James STREET
FUNERAL HOME
Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home North - Austin
3125 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX
STREET, James

James Street, a loving husband and father, a compassionate businessman and an icon in sports in America in the late 1960s and an enduring hero to the fans of The University of Texas, died unexpectedly in the early hours of September 30, 2013. He was 65 years old. As president and CEO of The James Street Group - one of the nation's largest structured settlement firms with offices in nineteen states and eight Texas cities - James Street took the tools of leadership and competitiveness he learned as a football and baseball player at Texas and led his company team with "honesty and integrity." James Lowell Street was born August 2, 1948, in Longview, Texas. He attended Longview public schools and was a stand-out athlete in both baseball and football. He signed a football scholarship and competed in both sports at The University of Texas at Austin, beginning with his freshman year of 1966 - 67. In the baseball season of 1968 he earned the first of three team MVP awards as he helped lead Cliff Gustafson's first Longhorn team to the College World Series. With Street as their leader, the team returned to Omaha in both 1969 and 1970, finishing in the nation's top four twice. But it would be in football that he would etch his name among the Longhorn immortals. As the Longhorns were struggling to an 0 - 1- 1 record in the first year of the revolutionary new "Wishbone" offense, Coach Darrell Royal inserted Street at quarterback in the second half of a loss at Texas Tech. With that, the journey began. The next week, with Street as a starting quarterback, Texas beat Oklahoma State. A week later, he led his first come-from-behind victory to defeat Oklahoma in Dallas. En route to what would be a 30-game winning streak, the Longhorns went on to win all twenty games with Street as their starter in 1968 and 1969. The highlights came in the "Game of the Century" victory over Arkansas in the final game of the 100th season of college football in 1969. Down 14 - 0 at the start of the fourth quarter, Street engineered two scoring drives and a two-point conversion for a 15 - 14 victory. That game clinched UT's second National Championship, but the season actually ended with another dramatic comeback, a 21 - 17 triumph over Notre Dame in the 1970 Cotton Bowl Classic. In baseball, he parlayed a wicked curve ball into three-time all-Southwest Conference honors. He had an opportunity to play pro baseball, but a slow-healing pulled groin muscle ended his playing days. After his football successes and the opportunities it afforded him, James remained in Austin. He's been in the insurance business for more than 40 years. The James Street Group includes structured settlements, lien resolutions and trust management. The company, with a stated purpose of functioning "with honesty and integrity," took the values Street learned as an athlete at Texas and combined them with his deep East Texas roots. James soon found himself to be about three things - his family, his clients, and a legion of people whom he helped with a smile or a song. He helped both young and old who struggled with alcoholism - a battle James himself had won more than thirty years ago. He coached kids in junior baseball, and created a deep bond with each of his five sons, as well as his wife, Janie, whom he married August 22, 1981. For several years, he joined first Mack Brown and later Major Applewhite in hosting a golf tournament for the Rise School of Austin - a school which provides education for both main stream and special needs kids. He never met a stranger, and always seemed to have time for everybody. His energy, and his charity, seemingly knew no bounds. He received numerous awards in his profession and as a philanthropist in Austin, and in 2010 he was named a Distinguished American by the Greater Austin Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame. James was also a member of the Longhorn Hall of Honor and Texas Sports Hall of Fame. James was preceded in death by his parents, Helen Eaton Street and Grover Street, and brother, Grover Street. He is survived by his wife, Janie, as well as sons: Ryan and wife Dinah and grandchildren Hayden and Reagan; Huston and wife Lacey and grandchildren Ripken and Ryder; Juston, Jordon and Hanson. He is also survived by his twin-sister Mary Kristynik and her husband Paul and brother, Sewell Street as well as many nieces and nephews. Services will be held at 11 a. m. on Friday, October 4, 2013 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 5455 Bee Cave Road, Austin. A viewing and visitation will be held at the church prior to the service, 9:30 - 11 a. m. A private burial will follow. The University Of Texas Department Of Athletics will host a reception for friends and family following the service on the 8th Floor of the Red McCombs Red Zone North Endzone building at Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, friends may want to consider the Rise School of Austin, 5206 Balcones Dr., Austin, Texas 78731, The Street 16 Foundation, 1221 South Mopac Expressway, Suite 180, Austin, Texas 78746 or a charity of their choice. Obituary and memorial guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com


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I was somewhat surprised last week when I saw that JAMES had passed. While we never met our past crossed in several ways. I was a student @ THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE while he was @ TEXAS.I RECALL WATCHING THE TEXAS v. ARKANSAS game (1969) in the dorm and the 15-14 WIN which sealed the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.

