Joseph M. Tremarello, 77, passed away in the evening of Sept. 12, 2012, at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.
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Known throughout the community as "Coach T," during his 62 years in Alaska, Joe was able to do the things he loved most: teach, coach and spend time with his family and at his cabin at Fielding Lake.
Joe was born March 21, 1935, in Tennessee. He was an "Army brat" and had lived in many places before arriving in Fairbanks in 1950. He was on the Fairbanks High School varsity basketball team for three years and as a junior, "Joey" made the 1952 Western Alaska Class A All-Tournament team.
In 1953, Joe was captain of the Malemutes when they won the Territorial Class A championship. He was awarded the First National Bank of Anchorage Sportsmanship trophy, as well as the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner Sportsmanship trophy.
He attended Eastern Washington College of Education and then enrolled at the University of Alaska in fall 1954. He was a starter on the varsity basketball team for four years and captain of the team that won its first intercollegiate game in 1957. Joe graduated from the University of Alaska in 1958, with a bachelor of education degree and a master of education degree in 1968.
He started his teaching career in 1958, with the sixth grade at University Park School. In 1960, he began teaching and coaching at Lathrop High School. His Lathrop Malemutes won the state championship in 1964 and the team was state runner-up in 1966. His seven-year win-loss record at Lathrop was 141-31.
Joe was director of housing at UAF from 1970-1972. From fall 1972 until his retirement in 1984, he was teacher and principal at the Fairbanks Alternative High School. He continued to coach youth basketball teams and sponsored and played on a city league basketball team.
Joe was a member of the coaching staff of the UAF women's basketball team for seven years and served as head coach for four years. At the end of the 1991-92 season he was named NCAA Continental Divide Conference Coach of the Year.
For the past 17 years, Joe has been associated with the Lathrop High School boys' basketball team both as "official" and volunteer assistant coach. If he wasn't coaching basketball, he was most likely at Fielding Lake.
Joe received the UAF Alumni Achievement Award in 1991 and the Fairbanks North Star Borough Recognition of Excellence in 1996. He was inducted into the UAF Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. The latest honor for Joe is the naming of the "Coach T Court" at Lathrop High School in a ceremony to be held later this year.
Joe is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ann, of Fairbanks; son, Richard, daughter-in-law, Jade, and grandchildren Harrison, Jack, Isabella, and Evangeline, of Milwaukee, Wis.
He also is survived by his brother, Marco, from Florida; sister-in-law, Carol Maxwell from Texas; and nieces and nephew Ann Maxwell, Patricia Kunesh, Mary Maxwell and Bob Maxwell. He will be missed by his longtime buddies from the McDonalds Sunday breakfast and Friday Red Fox lunch groups.
A celebration of life for Joe will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, at the Davis Concert Hall on the UAF campus.
The family suggests in lieu of flowers that donations be made in Joe's name to the Rose and Joseph Tremarello Sr. Scholarship Fund through the UAF Foundation, 910 Yukon Drive, Suite 206, Butrovich Building, PO Box 755080, Fairbanks, AK 99775.
Arrangements are entrusted to Fairbanks Funeral Home.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Sept. 18, 2012