Weldon Donaldson passed on Friday, May 23, 2014. He has been a fighter for the past several months and never gave up; he continued to work up until his final days.
I had the pleasure of getting to know Weldon over the past 8 years and always remember his resilient demeanor. He had an undeniably sweet nature that attracted great people to his inner circle.
As Executive Director of the Mile of Cars for the past 20 years, he led a vibrant car dealers association with great enthusiasm, resolve, and connectivity to the National City community. Weldon Donaldson shaped the “Mile” brand, making sure it was represented in the best possible light through advertising and marketing.
We owe many successes to Weldon. He served as Vice Chairman of the Board in 2010. Moreover, Weldon was the visionary and Chairman behind the first official National City Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament. Proceeds from the event went toward retiring our building debt and generating funds to continue promoting business development in National City. This year, we will honor him with the inaugural Weldon Donaldson Tribute Award presented to the winner of the 6th Annual Golf Tournament on July 28, 2014 at the Coronado Municipal Golf Course.
Weldon stood strong behind our historic Automobile Heritage Day car show; he secured the Mile of Cars as title sponsor of the event since its inception 23 years ago. And, his unwavering support of National City’s Salute to Navy luncheon mirrored his passion and respect for military service. As a serviceman, Weldon earned rank of Lieutenant in the U.S. army. He was a soldier at heart.
His community involvement was as tireless as his love for his family and friends. He tried to “retire” on multiple occasions, but remained committed to organizations like Crime Stoppers, the Holiday Bowl, and the San Diego Zoo governing board.
Weldon loved his wife, his children, and shared the many joys of raising his grandchildren too. I always admired his romanticism and strong family values. He was such a sweetheart and brought a smile to everyone in the office.
Weldon was the resounding winner of the 2009 National City Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the year award. He received this honor in great surprise…that’s just the kind of person he was – unassuming, humble, genuine, and sincere.
As the old saying goes “we make a living by what we make, but we make a life by what we give.”
Weldon gave us hope, laughter, motivation, encouragement and a better quality of life. For this we will miss him tremendously and remember him always.