|School: Benson||Graduation Year: 1959|
Year Inducted: 2006
Sports Played: Basketball, Baseball, Golf
High School Honors: Basketball (3 letters, all-PIL as a senior, captain) Baseball (3 letters, 2nd team all-PILas a senior, captain) Golf (4 letters), Co-Valedictorian
Post High School Career: Willamette University. Golf (4 letters, All-NWC, All-NAIA Dist. 2; NAIA Little All-American, ’63, 7th place in Nationals) Basketball (3 letters, 2nd team All-NWC); NAIA District 2 Hall of Fame, 1976; Willamette University Hall of Fame, 1995; Benson High Hall of Fame, 2000.
Someone once said that “God gave us memories so we might have roses in December.” When “reflections on achievement” are pooled, as they are in this CyberMuseum, the fragrance lasts forever.
I was blessed in 2006 to speak on behalf of the inductee class. Over six hours I conversed with 36 inductees about “lessons from the playing field learned & applied to their lives.” Their input is likely representative of the entire Hall of Fame…traits I resonated with such as:
Early on, I found a slogan that I taped to the ceiling over my bed. It read: “A great player is pleasing to the eyes of spectators because he is seen in the reflected light of teammates whom he has helped to shine.” That describes my fellow Hall of Fame members in their playing days and continues to inspire others to shine by the legacy they share through this Cyber Museum. Another posting at age 11 continues to inspire: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, but in all ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” -Prov. 3:5-6.