Don Ohlmeyer

  • Born: February 3, 1945
  • Died: September 10, 2017
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Don Ohlmeyer

Legendary TV producer for "Monday Night Football" and NBC…

Don Ohlmeyer, the "Monday Night Football" producer who came up with the phrase "Must See TV" in leading NBC to the No. 1 prime-time spot, died Sunday, according to the Associated Press. He was 72. For full coverage and obituary from, click here.

Condolence & Memory Journal

May the joys you experienced with Don live in your hearts as you rely on God for comfort day by day.

Posted by M A    November 30, 2017

Please accept my condolences on the passing of your husband Don Ohlmeyer. In 1955-56 When Don was in 5th grade at OLPH school in Glenview, I was his 5th grade teacher. There were 63 students in his class - but I have always remembered Don for his inquisitiveness and creativity. One memory is of Don and a classmate using yardsticks to show just how big a whale could be. For some reason, we had been talking about those mammals, and we could not visualize the size in the classroom. That afternoon was my day to monitor the buses that would take students home. Don and a friend used multiple yardsticks to illustrate the size. After all these years (I am now 87 years young), I can still see them laying down those sticks. I also recall that Don was instrumental in bringing the film Cross of Fire (about the KKK in Indiana) to TV. I always told my daughters and husband that Don was "my claim to fame." Rest in Peace! Elizabeth Pape Saum (Evansville, IN)

Posted by Liz Saum - Evansville, IN - teacher   September 25, 2017

God bless your kind and gentle soul Don and love to LJ and 'the boys! I will forever regret not staying in touch with this giant of a man, mentor and good friend from the OCC years in NYC.
All the best,
Doug Werner

Posted by Doug Werner - Asheville, NC   September 24, 2017

It made us very sad to hear about Don's passing. He was a good friend to Steve and me during a difficult time. He was lucky to have you, Linda. Clearly his family meant so very much to him. Simply, he was a good man and we are grateful to have known him.

Posted by Steve & Adrienne Kirkeby - Palm Springs, CA   September 18, 2017

Truly sorry to hear about Don Ohlmeyer's passing. His fine legacy will surely be remembered. I hope to meet him in Paradise! (Luke23:43)

Posted by A friend   September 17, 2017

I had the pleasure of working with Don and his very talented team at NBC Sports. Thanks to Don Ohlmeyer, I was so fortunate to work for his VP of Sports Operations, Don Baer. One of my fondest memories is Super Bowl XV in New Orleans -- I will never forget the wonderful Jazz Cruise hosted by NBC Sports.

Don was always a gentleman, he was always so kind to me. Linda, how blessed Don was to have you by his side. May you, and your beautiful family, all find some comfort in knowing that he is no longer in pain and is now in the very special company of close family and good friends. They missed him, too.

When things settle down, celebrate his wonderful life -- do something happy and uplifting -- maybe a nice Jazz Cruise in his beautiful New Orleans.

Sent with love and heartfelt condolences,

Elizabeth Brady
Manhattan, NY

Posted by Elizabeth Brady - New York, NY - coworker   September 15, 2017

Thinking of your family at this time of profound loss. Especially Drew, a former student and friend with whom I learned more than he may know. Grace and Peace. dhk

Posted by A friend   September 14, 2017


Posted by Valenda Newell - Indianapolis, IN   September 14, 2017

I knew Don from his freshman year at ND. He was often like a brother and my mother was his "house mother" when he lived off campus senior year. So many fond memories. When I ran into him on a plane in 1992 he was amazed that I recognized him. I reminded him of his height and truly anyone looking at his picture who knew him in college would understand that he didn't show his age. I feel blessed that I knew him. Truly a class act.

Posted by A friend   September 14, 2017

I'm truly sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort hear y,our cry and rescue you with comfort and peace during this sad occasion. (Psalms 145:18,19)

Posted by L W - Atlanta, GA   September 14, 2017

I knew Don for more than 40 years and very much liked and respected him. Since I was a journalist covering his network we sometimes bumped heads but we always got over it with our friendship intact. I was very sorry to learn of Don's death and I extend my deepest sympathy to his family. Don was a talented executive, a loyal friend, a devoted husband, father and grandfather and a loving son but most of all he was a very good man. Rest in peace, old friend.

