Our shipmate, Don
Monical, relinquished the watch and went on Eternal Patrol 26 September 2009 after
a courageous and painful battle with cancer. The announcement was made before the Annual BBQ commenced by his
friend and our Base Commander, Paul Wright.
Don qualified on the USS BONEFISH
(SS-582) in 1967. No obituary was available on Don at the time of the
newsletter writing. Don will always be remembered as a great shipmate with a real gusto for life. He will be
missed but not forgotten.
Goleta CA: Donald Wayne Monical passed away peacefully on Sept. 24, 2009. He was
born Aug. 3, 1947, in Aiea, Hawaii, to Russell and Marietta Monical. Don was a Veteran of the United States Navy
Submarine Service, having served in the Vietnam War. He qualified on the USS Bonefish (SS-582) in 1967 and was a
SK2(SS) when he left the Navy. After 37 years, he also retired from the U.S. Postal Service. He is survived by his
daughter, Julie Monical and grandson, Nico Velasquez of Long Beach; his son and daughter-in-law, Justin and Tami
Monical and their two daughters, Mikaela and Mickenzi of Joshua Tree; his former wife Scoti Soard of Lancaster; and
longtime companion, Sandy Evans of Carpinteria. Don was known as the "Candyman" of Nordoff High School (Ojai)
football games during the 1990's. In retirement, Don gained immeasurable pleasure traveling, spending time with his
dog Koa at the Island Brewing Company and greeting visitors to Carpinteria as a City Host volunteer. As a
Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, he was honored as the 2007 Volunteer of the Year.