The next year TENNESSEE lost to TEXAS 36-13 and won another Championship. It was later, 1998 -2002 that my son attended TEXAS and we got to see his son Houston Street play Baseball and go on to get drafted by OAKLAND.
As a family TEXAS is one of our favorite universities to root for and we travel to see them play. We will miss JAMES STREET as he is truly a LONGHORN LEGEND !!
HARVEY PARKER
September 4, 2019
Living in a small town in Texas that Interstate 35 passed by I remember the
cold wet day before the Big Shootout.
As a Longhorn fan I wanted to be traveling
north with everyone.
I did watch the game the next day on TV.
Thank you James Street #16, players, coaches, and everyone.
You gave me memories I'll never forget.
George Christian
May 29, 2017
Valenda Newell
November 12, 2016
Still have fond memories of James from growing up in Longview and at UT
Reavis Cornett
Friend
September 29, 2016
I had the pleasure of meeting James and his Wife Janie at a UT baseball game at Rice in 2005. He was so gracious and was more interested in asking me questions so he could get to know me. I was very impressed with his humbleness & kindness. I did get to talk with him again briefly at Rice a year later.

He was everything people said he was. A true Gentleman, and a person that easily inspired others. I'm thankful I had a chance to meet him.
Jody Knowles
September 27, 2016
I grew up in the neighboring town of Greggton, now a part of Longview. There was hardly a time that James was not mentioned as a stellar athlete in baseball and football. I also had the privilege of serving in the National Guard with James some time later. He was revered and admired by people of all ages. Growing up we all wanted to be like James. He will be truly missed.
Henry Carter
August 18, 2016
Henry Carter
August 18, 2016
I am so sorry to learn at this extremely late date of James' passing. Though I only met and knew Him for a short time in my insurance career, I considered him a good friend. In the 1980's we shared time together laughing as he shared stories of he and Mick and he and my hometown boy, Bill B. One time, James, or as we called, Street, Street and I went out to watch the Olympic Equestrian trials at the Kentucky Horse Farm outside of Lexington. Not quite understanding how the trials worked, we picked a spot and waited for the horses to coming through in a group. Didn't happen! After a long waiting period a single horse came loping by, jumps a fence and goes over the hill. We thought, man that one is way ahead of the field. A few minutes later another horse lopes by, jumps the fence and goes over the hill. Street looks at me and says, "this is about a much fun as watching a haircut. Ready to go?" Yep, I said. Street, as you well know, was a friend to anyone he met. I'm glad I could call James my friend, too. He loved his family. That was very evident as he spoke of his family. God bless you.
Harold Campbell
Friend
February 14, 2016
Sally and I were deeply saddened by James' passing. He was a great guy. Just adding to his talents, besides football and baseball, he was a very good golfer!! Rest in Peace James.
Doug & Sally Pendergras
Friend
October 3, 2013
Janie, Linda, Lavi, Seth and I were stunned and saddened to hear about your loss.At this very difficult time, may you find comfort in your family and knowing that so many people were touched and influenced by James. I know how much he will be missed by you, his family, and everyone that knew him. Your Buckpasser neighbors The Browns
Michael Brown
Friend
October 2, 2013
James Street was my favorite Longhorn Football Player of all time, but he was also one of the best examples of success and giving back to the Austin Community of any UT Athlete. He will always be remembered as a great Athlete, wonderful father and great Austin Citizen. May he rest in peace and may God give his wonderful wife and sons the faith and strength they need in the days ahead. God Bless You! Glenda Lane
Glenda Lane
UT Athletics-native Austinite
October 3, 2013
Dear Janie and boys, our hearts break for your loss. You all had such a bight light in your lives with James at your side. The times our paths crossed through Westlake HS and around our community, we saw smiles and friendly conversation. James left a great impression. Hugs and love.
