CRYSTAL FALLS—Donald Boulanger has been selected as “Crystal Falls Citizen of the Year” by the Crystal Falls Lions Club.
Boulanger will be honored at the annual Citizen of the Year banquet set for Saturday, May 5, at the Westwood II here.
Boulanger, who came to the Crystal Falls area in 1950, taught shop at Forest Park High School and was also a member of the Crystal Falls City Council.
In 1994, he was one of the members of the All American City Awards Committee.
In September 2011, he was one of six county veterans who were part of the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., to see the World War II Memorial.
Upon his return, he spoke to four groups of students and to the men’s breakfast group at his church about his experience on that flight.
He has been an active volunteer at the Harbour House Museum here, where he wrote a story called “A Walk Down Superior Avenue in 1950.”
He also volunteers at the Iron County Medical Care Facility, helping with the music entertainment, and at Christ United Methodist Church here.
He is a member of the Crystal Falls Lions Club and in 2005 was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship award.
When two older school buildings were demolished a number of years ago, Boulanger took an interest in the historical statues and busts that adorned the schools’ hallways.
He spent many hours researching and restoring more than 25 historical and priceless statues that had been presented by classes to the school in the early part of the 1900s that were about to be lost.
He took it upon himself to see that these statues were recognized and restored to places of prominence.
He has also spent countless hours developing the archive room, which houses many old ledgers, payroll records and board minutes from the early 1930s, along with school bonds from 1899.
Old books and trophies were saved as part of the history of the school, thanks to his efforts.
Boulanger has volunteered his time on several occasions to speak to students and share his knowledge of life, noted a local resident in her nominating letter.
“Don’s lessons go further than the classroom,” she wrote. “He is an avid gardener and is very experienced in the art of grafting trees, which he is always trying to teach others to do.
“This goes along with his love of nature and the sportsmanship he shows in his diligence in following the law and order of nature in the ‘hunt’ – whether it be for turkeys or deer.”