Gordon Linn Hudson, age 59, passed away peacefully of natural causes on Monday, September 27, in San Jose, CA where he was living.
Gordon was born in Everett, WA on June 22, 1962 to Glenn and Linda Hudson. He attended Kennewick High School in Kennewick, WA as well as Brighton High School in Sandy, UT. As a high school athlete, he lettered twice in three different sports; football, basketball and baseball. He was an all-conference tight end for Kennewick High School, while also earning all-conference honors in basketball. Because of his elite level athleticism, he was recruited by Oregon State, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Washington State, and Brigham Young University.
Gordon made the decision to play football for BYU, and he leaves behind an extraordinary football legacy.
A two-time unanimous All-American (1982-83), Gordon holds the NCAA records for most passes caught per game by a tight end (5.4), most career yards per game by a tight end (75.3) and most yards in a game by a tight end (259 vs. Utah). As a sophomore, he received All-WAC second-team Honors and honorable mention All-American. He tied the NCAA record for receptions by a tight end in a season with 67. As a junior, he was the only unanimous All-WAC
Selection, earning unanimous All-American status. As a senior, he teamed with Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young to set an NCAA record 44 catches and six touchdowns in an injury-shortened season. And for the second straight year, he earned All-WAC first-team and first-team All-American honors. Upon graduation he played two seasons in the USFL with the LA Express and one season in the NFL for the Seattle Seahawks.
Gordon Hudson has been honored as one of the Top 10 players in BYU Football History. He was inducted into the college football Hall of Fame in 2009 as the first non-quarterback to represent BYU.
Gordon was further involved in football as offensive coordinator for the San Jose Sabercats in the AFL (95-97) and head coach for the Utah Catzz in the PIFL (1998).
While his football career is outstanding, anyone who talked to Gordon would know that he believed his greatest legacy to be his children. His greatest memories were jumping and wrestling on the trampoline with his kids, playing catch in the yard, and pulling out old mattresses and blankets to the back porch to camp out under the stars. He was a loving and playful father, always coaching his children to improve upon and enjoy the physical aspects of life.
One of Gordon's other passions was coaching for the local youth. He was head coach for his son's Cottonwood Colts Little League football team in Holladay, UT for 5 seasons (2002-2006) leading the little league team to win the state championship for their age range in 2002. Gordon also coached for the Northridge High School football team in Layton, UT for 3 seasons (2011-2013) where he was able to positively impact the youth.
Survived by his children: Ryan Hudson, Mackenzie White (Jay), Kylie Hall (Dan), Chandler Hudson (Ashley), their mother Mindy Leetham, and his grandchildren: Murphy, Jude, Claira, and Leo. He is also survived by parents Glenn and Linda Hudson, sisters Jana Fugleberg (Duane), Kay Stice (John), Ariana Bell (Reuben), and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service for Gordon Hudson is projected to be held in 2022. Details will be shared at that time. Please send your favorite Gordon Hudson memory to [email protected]
If you'd like to assist the family with final arrangements, a donation can be made through PayPal to the same email address.
Gordon Hudson is a legendary man who left a huge impact on the people in his life. A saying that holds true in the memory of Gordon's life is "Heroes get remembered, but Legends never die." -
Published by Deseret News from Oct. 6 to Oct. 7, 2021.