Mark, Victor, Sharon & Greg Kronberg
Acquaintances
October 3, 2013
LOVE NEVER DIES, LOVE NEVER FADES. JANIE & BOYS, ALL MY LOVE
milton allen
Friend
October 3, 2013
I never had the pleasure of meeting James, but I knew of him very well through a member of his James Street family here in Pennsylvania, George Audi, who spoke glowingly of James. As President Elect of our statewide Trial Bar, I can assure you that James and his team had a profound impact on the lives of our clients and on our practices. Monies that may have been squandered were protected for families in need. We knew that we could trust James Street and George Audi implicitly to do right by our clients and by PAJ. We could not have done what we do for those we represent without James' generous financial support. Please know at this sad time that James' good will and expertise reached far beyond the Lone Star State. The Street family and firm are in our thoughts and prayers. Respectfully, Malcolm MacGregor
Malcolm MacGregor
Business Partner
October 3, 2013
It was with great sadness that I received the news of James's passing. To meet him was to like him, and to know him was to love him. His dynamic personality won me over when i first met him in 2000. His integrity and character led to an enduring friendship. James was a true example of an honorable friend, father and husband. We often talked about his love for his family and how proud he was of you all. You have all lost a true Hero, who's greatest acts of heroism occurred after his days on the sports fields. We are all Blessed for having known him. I will choose to be grateful for the many gifts he bestowed on me and my clients. His will be sorely missed. Godspeed J.J. until we meet again face to face in the Kingdom of Heaven, where I'm sure you'll be waiting. Please pray for us all.
Andre' F. Toce
Friend And Business Associate
October 2, 2013
My memories of the entire Street family in Longview--Mrs. Helen at Riff's and Mary and James as classmates in junior high and high school--are among my favorites of growing up in Longview on the "south side of town". James was always a most wonderful, caring individual plus a tremendous friend. His athletic abilities placed Longview "on the map" in the athletic arena of all four sports. A special memory of mine occurred when I took Driver's Ed (Behind the Wheel) course during the summer; it was taught by Coach Woodall. I would practice my driving with Coach Woodall in the front seat and James in the back seat--driving James to the field house each day for his workouts. James was intense in his training from the beginning. I have communicated with many of our classmates during the past several days and we all agree that we had such a rare opportunity of knowing a "legend and a genuine individual in James Street." My husband Russ and I send our deepest sympathy to the entire family.
Sally Hewell Brown
Longview High Class Of 1966
October 3, 2013
To Janie and the entire Street Family. My Dears, I am so terribly sorry for the untimely loss of James. It shocked me to the core. That emotional low, however, was replaced by a great warmth and a deep feeling of fellowship with my old UT alum from the glory days of 1969-1971. I originally met James and you, Janie, at the old Flagon and Trencher where a lot of the players hung out to play pool and to have fun. I don't if you know this but Bill Atessis and Steve Worster and I had a house in Travis Heights during college. I was never sure if that was kosher with the NCAA or UT. They put AstroTurf in our kitchen they same time they installed it at Memorial Stadium. I was lucky to have met and known the guys from the team. While Jimmie and I didn't get to spend much time together - except en mass at F&T, I did run in to him from time to time. He was always warm, gracious and genuinely happy to see me. While one moment in time does not define a life, I can say that the UT-Arkansas game in 1969 was a day I will never forget. It was in the 20's in Austin. After the game, students flooded the drag going crazy. I drove with the top down on my sport car numb to the freezing weather!! The pride generated that day was priceless for hundreds of thousands of fans. I am here as a friend to you and your family. Please know that will always be here for you all in whatever capacity I might serve you. James is now truly completing the ultimate "Hail Mary" pass in God's kingdom. My love to you all. John Bernardoni.
John Bernardoni
Friend And College At UT
October 3, 2013
So many knew of James as a larger than life athlete. I knew of him as a larger than life husband and Dad. Watching his sons grow up over the past 12 years I always complimented James and Janie on what an incredibly fine job they had done in raising boys any parent would be proud of. The fact that James was so bound up with his family makes his loss that much harder, but we can hope that the part of James that will always be with all of his family will bring some measure of comfort.
Ted Hayes and Bruce MacKenzie Graham
October 2, 2013
Dear Janie and Street Family Members,
Our whole family was stunned and saddened upon hearing the sad news of James passing. James was such positive and energetic person, I just pictured us hanging around Westlake gyms and sports fields watching grandkids someday - relishing every moment as we did coaching our sons - Huston & Patrick and then Hanson & Drew.
Far beyond all those wonderful, legendary stories about James being the greatest competitor in Longhorn sports history, it was James Street - husband, father and youth sports coach - that every member of our family will forever treasure about James. Back in the day, we enjoyed James's company at countless after-church brunches over at Randal's. It was during those friendly conversations you could see was how respectful and attentive James was to you, Janie, and how calm and patient he was with his sons. Seeing James as a caring husband and father was the James Street that we most admired.
