don was an avid member of the Southern California
Chapter of the IAAM (Int'l Assoc of Automotive Modeler's). This was
taken at a meeting at Schroeder's Speed Shop, Burbank, date UNK.
Left to right: Jim Waters, Steve Amos, Gene Parrill, Wayne Hulsey, Dale
Ackerman, Don Drummer, Carmen Schroeder, and
For almost 20 years, Don, Wayne, and Gary, along with a periodic few
others, would meet at my house on Monday nights to work on models.
Sometimes these evenings were relegated to solving problems, reading a
ton of monthly magazine that Don would bring over and in general enjoy
a variety of treats, including a Polly's pie brought by Don.
I met up with Don and Wayne around 1975 when I first began attending
IAAM monthly meetings. Except for Don, we all moved away from one
another and in October 2010 we enjoyed a reunion of Don, Wayne, Gary,
and myself , at the Steam Traction Show in Vista CA
I am on FB--John A. Ackerman-retired Sahuarita
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From John Roese:
My wife (Jan) and I were
celebrating Don’s 65th birthday at Scarantino’s Restaurant in El Toro,
CA. The date is March 23, 2007. A good time was had by
all. Photo by the waiter.
This is a photo of Don (and me in the green shirt) taken at the
Muckenthaler Motor Car Festival Concours d’ Elegance held annually in
Fullerton, CA. The photo was taken on May 18, 2014 by an
acquaintance of Don’s. I don’t remember Don’s friend’s name.
I met Don on the first day of 7th grade (61 years ago!). His
family had just moved to their home on Vassar Ave. in La Mesa.
Our family lived a few blocks away. Cars were a common interest
from the beginning and later on we attended car shows whenever
possible. Don was a lifelong friend and we always thought of him
as a member of our family.
Don’s senior year high school yearbook picture. Don (and I)
from Helix High School in La Mesa, CA in 1960. Don was an
singer and was in the Highlander Choir all through high school.
also a member of a select group called the Choraliers which specialized
in Renaissance era madrigal singing.
Don attended and graduated from San Diego State College (it’s now
called San Diego State University). I believe Don’s major was
Industrial Arts. After graduation and before he started teaching
in Anaheim, it was my understanding that Don spent some time in the
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From Sally Wurtenberg
Don’s heart valve replacement surgery was at Christmas time [and he
stayed in my home during recovery]. Don was Lee’s cousin (my late
husband). His Mother, Doris and Lee’s Father, Henry were brother and
sister. I met Don when Lee and I were married. He was an usher at our
wedding. After my husband died, Don was very helpful to me with
my cars and we would keep in touch and catch up on news over lunch
& a movie. He was a good friend.
Sally Wurtenberg, firstname.lastname@example.org
From Wayne Hulsey:
Don taught in Camarillo for at least a year before coming to Orange
County. I remember us talking about some of his experiences living in a
duplex there with his noisy neighbor, when I would be complaining about
I'm not sure how much time he was in the Peace Corps. Remember him
talking about taking classes in Tagalong. Was always under impression
that he never got out of the training phase, never knew the reason.
If I remember correctly, I first met Don in late 72-early 73 when he was living in an apartment on Western near Ball Road.
Don admiring a Jaguar SS100, one of his favorite cars, at the May 18,
2014 Muckenthaler Concours. This was the last show that we were at
together and think it may have been the last time I saw him.
Wayne Hulsey, email@example.com
From Judy and Craig Herrick:
Faculty Barbershop Quartet at Cypress High School, 1998.
Cypress High School yearbook "mugshot" from the faculty section in 1999.
Cypress High School yearbook picture from 2001.
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From Michael Manning:
The people in the barbershop quartet (3 photos above) were (from left
to right) David Crosby – tenor, Robin Orr – bass, Don Drummer – lead,
and me (Michael Manning) – baritone. I believe that this is a
picture of when we were the opening act of the Cypress High Band’s
winter concert held at Cypress College in December 1997. We would
practice in Don’s classroom after school and Robin would bring in a
portable keyboard to help us learn the songs. We did some
traditional barbershop songs, some barbershop songs with our own
lyrics, as well as some other four-part vocal songs. One of the
barbershop songs with our own lyrics was about our favorite “Tracy”
(Principal, Dr. Tracy Brennan) and another was about WASC (Western
Association of Schools and Colleges – which is responsible for our
school’s accreditation). You can often say in a humorous song
things that probably need to be said, but that might otherwise be
considered inappropriate. We performed at faculty meetings, WASC
meetings, some school music concerts, and an all-district teacher
I have always enjoyed the tight harmonies of barbershop music, and in
my humble opinion, we sounded pretty good. In addition to
enjoying blending our voices together, we were able to get to know one
another better on a personal level. I recall one instance in
which we were practicing in our home. We took a break to enjoy
one of my wife’s delicious dinners. In the conversation, Don
chose to talk about his religious faith. It was more than I had
ever heard him say on the topic. It caused me to appreciate him
even more. I find consolation in knowing that Don is now in the
hands of a loving and just God. Thank you, Don for the good
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From Cheri Cumberworth,
I knew Don through my husband, who passed away suddenly in 2007.
