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 Angie Bestwick (Fortner) on June 19, 2022
Cheers to the very best there ever was!! Happy Father’s Day Dad!!
Celebrating you today & everyday!!!
Posted by Paul Fortner on May 3, 2022
Happy Birthday Big Guy, you are so very missed!
Posted by Angie Bestwick (Fortner) on May 3, 2022
Hau’oli la hanau dad!!! You’re always with us!
Posted by Angie Bestwick (Fortner) on March 23, 2022
We miss you everyday, and are so grateful for all the amazing times shared! You are a daily influence and always will be!
Posted by Paul Wagner on May 15, 2021
I dedicate my two Rose Bowl rings and my lifetime career as a fisheries biologist to my inspirational mentor, high school football coach and biology teacher, Jim Fortner.
Posted by Angie Bestwick (Fortner) on May 2, 2021
Happy Birthday dad and thank you for letting me and Andy share your special day 20 years ago when we got married!
I have always loved being able to celebrate the two best men in my life on the same day and although you may not be here to join us any more, just know you will always be celebrated!
Hauoli La Hanau!
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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Recent Tributes
Posted by Angie Bestwick (Fortner) on June 19, 2022
Cheers to the very best there ever was!! Happy Father’s Day Dad!!
Celebrating you today & everyday!!!
Posted by Paul Fortner on May 3, 2022
Happy Birthday Big Guy, you are so very missed!
Posted by Angie Bestwick (Fortner) on May 3, 2022
Hau’oli la hanau dad!!! You’re always with us!
Recent stories

Happy Father’s Day

Shared by Angie Bestwick (Fortner) on June 20, 2021
Happy Father’s Day to the best dad a girl could ask for! Loving, supportive, creative,fun, & inspiring he taught me so much about life & how to truly live & enjoy it, and I am forever grateful!!!
I also learned most of my manual therapy skills from all the shoulder & leg rubs I gave him:)
Love & miss you always!

Water man

Shared by Angie Bestwick (Fortner) on June 1, 2021
Since his passing I have felt closest to my dad when I’m in the ocean. He was after all aka “water man”! 
The other day as I was swimming I came across this beautiful leaf with an even more beautiful message written on it:)
It just happen to be my moms birthday that day so I’m pretty sure they were singing Happy Birthday to her

“Tear ‘em up Ang”

Shared by Angie Bestwick (Fortner) on May 18, 2021
Making my way to the starting line I could hear his booming voice yell to me, “Tear ‘em up Ang”!  
It always gave me strength and courage to know he was there supporting me & the thought of it still does in everything I do today. 
This is one of my favorite pictures, it was after one of my best races from my senior year in college. When I look at it I can feel the love, support, & pride that I was lucky to have throughout my whole running career. 
Running has been a life long love for me starting from when I was a little girl & was told to “stay where I can see you”, so I would just run around the track at my dads football practices.  
Coach Fortner must have seen something in me then because it wasn’t long before I was running on youth track & field teams & have never stopped.  It wasn’t always an easy road with early wake up calls, injuries, asthma, growth spurts, self doubt, & lots of travel but one thing never wavered & that was the support I got from my parents. So thank you for always being there & always believing in me, it meant the world!!