Although James was a great story teller, conversations with James were rarely about him. My young boys loved how interested James was in their school and sports' activities. I know Patrick was always excited to see Mr. Street, who would ask him about his tennis game. And when Drew was drafted to play for Coach Street in his last year of Little league, he was as thrilled as I'd ever seen him. What fun times we all shared watching our kids race down soccer fields, dribble up basketball courts and round those bases. James was a great youth sports coach - not only because he could coach, teach and inspire young people; but because he treated everyone kids, parents and officials with respect and dignity. What a pleasure it was to coach with or against James.
Please know that James and all of your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
God Bless,
August, Patsy, Patrick and Drew Petersen
August Petersen
Friend
October 3, 2013
Playing at the University of Texas in any sport is an honor and offers cherished memories. One of my most cherished memories was getting to meet people like James Street. James was someone that I grew up admiring as a child in South Austin. He was a class act and will be forever missed. God Bless James Street and his family.
Mike Konderla
Friend
October 3, 2013
Dear Huston, Just a note from a Westlake High School connection/teacher...my husband and my hearts go out to you and your family. May you find peace of mind in fond memories of your dad. God bless. Christine and Gordon Gorychka
Christine Gorychka
Teacher At Westlake High School
October 3, 2013
I saw every football game James started. I was in 6th and 7th grade when he played football at Texas. I remember telling my mama at Arkansas, "Don't worry, Mama, James won't let us lose." Years later, I said the same thing to my husband at Ohio State about Vince Young. I feel privileged that I not only got to watch James Street play football, I also had the opportunity to get to know him. James was the kind of person that makes you feel better about yourself because he's your friend. And I will miss my friend. My deepest sympathies to Janie and the boys -- take comfort your warm memories, and know that you will see James again by and by, May God hold you all in the palm of His hand.
Mary Ann Ray
Friend
October 2, 2013
One of the nicest guys I ever met. I was in the Houston Hobby airport about 2 years ago when I met the one of the men that broke my heart when I was 9 years old. I was going through security when I heard the pa announce. me James Street please return to security for a item left behind. Being a huge Razorback fan I knew there could not be another James Street in Texas. I started looking, in a moment he walked right by me to get what he had forgotten. I look at him and said You broke my heart when I was a little boy. He look and smiled with asked where are you from? I said Arkansas. I noticed as he walked away he stopped just a short way out of security. When I came through he started talking to me asking my name and I was shocked, I tried to not say much because I was sure he propably had that happen allot and I did not want to bother him. But it was very clear this guy was nothing but class. I became a big big fan of his that day. I love the photo of him and coach Royal in the 70 cotton bowl. I am proud to say I met a great man and a very nice guy. I'm glad I met him but glad it was not before Dec 6th 1969. If I had i might have been for the Longhorns that day. My team may have lost that day, but I won the day I a met James Street a super nice man
Russell Howard
Friend
October 3, 2013
I was very blessed to have gotten to know James in recent years. Even though my time with him was limited I was honored by every minute. The attribute that was most impressive to me was his glowing love of life, and his drive to accomplish all that he could. And what a life he did live! God Bless James, and God Bless the Street family.
Bud Brigham
Friend And Fellow Longhorn Alum
October 3, 2013
Please know that we'll keep you close to our hearts, and in our thoughts and prayers. We were terribly saddened by James' passing. He was a great man.
Larry & Amy Slutz, Mike, Joe & Jim
October 3, 2013
I was 11 years old when I watched James lead the Texas Longhorns to a national championship in football. He was a hero and someone who I held in awe growing up. I became an attorney and member of Texas Trial Lawyers Assn. I was walking down the hall at a seminar, and James came up to me and said, "You're Dan Perkins aren't you?". I almost fell to the ground, that he somehow took the time to know who I was.

I saw him at numerous TTLA events, and he would always sign footballs to auction off at charity events in Greenville, Texas whenever I asked. He never charged a dime, just sent a signed football at his expense. James would even personalize the football for whoever won it, if they would send it back to him.

James always cared about the underdog and was so kind. James always made everyone in the room feel comfortable, and welcome. I am honored to have known him.
Dan Perkins
Friend/TTLA Member
October 2, 2013
My prayers and thoughts are with the entire Street family.
