FARGO — Longtime Fargo Shanley golf coach Don Johnson died Thursday, Oct. 3, according to a death notice received by The Forum.

Johnson, who was 77 years old, was diagnosed with leukemia in August. He died in his home under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Johnson, who retired last summer, coached boys and girls golf at Shanley for more than 30 years. He led the Deacons girls golf team to three consecutive state titles from 2005 to 2007.

"He loved working with the kids," Shanley athletic director Michael Breker said Thursday. "He loved making them better golfers. He loved making them better people. ... He was a staple here for lots of reasons."

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Mark Johnson, Don's son and the head golf pro at the Fargo Country Club, posted this on his Facebook page Thursday.

"Thank you for all the prayers and well wishes for my dad and our family," Mark Johnson wrote. "Don passed early this morning after living an extraordinary life. He fought the good fight, finished the race and kept the faith. He's now in the loving arms of Christ our Savior."

The Deacons recently won the East Region girls championship and the team had Don Johnson on its mind. Shanley then finished in third place at the Class A state tournament earlier this week.

"I think we are still his team," Shanley senior Julia Wold said. "We want to make him proud."

Arrangements are pending with Wright Funeral Home.