ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Jimmie Fortner, 76 years old, born on May 3, 1944, and passed away on March 23, 2021. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Kevin Lusk on April 10, 2021
To say that Coach Fortner had a positive impact on the lives that he touched would be a huge understatement. He led by example - showing us all the value of caring, value of making a positive impact, the value of being a great teammate and family member. He was the type of man we all want to lead young people and provide lifelong experiences that would help form the next generation of winners; and not just on a scoreboard but in how we care for and treat others.  It was no surprise that after hearing of Coach's passing, we could easily connect with a group of teammates from our HS experience and share a common love and support!  We have those bonds / love because of what Coach provided in our experiences!

I recall watching how Coach interacted with Paul and Angie; how he found ways of challenging them! Their successes are no surprise! I can't count the number of times he found ways to get Angie to run another 1/4 mile trying to get her goal or beat her record. Big surprise she accomplished all that she did!  Karen - thanks being such an incredible woman, mom, wife....you have always been a great, calm influence to everything going on with working with young adults!

Coach - thanks for helping us to truly challenge ourselves and discover the value of being a part of a successful team! We love and miss you!
Posted by Tom Bainter on April 4, 2021
Coach Fortner,

With the exception of my family, you were the most influential person in my life. You might be the biggest reason why I am a teacher and head football coach today. You taught us about LIFE through the game of FOOTBALL. 

You believed in us, when we didn't believe in ourselves...
You were firm, but fair...
You loved us without coddling...
You expected more from us than we thought we had...
You never let us "look down"...

Favorite memories/lessons learned:
* Pre-game speeches in the wrestling room.
* Our ankle conversation in the coaches office before practice one day.
* The half-time "talk" you gave to me in front of the team after I had thrown 3 interceptions, and the "wink" you gave me after throwing a TD pass on the first possession of the 2nd half.
* The phone conversation we had the day after my team won it's first state championship.
* Every day of my first two years coaching on your staff.
* The year you were in the booth at Mount Si when I was the offensive coordinator.

Thank you Karen, Angie and Paul for sharing "Coach" with us.

I wished I could have had this conversation in person, but it feels good to share in writing.

I love you Coach!

Tom (Tommy - Only you and my mom called me Tommy)






Posted by Paul Fortner on April 2, 2021
You were truly one of a kind and the positive ripples you created in this world are immeasurable.

Love,
Paul

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Posted by Kevin Lusk on April 10, 2021
To say that Coach Fortner had a positive impact on the lives that he touched would be a huge understatement. He led by example - showing us all the value of caring, value of making a positive impact, the value of being a great teammate and family member. He was the type of man we all want to lead young people and provide lifelong experiences that would help form the next generation of winners; and not just on a scoreboard but in how we care for and treat others.  It was no surprise that after hearing of Coach's passing, we could easily connect with a group of teammates from our HS experience and share a common love and support!  We have those bonds / love because of what Coach provided in our experiences!

I recall watching how Coach interacted with Paul and Angie; how he found ways of challenging them! Their successes are no surprise! I can't count the number of times he found ways to get Angie to run another 1/4 mile trying to get her goal or beat her record. Big surprise she accomplished all that she did!  Karen - thanks being such an incredible woman, mom, wife....you have always been a great, calm influence to everything going on with working with young adults!

Coach - thanks for helping us to truly challenge ourselves and discover the value of being a part of a successful team! We love and miss you!
Posted by Tom Bainter on April 4, 2021
Coach Fortner,

With the exception of my family, you were the most influential person in my life. You might be the biggest reason why I am a teacher and head football coach today. You taught us about LIFE through the game of FOOTBALL. 

You believed in us, when we didn't believe in ourselves...
You were firm, but fair...
You loved us without coddling...
You expected more from us than we thought we had...
You never let us "look down"...

Favorite memories/lessons learned:
* Pre-game speeches in the wrestling room.
* Our ankle conversation in the coaches office before practice one day.
* The half-time "talk" you gave to me in front of the team after I had thrown 3 interceptions, and the "wink" you gave me after throwing a TD pass on the first possession of the 2nd half.
* The phone conversation we had the day after my team won it's first state championship.
* Every day of my first two years coaching on your staff.
* The year you were in the booth at Mount Si when I was the offensive coordinator.

Thank you Karen, Angie and Paul for sharing "Coach" with us.

I wished I could have had this conversation in person, but it feels good to share in writing.

I love you Coach!

Tom (Tommy - Only you and my mom called me Tommy)






Posted by Paul Fortner on April 2, 2021
You were truly one of a kind and the positive ripples you created in this world are immeasurable.

Love,
Paul
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Remembering Jim Fortner 1944-2021
“It’s a mental thing”

By Tim Robinson