Billy M. Smith
Friend (Longview Class Of '59)
October 3, 2013
To the many friends and family of James Street, your friends and colleagues in Oregon mourn with you at the loss of such a great, kind, considerate man. James has meant so much to so many. He has left this world a better place. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Beth Bernard- Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
Trial Lawyer Fan Of James Street
October 2, 2013
His son Huston and wife Lacie were our neighbors during the baseball season in San Diego. Although we did not get to know him well, we came to love his sweet wife and adorable boys. I cannot think of one interview that I ever saw of Huston where he did not speak of his father and how he meant the world to him. We are brokenhearted for this devastating news. Huston, all of us back here in San Diego have such heavy hearts for you. Know that you are loved and in our prayers! Ralph and Beth
Beth West
Neighbor Of Huston's In San Dieg
October 2, 2013
Sweet Janie, Huston, Jordan, Juston, Hanson! Ryan, Our family will forever have James in our hearts as a silly, happy, inspirational man. He was more than famous to us, he was our buddy. Always teaching our son Ben, on the baseball field a life lesson. Many years of sitting, traveling around the country together sitting on bleachers. James and Janie always found a way to watch all four boys play baseball, never missing anyone's games. Here's a Starbucks to you James!! We love you all Linda and teddy
Linda and Teddy Druss
Friend
October 2, 2013
So many great memories of James Street are tied to my college life. Who could ever forget the contibutions he made as an athelete and person to the University of Texas. I will never forget what James did on the baseball and football field but i will even remember him more for the great person he was. James had an infectious personality that never wavered. I never saw him when he didn't ask about how I was doing and what was going on never mentioning anything about himself. I will never forget in the seventies I was walking up the steps to Cesars Palace in Las Vegas and at the top of the steps there stoop James out of the blue. We stood there for about 30 minutes talking about football, live, Austin and many other things. James Street was one of the finest men I ever knew. He will be missed but not forgotten.
Chuck Buzan
Friend
October 2, 2013
I was eleven, saw Richard Nixon sit across the stadium from me at the 40 yard line. I carry that with me today, but what I carry most and foremost is that James Street beat my Razorbacks that day! I cried, for days, but everyday since I have appreciated and thought what a young man and competitor James Street was and what his heart was made of. I have respected him and who he is from that day forward! I watched him play his heart out to beat us! From his run to his pass to phachel, which was perfect! I never held a grudge to James Street from that day, but admired him so much as a human being and a true heart competitor! If his heart gave out, I am so sorry to his wife, and five boys, but he gave so much of it, God Blessed him early, which he deserves! I was disappointed I did not see more of his leaving us on tv than there was! James Street, you beat my Hogs in the game of the Century, but you were someone I always wished I was! Even if for Texas!
Curtis R. Campbell
November 8, 2013
I was in the eighth when I saw James play at the old Lobo stadium he was my hero from then on.Few people know this but it was James that stopped the high school policy of giving a letter jacket every time you lettered.From '67 onward one jacket per year regardless of letters you earned that year.James earned 12 letter jackets from soph.to sen.years.4 each year for football,basketball,track & baseball.A very gifted athlete!May God bless James Street and family,Bob Gilchrist LHS'70
October 31, 2013
God bless you all for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time and we know that God is with each of you. And, know how blessed we all are (family and friends) to have so many fond and fun filled memories to hold dear and share.
Ann and James Mowery
October 9, 2013
God's Promise
God never promised a life without pain,
Laughter without tears or sun without rain.
But He did promise strength for the day,
Comfort for the tears and the light for the way,
And for all who believe In His Heaven above
He rewards their faith In His everlasting love.
Janie and family..
It's been years, we all stay so busy. So sorry to hear about James. You are blessed with a wonderful loving family, I pray you all can be there for one another. God Bless all of you.
Rhonda Raesz
October 8, 2013
My memories of Mary and James at Judson Middle School, then later at LHS are sweet. May God be with the family and mend their broken hearts.
Jessica Roach Ferguson
October 8, 2013
You will be deeply missed and may wife, children, family & friends know that you inspired many. Deepest thanks for all your courage,
Joanie Melton Sorensen Becker
October 7, 2013
Janie - so sorry to hear about James. May God bless you & your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Sarah (Salinas) Spillman
October 7, 2013
Thinking and praying for the family at this difficult time. I will always be grateful for the wonderful work James did for the Rise school of Austin. Thank you for the support you showed our children. May the golf tournament continue on in your honor.
Greg and Sally Steiner
October 7, 2013
one of the greats of Texas longhorn football has left us. he certainly made a name for himself playing for a legendary coach in Darrel Royal. He certainly was a gentleman both on and off the field. may our dear lord grant his family peace and comfort during this sad time. rest in peace Jim and thank you for your outstanding career
victor checketts
October 7, 2013
grateful 4urwork
October 6, 2013
I have remembered James for some 40+ years due to one reason-he was the only person in LHS that I remember who made those of us fell welcomed who entered our senior year from Judson due to a consoldiation.James went our of his way to welcome us and made a lasting impression on me. Later while at Texas Tech, I remember James coming to the fence behind the ut bench and saying hello and talking about our short time together at LHS. Later he asked me to join him in the locker room at ut after a Tech/ut game.I cannot say enough about how great those monents made me feel for so many years. He was a true gentleman and will be missed.
