LEONARD GERALD PYNE

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LEONARD GERALD PYNE Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home Leonard "Len" Pyne died peacefully at The Chaplaincy Hospice House on February 21, 2017 in Kennewick, WA. He was 92. Leonard Gerald Pyne was born in Spokane, WA on June 14, 1924, the only child of Leonard C. Pyne and Varah (Walker) Pyne. Len graduated from Central Valley High School in 1942. He was a three-sport letterman and chosen First Team All-City Basketball Player in 1942. He received his Bachelor's of Science degree from University of Idaho in 1946 and a Masters degree in 1956. While attending the University of Idaho, Len played varsity baseball and basketball. He was the captain and leading scorer for the 1946 team when they were the Pacific Coast Northern Division Champions (Sweet 16). After graduating from college, Len coached one year at Palouse High School and nine years at Colfax High School before coming to Columbia Basin College in 1956. He coached baseball at CBC from 1957 through 1964. His team won two NWAACC championships (1963, 1964) and was runner-up in 1958 and 1960. Len was also assistant basketball coach for 12 years (1957-1968). Len coached the golf team for 15 years and his teams won 8 NWAACC championships and were runner-ups 3 years. After retiring in 1985, Len was inducted into six athletic Hall of Fames including, the Inland Empire Softball association's NWAACC for his accomplishments as a coach in 1984. The Northwest Athletic Conference Hall of Fame in 1990. The Central Washington Athletic Hall of Fame as a coach in 2002, the Columbia Basin College Wall of Fame in 2009, the Washington American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015 and the Columbia Basin College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016 for Men's Golf. Len is preceded in death by Marie (Hulse) Pyne. They were married from 1963-2006. He is survived by his devoted companion Jackie Littler, daughter Gerri Lynn, son-in-law Joe Thomas and 5 beautiful granddaughters. Len was a 60 year plus member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks Lodge. The service and celebration of life gathering will take place on March 15, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.at the Kennewick Nazarene Church, 2402 S. Union in Kennewick, WA. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Columbia Basin College Foundation, 2600 N. 20th, Pasco, WA 99301 (Columbiabasin.edu) or Tri-Cities Chaplaincy, 1480 Fowler St., Richland, WA 99352 (Tricitieschaplaincy.org). The family invites you to sign their online tribute wall at www.muellersfuneral homes.com
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Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home
1401 S. Union St.
Kennewick, WA 99338
(509) 783-9532
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Published in Tri-City Herald on Mar. 8, 2017
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