TRAGIC: Toogoolawah feedlot owner Don Coleman is being remembered as a strong member of the community after he tragically lost his life on the Brisbane Valley Highway last week.
TRAGIC: Toogoolawah feedlot owner Don Coleman is being remembered as a strong member of the community after he tragically lost his life on the Brisbane Valley Highway last week. Ian Langton

Truck driver remembered as a great member of the community

THE truck driver killed in a fiery crash in the Somerset region last week is being remembered as a "gentleman" and a "wonderful man".

Don Coleman was tragically killed in a truck roll-over on the Brisbane Valley Highway near Yimbun last Monday.

A statement released by his family said Mr Coleman was a "well-known and respected local identity".

Mr Coleman was the owner of the Toogoolawah Feedlot and had been in the feedlotting business since the early 1980's and his family in the Brisbane Valley area since 1842.

He regularly sponsored events at the Toogoolawah Golf Club, and the family statement said he was a community man.

"Don was very involved in and proud of his local community," the statement read.

"He was a wealth of information on its history and loved nothing more than sharing information and telling stories of past events.

He also sponsored and supported the local Shows at Toogoolawah and Esk, the local Clay Target Club and Pistol Club, as well as Toogoolawah State High School.

One of the sporting houses at the School is Coleman House - named after his family.

He is being remembered as a family man, with many passions.

"His passions were his business, stock horses and cattle, particularly Angus, and shooting, but for his family he would do anything," the statement read.

He is survived by his wife, Dona, and daughters Cryss and Kate, his sister Jocelyn and her husband Danny, his daughter Kellie and Doug and Zoe, his sons Cameron with Nicole and Chase, Tony and Sarah and Allan.

The was an outpouring of sadness on social media to the news of his passing.

Louise Teske described him as "A wonderful local who will be missed by many."

Carli McConnel echoed the sentiment: "Very sad, a great member of the community."

As did Katie N Danny McLaughlin: "Such a gentleman and wonderful man such a big loss for them and the Toogoolawah community."



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