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Carlton Senior Living | October 21, 2018 | By Denee Coleman

Resident Spotlight – Don Bordenave

Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Don Bordenave – Don has lived in Northern California all his life and attended Santa Clara University on a football scholarship. In 1950 his team, the Santa Clara Broncos, played in the Orange Bowl and won in an upset against the Kentucky Wildcats. Football continues to be a great passion for Don and he enjoys watching the games on TV.

Don was in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) in college and later joined the Army and served during the Korean War. After the war, Don began a career in education and was a high school teacher and later principal for Santa Clara High School, and also coached football at his alma mater Santa Clara University.

In addition, he served for a time as School Board President. Don and his wife adopted 3 children (1 boy and 2 girls) and now has several grandchildren. Don Bordenave and fellow Carlton Senior Living San Jose resident, Don Callejon, have known each other since high school. Don enjoys taking an early morning walk every day and remains active.


Don’s Hall of Fame profile from the Santa Clara University Bronco Bench Foundation website:

Loyola, Don Bordenave Guard

Image courtesy of Archives & Special Collections, Santa Clara University.

Don Bordenave ’52

  • Sport: Football
  • Years Attended: 1948-1952
  • Orange Bowl Champion 1950
  • Assistant coach for entire Pat Malley era
  • Bellarmine Hall of Fame
  • Inducted in SCU Hall of Fame in 1977

Don Bordenave attended Santa Clara University from 1948-1952. He played guard for the legendary Len Casanova. A highlight of Bordenave’s Bronco football days was his team’s Orange Bowl Championship in 1950. Santa Clara beat Bear Bryant’s heavily favored Kentucky Wildcats 21-13 following a 7-2-1 season. A standout athlete even before Santa Clara, Bordenave was an All-Nor Cal selection in ‘47 and inducted into the Bellarmine College Preparatory Hall of Fame in 2016. After his playing career, Bordenave was a volunteer assistant coach to Pat Malley for 25+ years.

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