Dean Stalcup
October 6, 2013
To James Street's family -
What a wonderful husband, & father James was I am certain - because he was a great young man, friend and athlete when we lived in Longview.
He was in my brothers grade and played football with Gary, my brother. However he was on JV when my ex-husband,Charlie Tyner, (now passed away)played for Longview Jr. High & High School and was a team mate.
We called James Jimmy back then - my family cared for Jimmy allot.
We were shocked to learn of his passing. We send our prayers and hope for your peace and comfort. He will be missed
Francie Marchione Willis
October 6, 2013
Janie,
God bless you and your family at such a difficult time. James
was a legend and a good friend. Our prayers are with. I will
always cherish the good times and true character of the person,
not just the athlete. Our hearts are all saddened from James'
parting but enriched by having known him. David & Jane Fender
Tyler, UT 69' -70'
David Fender
October 5, 2013
James will be missed. He was a wonderful father and a great example of what a father should be. Rusty & Judy Asaff
Rusty & Judy Asaff
October 5, 2013
James Street has always been one of my heros.
I knew DKR couldn't be too far from him very long.
And ya know FS is just waitin' for the opportunity to see him.
I just know it.
One of the true greats.
Michael Whitworth
October 5, 2013
Janie and Family, You are in our thoughts and prayers. James was a wonderful man and will be missed.
Jim, Sherry, Will & Brent Conrad
October 4, 2013
May God bless James Street and his family and Mary and her family! Travis street, Mary, Helen, and the black bute. What memories. Thanks! May God Bless!
Carl Cooper LHS '66
October 4, 2013
So long Slick. We will miss you. We were there, for the "Big Shoot-out". We Longhorn fans will never forget you. Best wishes to Houston, and the rest of the family. Bonnie Gae & Bill Haight. Hook 'Em
william H. Haight
October 4, 2013
The world will miss James Street. He was well liked and very respected. The world could use many, many more like him. God Bless.
October 4, 2013
Now I have another angel to call on when UT is in a crunch. 3 cheerleaders (my son being one), 2 coaches (Royal & Landry), Cole Pittman & now a new angel, James Street. RIP James. You've earned it. You'll be missed but your memory will be kept alive. Prayers are with your family & we know this world was a better place while you were passing through.
Carol Binford
October 4, 2013
"James Street stood for gritty determination and hard work, with the heart of a champion. As a student at UT when James was quarterbacking the team, I thank him for the great memories he helped to create."
Randy Schultz
October 4, 2013
1969 was my freshman year at UT. James Street was highly respected, admired, and loved. His passing comes way too soon. Saying prayers for his extended family.
Gary Touchton
October 4, 2013
When he smiled the room lit up. Loving husband and father, faithful friend and neighbor, superior athlete. Now that light has dimmed and only an orange glow remains, but we will always remember that brilliant smile that shown so brightly .
We love you all,
Geralyn & Harry Vine
Harry Vine
October 4, 2013
I was so sad to hear James had been taken away from us. I had the pleasure of working for James at ESP and James Street Insurance. He was one of a kind. There is nothing James couldn't do - he was the most gifted person I have ever met. He had a wonderful heart and was always ready to help. I have not seen James, Janie, or the children in years but have always kept them in a special place in my heart. They are people you will never forget. Texas has truly lost a legend too early. Janie, I am so sad for you and the children. Just remember he will be looking down and helping all of you through this sad time. God had a special need in heaven for taking James away from all of us too soon! God bless you all.
Dee Meuth
October 4, 2013
You will always be one of my heros, James Street. My first year in Austin, as a 10-11 yr old, was one of my best! My blood turned burnt orange and I became a life-long Longhorn fan. The Great Shootout of '69 will forever be ingrained in my heart and soul. Thank you James, Coach Royal and the '69 Texas Longhorns for that very special memory.
You have now made first string, James. Coach Royal has a new playbook and is waiting to put you into the greatest game you will ever play.
HORNS UP! THE EYES OF TEXAS ARE UPON YOU!
