June 27, 2013
Donald W. Drageset passed away June 13, 2013, at his home in Nevada City, Calif.
A remembrance of life will be 5 p.m., 12960 Foster Road, Grass Valley, Calif. 95945 on Saturday, June 29. Please bring a favorite dish to share and an easy-to-carry chair. Recommendation: Park at Union Hill School and carpool up Foster Road. A shuttle will likely be available. Please bring a photo or a special written story for the family's remembrance album. The remembrance is casual and will be held in a beautiful outdoor setting. Comfortable shoes are recommended. Contact Donna Thomassen with questions at 530-477-5765.
Don was born to Norman Drageset and Barbara Flynn on July 22, 1940, in Pasadena, Calif.
He is survived by sons Steven Drageset, Scott Drageset, Anders Drageset and his wife Lisa Drageset, and Christopher Kirkpatrick; and eight grandchildren.
Don bought John's Bicycle Shop in Pasadena from his father in 1957, who bought it from his grandfather, Johann "John." The shop was established by John in 1908. At one time it was one of the largest bicycle shops in the world. While there, Don headed up the Pasadena Athletic Association, which produced some of the top riders of the time. In 1980 Don sold the business and moved to Grass Valley. In the mid 1980s, Don bought into a partnership in the Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop, one of the oldest bicycle shops in Northern California. Here, Don took over the position of race coordinator for the Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Race, known now as the Nevada City Classic, one of the oldest yet toughest road races in the country
Don was a kind and loving man who touched the lives of many and will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.