Donald Pellmann
Donald Pellmann
Donald Pellmann at the age of 100.
Birth: 12 August 1915
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Death: 11 October 2020
Santa Clara, California, USA
Age: 105 years, 60 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Donald Pellmann (12 August 1915 – 11 October 2020) was an American centenarian athlete.


Early Life

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he was a child of the Great Depression. He had high jumped in high school, where he claims he was "not great," but work soon took priority. He was a tool and die maker and remained at work during World War II. Other than occasional bowling, softball and golf, he was not involved in athletics for 58 years. Meanwhile, he watched his more athletic friends from the football team have failing ankles, knees and hearts. Pellmann never had those kinds of ailments.

Later Life

On 20 September 2015, Pellmann set five world records at the San Diego Senior Games. Competing in the 100 and older category, he ran the 100-meter dash in 26.99 seconds, beating the previous age-group world record held by Japan's Hidekichi Miyazaki by 2.84 seconds. Pellmann became the first centenarian to clear an official height in the high jump. Pellmann also set records in the shot put, discus throw and long jump. Later that week, Pellmann was named USATF "Athlete of the Week".

In 2018, his wife Marge died with whom he had been married for 71 years.

Pellmann died in Santa Clara, California, USA on 11 October 2020 at the age of 105 years, 60 days.


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