My deepest condolences to you, Janie. You and your beautiful family were so blessed with such a wonderful man, a loving husband and father and a dear friend to hundreds, if not thousands.
God bless you. Cherish the precious memories...
Mel Hutzler
October 4, 2013
James was an icon among many great UT athletes and made Longhorns everywhere so very proud. His heroics during the 1969 National Championship football season have spoken for themselves for 44 years and will never be forgotten. A fine person and family man, his loss is great. He made a real difference to so many. May God bless James' eternal soul and give comfort to his family. RIP, no. 16. You were a true leader and role model, young man.
Ken Randall
October 4, 2013
Dear Janie, Mary, Sewell, and the Street family,
My father, Fred Cook, and I are very saddened to hear the news of James' passing. James was quite an AMAZING man who has positively touched so many lives throughout the years. He has been a gift to all of us and a part of our family.
Although, you may not remember me, your mother, Mrs. Street, was very close friends with my grandmother, Alleyene Cook Davidson. Our families lived across the street from each other in Longview. In fact, Mary and James often babysat me. Although I was quite small, I do remember the fun I had with them. So, we have many fond memories of sharing life's journey together.
Our thoughts, love, and prayers are with all of you during this very difficult time.
James is now with the angels and will forever be in our hearts.
Love,
Marisa Cook Hurst
Marisa Cook Hurst
October 4, 2013
A leader in every sense of the word -determination, character and goodwill defined him. James was an extraordinary
human being and we are all better for the time he spent on this earth. God Bless his memory and his wonderful family.
Martin W. Dies
October 4, 2013
I was a senior at William B. Travis High School and working at Green Pastures when James Street and the Longhorn team played Arkansas. James Street was one heck of a quarterback and his days and years forward will be remembered forever with our hearts. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this very sad time. James is now with Our Lord with my Dad and so many others. James, when you see my Dad be sure to give him my love and hugs and kisses. Also, the two of you together can do the "HOOK 'EM HORNS!" We love you and both of you will be truly missed!

With Sympathy, Carolyn Macha Trott, Green Valley, AZ
October 4, 2013
As a student at LHS, James exhibited the qualities even then that made him a most outstanding human being. We all knew how extremely gifted he was, but he never flaunted his gifts. His kindness and empathy for others was always in the forefront. He came from humble beginnings, and worked hard for his family even as a teen. Also, he had one of the most eloquent singing voices in our concert choir. I have fond memories of James, Mary, and their mom, in our small east Texas community. My heartfelt prayers go out to his Janie and the boys, Mary and Sewell and their families. He is missed, but not gone from our hearts.
Jane Dees Sutherland
October 4, 2013
James was a one of the best guys I ever knew. Even though I haven't had contact with him since high school, I thought of him often and was even telling a story about him to a group of guys just last week. He made an impression on my life just like he did with scores of others. My prayers and thoughts are with the Street family.
Charles Holmes
October 4, 2013
I was the Limo driver for Jordan and Justin senior night graduation for Westlake and the pit boss for James' last company boat casino party on Town Lake and I knew him a little-talked to him as a student at Nighthawk on Guadalupe -I was 3 years his junior but as a UT student he made all our lives better -Bless his whole family and Longhorn Nation in his memory
Steven Dillon
October 4, 2013
Thanks for the memories. You came along when our state and nation really needed you. Blessings. to the Street family.
Don Stevenson
October 4, 2013
He was a football legend and I'm honored to have had the privilege of meeting a true hero.
DeAnna Perry
October 4, 2013
I saw James Street on TV when I was in Jr High when he played in that REMARKABLE Texas Shootout against Arkansas ! He was my inspiration that day and, the icing on the cake was watching The Longhorn Band at half-time ! I was SOLD ! I went to UT and became a member of The Longhorn Band and am now a member of The Longhorn Alumni Band ! From one Longhorn to another... Thanks James ! Hook 'Em !
May The Good Lord welcome you with open arms. With all my Admiration and Respect. Danny Gonzales (LHB '72-'73)
Danny Gonzales
October 4, 2013
Janie and family,
Janie,You are in my prayers. James was my first hero. You and your family good friends. God bless you all,liz Chapman
elizabeth chapman
October 3, 2013
Aside from all his accomplishments, James was a very GOOD man. And that is what we have lost. God bless James and all his family.
Chris Crow
October 3, 2013
Got his autograph on my Sports Illustrated just 4 weeks ago in Little Rock. Waited 44 years to have him sign it. He was the best !
