Donald George Habig
Owner, Don G. Habig Concrete & Construction, San Clemente
Born 6/23/1926, died at home after a short illness, 5/05/2020, his wife and two daughters present. A second-generation Californian, Don was born in the “roaring 20`s” in Los Angeles and raised in its varied beach neighborhoods. His parents were George Gerry Habig, Los Angeles and Mary Evelyn Ryan, Detroit, Michigan; they eloped to Santa Ana on the 1925 “marriage train”. During the Depression, George married Martha Mae Krause Scott (Don’s brother, James) and Mary married Burtram Cheatham (Don’s brother, Burt and sister, Kathy Cheatham Harnack) thus creating an original blended family.
Don loved work! Little “Donny” baled hay for the neighbors, drove farm equipment and trucks at age 10, tended chickens, rode and cared for horses, started a lawn-mowing business. He bought his own car at 14 for $35, parked it in his friend
s barn so dad wouldnt find out. He rode his bike to Long Beach to body-surf or went to “the Pike” to ride the “Cyclone” roller coaster.
He attended North Hollywood High School, where he enlisted into Cadets of the Army Air Corps during WWII. Three days after graduation in 1944 he reported for duty.
In 1947, Don married Lauralie “Poppy” Robinson of North Hollywood and had three children, Jill Ann (Allan) Mitchell, Tacoma, Joy (Ronald, deceased) Maynarich, San Clemente and Jeffrey (Belinda) Habig, Hanalei. Don began his concrete construction career in the San Fernando Valley and worked from Malibu, West L.A. and the beach cities. He worked on next door neighbors’ patios and movie stars’ pools in the 40
s-50s (Chuck Connors, Sandra Dee, Lou Costello). Later, his work was featured in Sunset Magazine. His career spanned 74 years, including concrete work at Dana Point Harbor, SCHS and San Diego State.
While visiting his parents in the early 60’s in San Clemente, Don needed a tool … so he stopped by the hardware store on Del Mar. There was a sign posted, “Gone fishing at the pier”. Don said, “Can you believe they closed a hardware store on a Saturday? We gotta move here!” So began the Habig Family’s 57-year Shorecliffs era. Don and Poppy were married 27 years — the kids graduated from San Clemente High School.
He married Patricia Powell Nugent in 1979 and they were married over 40 years. As a bonus with “Patty” he blended his family to include Nancy Nugent (Dan, deceased) Ennis, Palm Desert and Timothy (Mary) Nugent, Placerville.
Don is survived by ten grandchildren: Jamie (Star) Habig; Ben Greninger; Rick (Alison) Mitchell; Rebekah (Russ) Mingus; Joshua (Elsie) Mitchell; Mark Maynarich; Melissa (Scott) Harris; Ty Maynarich; Albert Nugent and Abigail Nugent.
Don had twelve great-grandchildren: Skyler Habig; Magdelina, McKim, MaryAlice, Kent, and Quinn Mitchell; Katie, Lucy, and Anthony Mingus; Cash, Cruise and Cane Harris.
He also had several nieces and nephews and their kids.
A memorial celebration will be held after CoVid-19 when family members can travel.