ECCO Equipment Corp.
1417 N Susan St.
Santa Ana, CA 92703
Phone: (714) 554-4851
Don Schmid Bio
In 1958, he made two decisions that would shape the rest of his life: to marry Martha “Marty” Anderson and to create a little construction company called ECCO. His relationship with Marty began awkwardly when he announced at their introduction that she was a freeloader. Somehow he later convinced her to go out with him and they spent the next 50 years raising four kids, traveling the world, becoming doting grandparents, and serving their community. During the same 50 years, his construction company morphed into the 24th largest rental company in North America.
Once his family and company were well established, Don started his involvement with various civic organizations. He ran for a seat on the Tustin School Board in 1968, but his natural inclination to tell the truth made him an unpopular candidate. Other organizations, however, saw the advantage of having a straight shooter on their team, and he joined the boards of Eldorado Bank, AGC of California, and the Orange County Council Boy Scouts of America, among others.
Don loved dancing, card games (not poker), word games, board games, travel, and more recently, golf. And his favorite way to do these things was with Marty and his kids and grandkids. He was too restless to enjoy spectator sports.
His battle with cancer began in 2003 with a diagnosis of 4th stage melanoma. He underwent round after round of chemotherapy and radiation with good results. Then they found cancer of the salivary glands, and when he beat that they found cancer in his spine. He was active to the end, taking several international trips in the last year. In November, he was honored by the construction industry for 50 years of achievements. He passed away peacefully at home on January 23, 2009.
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