05/17/2017 2:11PM

Emerald Downs trainer Don Munger dies at 93


Don Munger, who bred, owned, and trained horses in Washington state for more than seven decades, died of congestive heart failure Monday. He was 93. His assistant trainer, Niccolo Troiani,will take over the training of his stable.

Munger, a World War II veteran who was injured in the battle of Iwo Jima, was off to a strong start at the meet, winning three races from 21 starts.

“Don Munger was a humble gentleman who made numerous contributions to Washington racing,” Emerald Downs president Phil Ziegler said Monday. “Thoroughbred racing lost an icon.”

A grave-side service is set for 1 p.m. Pacific on Saturday at Evergreen Memorial Park in Enumclaw, Wash. Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Weeks Funeral Home in Buckley.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Wanda; a son, Tyler Munger; and daughters, Dawn Marie Dickson and Debbie Keys.

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