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George Haire: coach, trainer, sports activities author


Editor’s Be aware: Petaluma Argus-Courier sports activities correspondent George Haire died after a protracted sickness on Jan. 18, 2023. The next obituary was ready by his household.

George Haire, a trainer and coach for over 47 years and a current part-time sports activities journalist for the Petaluma Argus-Courier, handed away peacefully surrounded by household on Jan. 18, 2023.

Born in Fresno in 1936, George was a Central Valley resident till 2007, when he and his spouse, Judi, relocated to Petaluma to be nearer to their household.

George grew up in Riverdale, the place he was a three-sport varsity letterman at Riverdale Excessive College, excelling in basketball. George continued his love of taking part in basketball at Fresno State College earlier than coming into the navy in 1957. George served within the US Military till 1959, adopted by serving six years within the Military Reserves. He was a proud member of the Military base basketball crew and a member of the Presidential Honor Guard in Fort Meyer, Virginia through the Eisenhower Administration.

Following his navy service, George returned to Fresno State and graduated in 1960 with a level in historical past and a credential in training.

Earlier than devoting the lion’s share of his profession to instructing and training at Riverdale Excessive College, George had temporary tenures as head basketball coach at each Selma and Patterson excessive colleges. At Riverdale, George taught historical past and authorities and coached a number of sports activities groups together with boys basketball, baseball, women basketball and softball. He was a dedicated coach and happy with the a number of Central Part titles his groups earned. In direction of the tip of his profession at RHS, George additionally labored because the athletic director, typically stepping in when coaches have been wanted.

After retirement from the general public college system, George completed his instructing profession with a 10-year interval instructing on the state jail in Corcoran.

In 1971, George married Judi Montgomery, and collectively they raised 4 kids in Caruthers. He shared his love of sports activities together with his kids, instructing them to play baseball, softball and basketball and infrequently teaching them. His final position de él as a coach was together with his daughter Carrie, teaching highschool softball at Coalinga in 2003.

Along with sharing his love of sports activities, George taught his kids the worth of onerous work and inspired them to pursue their pursuits, instructing them to play the piano, instilling a love of music, and through the years attending concert events and performs in San Francisco. .

George was a loyal sports activities fan, regularly making the trek from the Central Valley to San Francisco to observe his favourite crew, the Giants, play. His household was delighted that the Giants have been in a position to win three World Collection titles in his lifetime.

In 2009, George joined the Petaluma Argus-Courier as a sports activities stringer, overlaying native highschool and youth sports activities within the Petaluma space. He thrived in his last years as a sports activities journalist. He appreciated nothing greater than overlaying an project for the Argus, chatting together with his editor John Jackson, the native coaches and gamers, and writing commentary for his column, View from the Low-cost Seats. He would regularly keep up late in his workplace sanctuary, surrounded by his prized sports activities memorabilia about him, ending up a narrative to make his deadline.

George was not only a sports activities fan, but additionally an avid reader, a basic movie fanatic and a collector of vinyl data. He is loved touring together with his household, attending sports activities memorabilia exhibits, rewatching Seinfeld episodes, and discovering off-the-beaten-path eating experiences beneficial by the TV present “Test, Please! Bay Space.”

He might be remembered for his Bob Newhart-like humorousness, sharp wit, and talent to take life evenly. To say he was a personality is an understatement.

George is survived by his spouse of 51 years, Judi; his kids, Amy Hale of Petaluma, Julie Houtkooper (Kurt) of Larkspur and Carrie Friesen (Jeff) of Kingsburg; his 10 grandchildren from him; and his sister, Judy Fitzgerald of Visalia. George was preceded in demise by his dad and mom George Edwin Haire in 1977 and Carrie Marie Haire in 2001, and his dad and mom Michael Haire in 2008.

A celebration of life might be held Feb. 10 at Lodge Petaluma at 11 am In lieu of flowers, donations could also be made in George’s honor to the Miracle League in Petaluma by emailing Sarah Marcia at

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