The David J. Drakulich Art Foundation:
For Freedom of Expression

gratefully accepts Donations in honor and memory of Duke Drakulich

Many thanks to the following Donors!
Brian and Lilian Dwight
Otto Schulz
Mr. and Mrs. William Wallace
Chan Griswold
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Kimbrough
Dr. and Mrs. Anthony Lesperance
Elisabeth Kautsky
Joseph and Tina Drakulich
 
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Altick
 

Duchan Joseph Drakulich was born on August 30, 1923 to Jovon (Joe) and Julia Drakulich in Kimberly, White Pine County, Nevada, and was raised in nearby Rieptown, a small and rugged mining community comprised of both a multicultural and multiethnic society.

Duke married Asunting (Ina) Caviglia after being discharged from the Army in 1945 and moved to Reno, where they raised their nine children. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a degree in education and a minor in biology in 1949.

In 1951, he started teachingt at Bishop Manogue High School and also took on the duty of coaching football, basketball and track. He later taught and coached at Sparks High School and Proctor Hug HIgh School.

Some of Duke's coaching accomplishments included having the first football team to be fully outfitted with face masks (1954), coining the term “red zone” and developing a unique single wing offense which he named “THE TANDEM.”

After concluding his coaching career in 1970, Duke went to work for the State of Nevada in the Department of Manpower Planning under the administration of Governor Michael O’Callaghan.

Despite his retirement from coaching, Duke continued with his research in athletic motivational equipment. His research led to a number of patented inventions which are still in use by both professional and major college football teams
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In 1993 he was inducted into the Manogue High School Hall of Fame.

Duke died on December 12, 2012. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Asuntina (Ina). He was also preceded in death by his mother and father; brothers and sisters: Vaso (Bill), Della, Ann, Milon, Steve, Sam, Nick, Sophia, Dorothy and Stanley, his daughter, Andrea Manor (Dennis), and his grandson Sargeant David Drakulich.
He is survived by his sister Jennie Yeland, his eight children, Damon Drakulich, Paula Kimbrough (Mark), Victor Drakulich (Linda), Julie Roberts (Edgar), Gene Drakulich (Kathleen), Denise Altick (Joe), Joseph Drakulich (Tina), and Marie Heydon (Tim), as well as twenty one grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Duke’s friendship and leadership will be sorely missed, but his legacy will live on.