OT - Joe Harris' Coach (my friend) has passed away
You never want to get stuck behind a 6' 7" guy at the movies, a concert, or a ballgame. But when KeyArena opened in '95 after the Seattle Coliseum was renovated (and the Sonic's year at the Tacoma Dome) that's exactly what happened with our Row 2 corner/aisle seats. Great seats (priority number was in the 200's) but Row 1 aisle right in front of us was Jim Marsh and his 4 seats. And I couldn't have been more Blessed.
I ended up serving on Jim's Board of Director's for "Washington State Mentors" for 13 years. At Sonic's games, I saw his daughters grow up ... and talked to his "kids" when he took them to the games. Jamal Crawford, Joe Harris, Spencer Hawes, Martell Webster, and a host of others.
We talked about his lack of Zags. Jim's first "Gonzaga" kid out of high school is Corey Kispert. And Micah Downs came to GU after transferring from Kansas.
Jim was a classic GREAT guy. Humble. Funny. The Seattle Times article tells the story I've told many times before ... Jim "holding" Lew Alcinder to 56 points in Alcinder's first college game. One of my favorite stories was John Wooden telling Jim late in his life "You know Jim? You're the only Trojan I allow in my house".
In his later years although he didn't really "slow down", Jim didn't drive ... so I'd drive him from time to time to various events/meetings when we were putting "Hoops for Hope ... The Jim Marsh Classic" three on three together. I never tired of listening to his end of phone calls with guys like Roy Williams, Tony Bennett, Lorenzo Romar and others.
Jim WAS a classic, and I'm going to miss my friend.