Mark Eaton was a former 7-foot-4 shot-blocking defensive star with the Utah Jazz.
- Died: Friday, May 28, 2021. (Who else died on May 28?)
- Details of death: Died at the age of 64 in Utah. Authorities announced he died in a single person bicycle accident and no vehicle was involved
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7-foot-4 center Mark Eaton was a defensive star who played his entire career for the Utah Jazz. He holds the NBA record for most blocks per game in a career and was a two-time NBA defensive player of the year. Eaton was discovered by a junior college coach in California who noticed him when he was driving by a tire store where Eaton was a mechanic. He played in junior college and transferred to UCLA, then was drafted by the Jazz in 1982. After his playing career, he became a successful restaurant owner.
Eaton wasn’t sure he wanted to play basketball
“I was making $20,000 a year and I didn’t see any point in giving that up to go to college.” – Salt Lake Tribune
Tributes to Mark Eaton
Full Obituary: Salt Lake Tribune