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September 9, 2008
Our family sends our sincere condolences to the Haskins family and friends during this time of loss. I heard the news on Sunday night and I was so sad to think of what you must be going through right now. We lost our mother in July and we miss her every moment.

I will begin by saying that I am writing this to express my fathers condolences to your family, as he is 82 now and not so good on the computer these days. His name is Bill Thompson and he was the Chief Photographer at the Herald Post for over 20 years. He took pictures at all of the Miner home games and in Las Cruces, and my mother, Margaret Thompson, sat in the stands and cheered for "her Miners". He managed to find her in the stands, in a few game shots, and if they had been in color, you would have seen her easily. She had on the bright "Miner orange" coat . I was 8 yrs old in 1966, and my dad didnt get to travel to the championship game, but we all piled up in the living room with popcorn and sodas and watched in awe on our b/w tv as the Miners made history. My mother was lucky because she was able to meet the players at the games and visit with them alot. She bragged about her friends, "Big Daddy Latin", Bobby Joe, Neville Shed, Orsten Artis and the others, and even worked with one of the players in later years at Govt. Empl. Credit Union.
We have all moved away from El Paso, but will always consider it our hometown, and we carry our pride of Coach Haskins and the Miners wherever we go. The picture of the Championship team that hung in Memorial Gym and probably moved to the Special Events Center was taken by my dad. We looked at my parents copy a few years back when the movie came out. My mother could name the players 20 years later and could remember details of that '66 Championship game for years. I am sure she was also saddened to hear of Don's passing and will be there in her orange coat to welcome him to Heaven's arena. We know she'll have a good seat for the games.
In the mid 80's, my sister and I worked at a neighborhood restaurant on Mesa, and Coach Haskins would come in all the time. He was always so nice, and we worked up the nerve to tell him who our parents were. He then became like a favorite uncle, and would ask after them each time he came in. I like to think that his nickname had alot to do with a big bear hug he could give you as he was leaving.
My dad has so many memories of those games over the years, and the drives to and from Las Cruces when they played there. I'm sure he has alot of good personal memories of times spent with Coach Haskins during interviews and from events around town. I just know that we knew how much my parents respected him as a coach, a man, and as an ambassador for El Paso and Texas Western College/UTEP. Our hearts are heavy today in East Texas, and are with you in El Paso as you go through this difficult time. God Bless you and your family.

Suzy Thompson Simmons
Bill Thompson and Family
Longview and Ore City, Texas
September 9, 2008
Coach Haskins will always be in my memories and a part of my life. I grew up idolizing UTEP Basketball. I always wanted to play basketball for UTEP, little did I know I would be athletically challenged for basketball.

Thank you coach for making UTEP basketball a part of my life.

I will always cherish the memories of you on the sideline, the cleaning of your clubs and giving you a ride to your car at Coronado CC during my college years.

Your family is in my prayers.
September 9, 2008
My condolences to the family, may the good Lord give you the ability to accept his great loss. He was truly a great man that touched so many people in many different ways. He will be greatly missed but not forgotten. Rest in peace.
September 9, 2008
Rest in Peace our Beloved BEAR.
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