About Donald W. Hunt

Don Hunt was a principle figure in guiding the improvement and growth of both public schools and recreation in Yucaipa from 1946 through the mid-1980s. 

His memory will live on in perpetuity at Crafton Hills College (CHC) through the Donald W. Hunt Memorial Scholarship and through the skills of medical personnel who have benefitted from the scholarship. 

Don Hunt was a building contractor who constructed homes, churches, office buildings and schools across the Inland Empire. He was also a member of the Yucaipa Joint Unified School Board. 

Later he became a member of the San Bernardino Community College District Board of Trustees (1967-1979) where he worked hard to help establish Crafton Hills College.

Don was also a founding member of the CHC Foundation.  He established one of the first scholarships through a substantial gift of property. 

His family and friends ask that you consider helping grow his scholarship fund so more deserving students can be helped to reach their goals.

In 1969 he was elected to the San Bernardino County Board of Education and served there until 1983 when he retired.

Don and his wife Marilyn placed tremendous emphasis on education. Of their four sons, there are four bachelor degrees, four master degrees and three doctorates.

Two of his sons were police officers and two were insurance executives. All of his sons also became teachers either part-time or full-time.

One of his grandsons is a physician, one is in medical school, one granddaughter is a respiratory therapist and one is a psychologist. His other grandchildren are police officers, teachers, lawyers, military and business professionals.  None have benefitted from the scholarship.  

Purpose of the Donald W. Hunt Memorial Scholarship

The purpose of the Donald W. Hunt Memorial Scholarship is to provide scholarships to students majoring in health sciences and medicine.

Don was very specific about whom he wanted to receive the scholarships. They were intended for mature people, not necessarily in chronological age, but mature in the way they believe and act.  

Verifiable results were very important to him. He believed that attaining good grades was important.  But he also understood from personal experience that students often have to balance the academic career with work, family and volunteering.

Those are the people he wanted to help.  

Don reasoned students who have to study hard to get good grades, in other words getting good grades is not easy, and at the same time the student has to balance work, family and volunteering, those men and women demonstrate the dedication and compassion necessary to be an outstanding and caring medical professional.  

It is the balanced life, combined with struggle and hard work, which creates the human compassion necessary to be a superior care giver. 


Student majoring in health-related field; completed 12 units; all letter grades; cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; provided personal service to College or community while attending Crafton Hills College.