The volleyball community lost one of the great ones and our area lost one of our legends Friday night. Donny Killian passed away from complications from pneumonia. He was surrounded by his four children as well as his entire family at his death. He was 57 and had survived two major cancer operations.
Donny was an outstanding athlete who was an All-County basketball player as a junior for Coach Tandy Gillis' 1970 Corona del Mar Sea Kings. He could run, jump, shoot, and most importantly, play the hard-nosed defense that Tandy's teams excelled at. The 1971 season looked even more promising with sophomore phenom Casey Jones joining the varsity until Killian's season was ended with a torn ACL injury.
With the expectation of rehabbing, Killian committed to play basketball at UC Irvine. After spending a year rehabbing, the knee had not regained its previous strength. It appeared that Donny would not continue his athletic career at the NCAA level.