The retirement party was held indoors Sunday at Dawson’s Tavern along South Tacoma Way, but the setting was not so dark that the red glow of Don Mojean could be hidden.
Mojean looked like a man who had spent more than four decades in the golf business on a course – outside.
Except now, Mojean, 61, has been months away from Allenmore Golf Course, the place where he had been a stalwart in the pro shop for much of his 42 years of service.
Instead, these days amid the rare appearance of sunshine, he had been spending his time away as a volunteer coach for the Stadium High fastpitch team.
But on Sunday, 50 to 60 friends, past and present-day club members and family gathered to salute the congenial man who was retiring from golf.
As he was presented a crystal memento, one that addressed him as Don “Mo the Pro” Mojean, chants of “Mo” rung through the two-room bar as he made his way up to say goodbye – officially.
The Mojean era started early in the summer of 1969 when the college student was hired as part of the greens crew to oversee the manually-operated water system at night under superintendent Arne Smith.
The next year, he was hired to close out late-afternoon tee times from the pro shop under the late Oscar “Ockie” Eliason.
That is where he would stay – first as Eliason’s assistant, and then after the longtime pro retired in 1986, he became the head man.
So why so long as the same place?
“Part of what was myself – I didn’t want to go anywhere else,” Mojean said. “And part of it was they were happy with how the operation was going.”
Over the years:
* Best club golfer he saw: “Dave York. He could flat play the game, had a ton of talent, and he knew how to compete.”
* Favroite hole: “No. 13 (a 345-yard, par-4), I think it is more of a thinker’s hole, not just get up there and blast it.”
Mojean said he will spent quality time with family for the time being, but would like to get back into the golf business – something away from the public.