Posted by Ron Alridge - Mint Hill, NC   September 13, 2017

Thinking of you Ohlmeyer Family. May the peace from God that surpasses all understanding comfort your hearts and minds at this time .

Posted by Al - FL   September 13, 2017

Linda, sons, and grandchildren: sending my deepest condolences to you all. May GOD Bless and comfort you in your loss and sorrow. Don Ohlmeyer touched the lives of so many. Don made Sports and entertainment television better. I send my deepest condolences and love to Linda and the entire Ohlmeyer family. GOD Bless you and GOD Be With You All. Susie Shelton

Posted by Susie Shelton - El Paso,, TX   September 13, 2017

I had the opportunity to work with Don when I was the Marine Corps Liaison for Hollywood. I worked with him on ABC movie-of-the-week following the first Gulf War and then he and I crossed paths frequently when move to Pres of NBC West Coast - to include working with him on Bob Hope's 90th Birthday Party there on the NBC lot in Burbank.

He was a mentor and a friend. And was always so very kind to me. To the point that he was one of four people that participated in my promotion ceremony at Nicky Blair's restaurant that pinned the rank of lieutenant colonel on my uniform. It was special having him, my mom, actor Gerald McRaney and retired Marine Corps Major General Don Fulham share that moment with me.

Along with that I'll always remember his favorite quote on his wall in his office at Ohlmeyer Communications that hung next to his many Emmy's - No good deed goes unpunished.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this sad time.

God bless and RIP, Don.
Jerry Broeckert
Lt.Col, USMC (Retired)

Posted by A friend   September 13, 2017

May God grant Don Ohlmeyer family and friends comfort during this time of sorrow your love one was Outstanding Sport Broadcaster and he will surely be missed. Psalm 34;18:19

Posted by M Scott - MD   September 13, 2017

My heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family of Don. May God provide true comfort during this most challenging time. Don was truly an amazing and accomplished person. We will all miss Don very much. With Love & Prayers

Posted by A friend   September 13, 2017

My deepest sympathy to the Ohlmeyer family. He's already missed. Very talented man. May all the wonderful memories of him be comforting to you during this difficult time and may the God of all comfort sustain you during this sad time.(Romans 15:4)

Posted by - GA   September 12, 2017

May the God of all peace bring comfort to the Ohlmeyer family and friends at this difficult time.

Posted by Carlotta    September 12, 2017

My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family pal- you were always a generous & faithful friend to me and my family. Thanks for everything- you changed my life. Rest now in Christ's Peace- till I see you again.

Posted by Michael Miller - Santa Clarita, CA   September 12, 2017

Linda, Don was a good mind and a friend. Barclay Reynolds

Posted by Barclay Reynolds - Boaton, MA   September 12, 2017

From the desert to the sea, he and LJ were always nice and fair to me!
Rest in peace good man.
Chris Comet
Sales Manager
Bentley Newport Beach

Posted by A friend   September 12, 2017

My condolences to family, friends and fans. Cherish the fond memories. Rely on God for endurance and comfort. Romans 15:5

Posted by Lisa P. - FL   September 12, 2017

I join many who might have worked for you or crossed paths and say you made a difference both with your intelligence and your caring. God speed, Don.

Posted by Lathy - Long beach   September 12, 2017

Linda and Family,

Don was always a gentleman and professional and truly a giant in the industry.

Love and Peace,


Posted by Orenthal Simpson - Lovelock, NV   September 12, 2017


Posted by Matthew McGuire - Cheshire, CT   September 12, 2017

To Linda,

I am so sorry to hear of Don's passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this very difficult time. He will be sorely missed, but may happy memories that you treasure of your life together sustain and uplift you in the difficult days ahead.

Love you,

Suzy and Family

Posted by Suzy Franson Sullivan - Woburn, MA   September 12, 2017

I think I do rember lisoning too this Great Man voice I watch alot o football on tv I can't keep track who's talking . So for Don s Family I'm deeply sorry all my Prayers too you.

Posted by M    September 12, 2017

Thoughts of sympathy are with you today at this time of loss. (Numbers 6:24-26 NWT)

Posted by A friend   September 12, 2017

To the family,may your all find strength and peace from Almighty God during this time.

Posted by A friend   September 12, 2017

Sorry for the loss of Don. No doubt, many of his listeners remember with fond memories the times during his broadcasting. We look forward to a time when sadness, such as this will be things of the past.

