Jack Lee Bloxom, 80, went to be with the Lord on May 14, 2019.
Jack was born August 4, 1938 to Clair Orville and Dorothy Mae Bloxom in Sandpoint, Idaho. Growing up in Sandpoint, he played all sports, and enjoyed fishing and hunting. He served as student body president his senior year, set a state record in basketball, scoring 37 points in the state tournament, and graduated from Sandpoint High School in 1956.
While attending University of Idaho Jack received a bachelor’s degree in 1960, a master’s degree in education in 1963 and lettered three years in baseball.
Jack taught and coached at Sandpoint Junior High from 1960 to 1962. He then taught and coached in Goldendale, Wash., from 1963 to 1967, where he met and married Melissa Beeks of Goldendale in 1967. They had one daughter, Michal.
He taught physical education and developed the baseball program at North Idaho College where he was head baseball coach for 30 years. Jack also served as assistant basketball coach for 17 of those years.
Jack played on three state championship teams and one regional championship slow pitch softball team. He was selected to the Inland Empire Softball Hall of Fame in 1993, the Sandpoint High School Hall of Fame in 2004, and the North Idaho College Hall of Fame in 2010. Jack was chosen to be the head coach of the West Baseball Team at the 1987 Olympic Festival at Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
He married Zella L. Cottier on December 29, 1976. He is survived by his daughter, Michal Stewart (Tom); stepson, Terry Cottier (Debbie) and stepson, Gordon Cottier (Sheila); five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Zella; his brothers, Bob, Joe, Bill, and Tom; and a sister, Patsy.
Jack enjoyed their home on Lake Coeur d’Alene, hunting and fishing, woodworking, golfing, golf ball collecting, and working in the yard. Jack was always happy to help a neighbor.
The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Yates Funeral Home – Coeur d’Alene Chapel, 744 N. 4th St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho with burial to follow at Riverview Cemetery in Coeur d’Alene.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to the North Idaho College Foundation Scholarship Fund. You may visit Jack’s online memorial and sign his guestbook at yatesfuneralhomes.com