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Beloved Lynbrook baseball coach Don Roth dies at 80

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Longtime Lynbrook resident Donald H. Roth died on Feb. 28 after a long battle with cancer. He was 80.

Roth attended Lynbrook Public Schools and was a star baseball player at Lynbrook High School. He attended Wake Forest University on a baseball scholarship, earning his bachelor’s degree. He went on to the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill for his master’s degree in education and was a member of the ROTC. After graduation, he enlisted as a lieutenant of the U.S. Army and was sent to Korea during the Korean War.

Upon return, he accepted a position to teach health class and driver’s education in the Lynbrook Public Schools. He delighted in mentoring and advising students in both academic and extra-curricular activities. Roth was a long time beloved baseball coach, earning him the title “Coach Roth,”which is still used by his former students, and “Coachie” to his grandchildren.

Due to restrictions imposed by Covid-19, there will be no wake or religious services at this time. A memorial service celebrating Roth’s life will be held when possible.

Roth is survived by his daughter, Jane Sloan (Prentice Sloan); his son, Timothy Roth (Annmarie) and his grandchildren, Parker, Lily, Ashley and Kelsey.

In lieu of flowers, the Roth family requests a donation be made in Don’s name to St. John Incarnation Lutheran Church , 13 Blake Ave., Lynbrook, 11563