Posted by A friend   September 12, 2017

We'll miss you !

Posted by Adrian Barnette - Topeka, KS   September 12, 2017

Our prayers and condolences are with family of Don Ohlmeye. He was a visionary with a vision and the courage to try it out. Cherish the many memories that you all shared with him. May Almighty God give you strength, courage, but most of all peace in the

difficult days ahead. I Corinthians 1: 3,4


Posted by A friend   September 12, 2017

During this time of great sorrow and pain, know that you are not alone. May God give your family strength and comfort to help you endure this loss. As you remember your beloved one, may our Father, the God of peace, give you comfort and peace in every way. Please accept my sincere condolences and find comfort in the words found at 2 Thessalonians 2:16,17.

Posted by Verant - NC   September 12, 2017

It can be so hard to face the first year without your loved one, but the love of family and friends can carry you through.

Posted by Andy    September 12, 2017


We are all so sad to hear of the passing of Mr Ohlmeyer. May the Almighty God of comfort be with his family and friends at this time of deep sorrow. We all send our condolences to them and hope that it give them a measure of comfort knowing that we share in their grief. May all of us draw close to God because he really does love us.

Posted by Sally Small - Painesville, OH   September 11, 2017

My heartfelt sympathy to the family on the passing of your love one please accept my heartfelt sympathy for your loss.may the god of all comforts you during this difficult time.

Posted by A friend   September 11, 2017

I worked for Don for 4 years, along with Sandi Beach. He was not always an easy man, but I admired him, and we got along well. Pray that you will finally RIP.

Posted by Karen Leibin (Oliver) - Westlake Village, CA - friend   September 11, 2017

I am so sorry for your loss. May you have Kindness and Peace from God our Father and the lord Jesus Christ. 2cor; 1:2

Posted by A friend   September 11, 2017

My heartfelt condolences to the Ohlmeyer family. May the the scripture at Psalms 119:50 bring you comfort. "{The is my comfort in my affliction, for your saying has preserved me alive). .

Posted by Patricia - NY   September 11, 2017

Please accept my condolences on the loss of your love one.

Posted by A friend   September 11, 2017

May the family and friends of Don Ohlmeyer, Find comfort in knowing that your love one is safe in the memory of God. Who will bring him back very soon.

Posted by A friend   September 11, 2017

To the families and friends of Don Ohlmeyer. I do not know the families personally but we all lose love ones in death. I just want to send my deepest condolences to the families. May God give all of you comfort and peace at this difficult time. Please allow God to strengthen you in your grief.

Posted by Deborah Ellis - Harrisburg, PA   September 11, 2017

We'll miss you !

Posted by Adrian Barnette - Topkea, KS   September 11, 2017

To the Ohlmeyer family, may your spirit be uplifted today by reading(isa.41:10)where God is holding you with his right hand of righteousness....

Joan Kelly.....

Posted by A friend   September 11, 2017

Dear Family and Friends of Don,
It is with sadness that I write this Condolences to you. I know what it is like to loose a loved one in Death. May you find comfort in knowing that thinking of the fond and happy times will keep him alive in your hearts and memory. May the God of all comfort, comfort you during this time of sadness. I also pray for you to have peace. (Isaiah 61:1, 2)

Posted by Reese Franklin    September 11, 2017

May heartfelt condolences to Don's wife and children. Don was truly an amazing and compassionate husband, father & grandfather. We will all miss Don's sportsmanship. When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure in your heart and it lives forever. May the wonderful treasures fill your hearts with love and bring you peace. May God provide comfort and strength during this most challenging time. With Love & Prayers

Posted by A friend   September 11, 2017


Posted by celeste - PA   September 11, 2017

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by - OH   September 11, 2017


Godspeed Don, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   September 11, 2017

My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Don. Rest assured life is precious to our Creator. He promises to act in our behalf.
1 Corinthians 15:26

Posted by Christian    September 11, 2017

Rewrote the script for NBC tv movie "Under Siege" on location in Little Rock after he had the state capitol dome "blown up". Intense. Perfectionist. Made me work very hard as network PR guy on the show. Called daily. Brilliant. We got a 38 share. Won the night. What a guy! Never without a creative thought. RIP. Will never be forgotten.

Posted by Matt Bozek - Tacoma, WA   September 11, 2017

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