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Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2011)
Sun, 2nd Nov '08 2:18 AM


For those of you who remember that song....

RAVENNA, Mich. (WZZM) - Teammates in his bowling league think after rolling a perfect 300 game Don Doane's heart just gave out.

"You get nervous shooting a 300," says teammate Todd Place. "The pressure keeps building," says bowling alley owner Jim Nutt.

Minutes after achieving the life long goal of a perfect game the 62 year old bowler collapsed and died at Ravenna Bowl in Ravenna. "Don just collapsed," says alley owner Nutt. " At first we thought he just fainted." "Then when I rolled him over I realized it wasn't good," says teammate Place.

The teammates say he was giving a high-five minutes before. They tried to revive him but Doane never spoke another word. He died of what was apparently a massive heart attack "He looked fine, reached across the table and gave me a high-five and he fell over," says Place.

"I think he died by the time he hit the floor." Don Doane was a member of the "Nutt Farm" bowling team at Ravenna Bowl for 45 years. His teammates says its strange not to see him on league nights.

"It was like a book, a final chapter," says Place. "He threw his 300 game with all of his friends, gave each other high-fives and it's like the story ended. He died with a smile on his face."

It's like rain on your wedding day, it's free ride, when you've already paid, it's the good advice that you just didn't take, and who woulda thought it'd figure.


Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Sun, 2nd Nov '08 4:27 AM

Before kids, my wife Debbie and I both bowled in organized leagues. I bowled in a men's classic league and Debbie bowled in a Ladies league with her mother and sister. One night, a guy on my team (Eddie) threw a 300 and it was one of the most intense things I've ever been through. Everybody was a nervous wreck, except Eddie. The whole place got a quiet as a church and there was about 300 people there that night. After his twelfth ( is that a word ??) strike, we all went nuts and jumped on him like ball players do when they win a championship. The upsetting thing about his score was that our team actually lost the game by about 50 pins. I would compare a 300 game to a pitcher throwing a no-no or a snooker player running a rack of balls (Gotcha's). Really, it is exciting.

Linenlady  (Level: 159.1 - Posts: 306)
Sun, 2nd Nov '08 6:41 AM

It's called eustress, stress from good or happy events as opposed to distress from bad events. I saw a lot of it when I worked in emergency medical services and the hospital's emergency department. There was a poor man whose wife insisted that he go with her to the casino even though he didn't feel very well. While there, he won a $40,000 jackpot and as they were making a big deal out of it and giving him a check he collapsed. The saddest one I recall was the man who was estranged from his family for most of their growing up years as a result of alcoholism. He got his life back together and reconciled with his daughter. She drove up here from New Jersey to meet him and have lunch and he collapsed at the table. I guess there's something to be said for going out on a high note, at least for the departee.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Sun, 2nd Nov '08 6:45 AM

Having watched how my parents went, I count the 300 guy very fortunate in the way he went. Going after doing something you love and accomplishing a life-long dream. Going without long suffering. Going surrounded by your friends - not alone.

Reminds me of a Kenny Rogers song.

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Sun, 2nd Nov '08 8:44 AM

You picked a fine time to leave me Lucille ???

Glyders  (Level: 160.3 - Posts: 168)
Sun, 2nd Nov '08 8:52 AM

I graduated from Ravenna High School with Don's wife Linda. She was a friend of mine. Very sad.

Spacecat  (Level: 165.0 - Posts: 676)
Sun, 2nd Nov '08 11:46 AM

From the Toronto Sun. Golfer Emil Kjek on November 11, 1994 hit his first hole in one and dropped dead.Took place in Rehoboth Mass.

Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 853)
Sun, 2nd Nov '08 11:59 AM

Wow-- that is sad. And ironic, in the Alanis Morrissette sense of the word!

Tuzilla  (Level: 146.5 - Posts: 3845)
Sun, 2nd Nov '08 9:10 PM

Several years ago a co-worker retired. He attended his retirement party at work, walked out the door and died of a heart attack between the door and plant gate. Sad.

Aquamar  (Level: 187.0 - Posts: 926)
Mon, 3rd Nov '08 1:34 AM

One day my cousin Patti and her husband were visiting Patti's mother at her home. They sat and talked for quite awhile and when it was time for them to leave they both stood up and Patti's husband without a word dropped to the floor. He actually dropped dead and they never found the reason why. This happened about thirty five years ago. I guess some things that happen in life are never explained.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Mon, 3rd Nov '08 6:04 AM

Wow. That is amazing they never knew why.

The Kenny Rogers song is The Gambler, and the line "the best that you can hope for is to die in your sleep."

Jorboo  (Level: 39.1 - Posts: 141)
Mon, 3rd Nov '08 1:06 PM

There is no easy way to die.

Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2291)
Mon, 3rd Nov '08 1:29 PM

Jorboo - actually there is. I have been a hospice nurse for many years.

Out of pain, not short of breath, at home, surrounded by loving family and have a strong faith that something better is coming.

Also, having the opportunity to talk to someone who has come across to walk you over (and I have seen this hundreds of times) often help in the passing.

Trust me, not everyone has to died in pain and afraid.

Dropping dead after bowling a 300 is pretty cool too.

Jorboo  (Level: 39.1 - Posts: 141)
Mon, 3rd Nov '08 1:51 PM

One nurse to another, The hospice experience is more for the family. The dead have not came back and told us how much they enjoyed "their journey." I do not want to sound cynical but my life experience has made me angry and bitter. In the last 19 months I have lost a husband, two sisters, and my daughter. I no longer believe in anything.

1mks  (Level: 221.1 - Posts: 5930)
Mon, 3rd Nov '08 2:31 PM

I am extremely sorry for your pain.

Headylamar  (Level: 154.6 - Posts: 740)
Mon, 3rd Nov '08 2:55 PM

Oh Jorboo,

I am so, so sorry to hear of your losses. We've all had someone near to us pass away, I'm sure. But I can't hardly wrap my brain around how hard this time has been for you. My very deepest sympathies to you.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Mon, 3rd Nov '08 3:36 PM

Definitely your losses have been too much for anyone to have to bear. I'm so sorry.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Mon, 3rd Nov '08 8:19 PM

Genny - words can't begin to express my sympathy. There's no way to relate to that kind of sadness and heartache. I'm so very sorry.

When my dad died, I was remembering the verse that says God never gives us more than we can handle with His help. And at that time of pain, I decided it was hogwash, because I wasn't handling it. I guess after just a lot of time passed, I finally have. I'm sitting here alive and still working and paying bills.

But the fact that you are still putting one foot in front of the other and surviving day to day, working through that kind of pain, makes you a hero in my book. You have more courage in the fingernails you cut off than I have in my whole body.

And it makes me feel ashamed that I was so weak, next to the light of your courage.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Tue, 4th Nov '08 10:14 AM

Oh Genny,
I'm so so sorry for all your losses, and didn't know
that your daughter had died in March. We knew
that she was in danger and we prayed for her - but I
never heard that she had died. I hope you and Jordyn
are a comfort for each other.
And I will pray that you will soon find Peace and Hope
for the Future in your heart again
Jank is are the very definition of a Hero.

I have this saying....
Expecting Life to be fair - is like hoping the bull won't
charge....because you're a vegetarian.

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