He and Don knew each other through IPMS, and went together to meetings
for many years. Don has been a great help to me, trying to sell
my husband's extensive model collection. He faithfully came to
the Kit Collector shows every 4 months, helping me with prices,
checking if the kits were missing any parts, and helping me to be ok
with selling things at a discount so I could clear the inventory.
His health wasn't good at the last show in March, and he told me he
wouldn't be at the July show, since he would be recovering from
surgery. I was shocked to find out he had passed away in April,
but glad that he was in Heaven with his Lord and Savior, and is now in
perfect health! I look forward to seeing him there in the future.
Thank you, and God's blessings to you!
Cheri Cumberworth (firstname.lastname@example.org)
One of Don's long-time, prize possessions, "1953 Ford Victoria with a
'54 front end" as he described it.
Long-time friends of Don's at his house May 23, 2015 - (left to
right) Phil Hosmer, Wayne Hulsey, Gary Hess, and Don
Couvrette. Photo by Carl Morrison
Don's Commissioned Art Piece, "Working Late" by Mark Hosmer, 2014, Orange County Fair
From Diane Hosmer:
These are the pictures from our Uncle Don's Attic booth in Jamestown,
CA. Jesse, my son (in the photos), learned his love of modeling and all
things Train, Plane and Automobile from his Uncle Don. He loves to hang
out down there when he can to talk about these things close to his
Don was a part of both our son and daughter's growing years into
adulthood and was always supportive. He will ever be a part of them
Messages about Don from Afar:
"He was a good guy with a smile on his face and in his heart." Dawn Yonally, Ph.D.
"A kind and generous man!" Judy Herrick
"I'm so sorry to hear of Don's passing. He was a kind and gentle man." John Chaldu
"My best memory of Don was at each lunch, where we met each day in the
Cypress High School Teacher's Lunchroom from 1995 until my retirement
in 2004. He always prayed before he ate, even though we only had
about 20 minutes to eat and get back to our classrooms. Reminded
me to do the same - he was certainly a good Christian man. Carl
Don cared about all his friends and would send out "Those Who Might
Need to Know" Notices via e-mail, which he later abbreviated to "TWMNTK
Notices" when he would take a road trip. He did not want any of
us to worry if we could not get in touch with him. He also
confided in me that if he met his demise on one of these road trips, we
would know where to come looking for him (luckily that never
happened). He would also send out a TWMNTK notice when he was
back home safely. Carl Morrison
Photos from Don's Memorial Service at The Sanctuary Church
Since Don's Memorial, I have received other memories about Don:
Subject: Don Drummer Remembered
Date: Fri, 18 Dec 2015 17:22:33 +0000
Earlier this AM, I was having a discussion with my girlfriend about
light economics (before coffee) and mentioned there were great teachers
throughout my schooling that got me where I am today. It
was at that point thoughts brought me back to elementary through
graduate school thinking of my favorite instructors.
One of the greats was Mr. Don Drummer and he was in my thoughts today.
A few stories I remember from Ball Jr. High School (Somewhere between
1976-1978) in perhaps 7th or 8th grade where Mr. Drummer was our
There were times in class when Mr. Drummer would display his being very
upset, raise his voice and then storm out of the classroom. Soon
thereafter, he would walk right back in and jokingly say to everyone,
first pausing to add tension to the air, then note - "have a nice
weekend"! Of course, he wasn't really upset and it was an act -
or better yet, great acting!
Another time, we had a student that had gone overboard with some drugs
- literally, pills were coming out of his pocket and on to the drafting
table. Mr. Drummer handled the situation like a true
professional, walking the student away to I imagine the nurse station,
but then telling all of us something along the lines of "we're all
human and sometimes we make mistakes - let's hope it works out for
I believe Mr. Drummer also ran for office once in Anaheim.
Perhaps it was city commission or something like that. He would
bring his Don Drummer for X placards into the office and encourage all
of us to get our parents to vote for him!
Finally, in looking through this wonderful remembrance web page, I
noticed I have something in common with one of Don's friends, attending
Helix High School in La Mesa, CA!
Look me up in Vero Beach, Florida should your travels ever take you over to the Treasure Coast.
Rest in Peace, Don Drummer.
Don was standing by my side when I took
this photo December 5, 2004. We were attending Nevada Northern
Railway's "Steam in Winter" with Don Roe and Chris Guenzler. It
was the greatest photo safari I have ever been on because it was with
my friend and colleague, Don Drummer.
I imagine Don looking down on us now
from Heaven and waving his appreciation, in his understated way, for
all the Hosmer's are doing to make sense of all his affairs and
(This photo of Don was taken May, 2006 when he and I were on an Amtrak
Coast Starlight trip to Seattle. He was in the Pacific Parlour
Car, second level, and I was standing on the Los Angeles Union Station
Respectfully submitted, Carl Morrison.
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