Editor’s note: This is the thirteenth of a series about growing up in Marysville during the late 1930s and the 1940s written by Bill Boyd. Each article is a snapshot of the people, businesses and activities during that era as seen through the eyes of a young boy.
Boyd was born in Marysville in 1932, graduated from Marysville High School in 1950, and lived the greater part of his life here.
A lesson from Coach Widner
When World War II ended and thousands of GIs returned to civilian life, several of them returned to Marysville as teachers. One of them was Warren Widner, who was both a teacher (and later the high school principal) and the Marysville High School basketball coach.
Over the years I got to know him well, and he became one of my alltime favorite people. He not only taught his players how to play the game of basketball, but also how to make the kind of decisions that will lead to better lives. My favorite example of this occurred in my senior year of playing for him in the 1949–50 season.
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