Carl Weatherton was a golden coach during the golden era of sports at Winslow High School. His talented, smooth as silk baseball teams played before enthusiastic supportive crowds at Vargas Field.
The men who played for Weatherton remember him as a master teacher of the game who commanded respect and demanded their best efforts. He had their love and admiration throughout his lifetime. Many became life long friends after their playing days were over.
Weatherton was the top assistant for legendary WHS football coach Emil Nasser. The two spent many hours together honing some of the most feared prep teams in Arizona. Carl was largely responsible for the stingy defense played by those Bulldog elevens. He was also the first golf coach at Winslow High School.
My love for baseball and the fact that we both taught at Winslow Junior High School made my friendship with Carl a natural. He introduced me to the game of golf, a sport I came to love as much as baseball and liked to play better. He loved that game and the people who played it loved him.
One can't think of golf in Winslow without thinking of Carl and Stance Kolomitz, Bob and Tommy Laycock, Doc Frame, Sid Monday, Dr. Beckwith, Warner Leppin, Buddy Pate, Don LeGate, Archie Meikle, Royal Smith and many many others who loved the game and the coach.
Carl has been gone from Winslow for many years now. He lived what are usually called the "golden years" on a golf course in Peoria. His real golden years, though, were spent here in Winslow teaching our youth the games he loved.
He might have stayed in Winslow had the city managed to keep the fine Desert View Golf Course where he taught the game. The city allowing that facility to slip away and failing to make a go of the new course were two of his biggest disappointments.
Carl Weatherton died on March 23 of congestive heart failure, probably caused by years of treatment for the arthritis that plagued him much of his life. He left a wealth of friends and admirers, most of whom are better people for having known him.
Most of us never said it when he could hear it, but I will say it now for all of us, "We loved you, Carl Weatherton."