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Teacher, coach Jeff Basinski dies at 65

Mayor says former AD was 'a fixture' at the local high school

Longtime Forest Grove teacher, coach and administrator Jeff Basinski died at his home Friday morning, May 27 at the age of 65.

He coached basketball and wrestling at Forest Grove High School for many years. He was head coach of the Viking football team from 1980 to 1991, leading league champion teams in 1981 and 1985. Before that he assisted coach Jeff Durham, and after he left the head coaching job he served on the staffs of coaches Bill Bloomer and Mike McCabe.

He retired as the school's athletic director in 2005.

Basinski taught social studies and personal finance at FGHS. After retirement, he helped coach at Centennial High School. He is survived by his wife Connie, son B.J. and daughter Jamie.

'He was a fixture at Forest Grove High School and will be missed,' said Forest Grove Mayor Pete Truax.

FGHS activities director Howard Sullivan, who knew Basinski for 30 years, called him a 'friend and mentor to us all.'

Services were pending at press time. An obituary will appear in the June 8 issue of the News-Times.