Donald Haselfeld Obituary Print
Donald J. Haselfeld was a longtime supporter and a protagonist in the campaign to close down the SOA/WHINSEC. He will be remembered by his family and friends as a loving father, a generous soul, and a social activist committed to justice and human rights. He crossed the line at Ft. Benning during the annual “Vigil to Close the SOA” on two occasions, first in November 2001 and the again in 2002. He subsequently spent 6 months at Lompoc Federal Prison Camp for protesting the SOA/WHINSEC. He also participated in peacemaker delegations to Colombia and Palestine and remained an active member of SOA Watch West until the day of his passing.

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Don passed away quietly in his room on May 1 at the age of 81. Don is survived by his son Mark; daughter-in-law, Georgia, and by hundreds of fellow prisoners of conscience and activists who knew him for his tireless work for School of the Americas Watch and on behalf of the poor, oppressed, and disenfranchised in other parts of the world. He was born in Arizona on February 2, 1926 and lived in Arizona and California. He served in the Army Air Corps as a control tower operator and later attended L.A. City College. After moving to San Francisco in the early 1970s, Don was able to retire from the City of San Francisco Parks Dept. and devoted his time to creative writing, personal education, and social activism. St. Ignatius became his central spiritual home and was a major focus of his daily life and a place where he was well-known and made numerous friends.

SOA Watch West celebrated Don's life on Saturday, May 12, at St. Ignatius Church in San Francisco. Bob Nixon and Guadalupe Chavez gave the eulogy. A reception followed and more stories of Don's life were shared among his family and friends.