Rick Alexander
October 3, 2013
Guys like James seem to have kind of immortal quality about them. I never thought of him being. Undersized. Thanks for being the young man who threw perhaps the most famous pass in all of NCAA history!
David Waters
October 3, 2013
James. No words can express what your smile meant to me as you and Janie greeted me and my young boys, often as the last to get into the church on so many Sunday mornings. No words had to be spoken. We just knowingly smiled as we sat on the window ledge among a gaggle of our collective children while they fidgeted. You will be missed! But you are so remembered! Peace, James.
Ali Gallagher
October 3, 2013
Texas lost a football hero this week. His life influenced many young people, both on and off the field. A true Texas legend will be missed.
Greg Beall
October 3, 2013
James was always so great to be around, such an inspiring person. Janie and boys you are in our prayers.
Larry and Tracey People's
October 3, 2013
Growing up James' family lived just a couple of blocks from my brothers & I and we all went through school with James & Mary. I am sorry for your loss Mary. James was a great all around kid and was nice to everyone and that smile will last for ever. My daughter and grandson, Austin, are Longhorn followers as myself & knew everything about James' career and we also have been following Houston's ability. James was an awesome human being. God Bless his wife and family and give them the strength they need.
Connie Bridges Ryan
October 3, 2013
Janie,
So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Sherry Rehfeld McColpin
October 3, 2013
He was my favorite quarterback. I had the obortunity to meet him twice. Once in 1970 at a book signing and again years later on a plane to Maui. I got to chat with him about his football days and congratulate him on his enshrinement in the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame. He will be missed, my sympathies to his family.
Michael Davis
October 3, 2013
My heart goes out to you Janie, and to your family. May the memories of your life together be always with you and your family.
June Stalzer
October 3, 2013
Broken Spoke
October 3, 2013
James I will never forget the only time I ever met you was at a book signing in Houston. You didn't know me, yet you spent an hour talking about the Wishbone T offense with me....the lead step, the adjustment step, the mesh point and all those wonderful stories about Worster. I was a wishbone quarterback in high school and I was loving every minute of our conversation. This in a small way explifies what kind of person you were. Always giving of your time. Rest in peace my friend, and tell Coach Royal hello.
Billy Wright
Houston, Texas
Billy Wright
October 3, 2013
I was fortunate to be at UT when Street played. It was an exciting time...thanks for the memories, James . A good man. My thoughts & prayers are with his family.
Judy Windham Alderson
October 3, 2013
My brother, John, and James grew up together...playing in the streets of Longview and on the baseball field. Now that they are both in heaven, I am sure old times will be rehashed over again.
Being 6 years younger, most of my brother's friends looked upon me as the little brat always trying to hang around. But James was different! He was always kind to me and never tried to get rid of me. I remember once when the boys teased him for sitting down and playing with me for a few minutes. He just laughed at them. He was a special kind. My sympathy and prayers go out to the entire family.
Ann Forster Jennings
October 3, 2013
I was a senior in high school when UT won, and I was in love with James. Fast
forward, my daughter was in love with Houston. I am so sorry for everyone.
Sarah M.
October 3, 2013
It's the little things, the small, everyday occurrences that you Janie and the boys will remember. The laughs, the stories, the smiles. And even though it seems like you never recover from your loss, it is these memories that will help push the pain away and bring back the smiles. Coach Royal needed a new QB and indeed summoned a loyal follower. May his spirit experience celestial peace and heavenly bliss and forever Hook Em.
Traut Kelly & David
October 3, 2013
James Street was a great quarterback and an even better baseball pitcher. However, I remember him as a nice guy who happened to be a great Longhorn hero. James, we will miss you. Thanks for all the great memories and sympathies to your family. Rest in Peace.
Robert Gonzales
October 3, 2013
My heart goes out to the entire Street family for their loss of James. James Street not only was a tremendous athelete but an even better man. Number 16 should be retired at UT not only for what James did on the field but off as well.James puched his ticket to heaven a long time ago.May God Bless his family and James rest in peace never to be forgotten.
Chuck Buzan
October 3, 2013
MCCOY-YOUNG-WILLIAMS-CAMPBELL-NOBIS-LAYNE...

and nobody from the '69 Horns? What's missing? STREET!

Retire #16 today!

RIP James Street--you were a gamer.
Anonymous
October 3, 2013
Condolences to the family of James. I'm just one of the lucky human beings to have lived on earth at the same time and enjoy all the Longhorn splendor he could spread. It was wonderful.
Kathy
October 3, 2013
I grew up on Travis St., Longview, James, his sister Mary- older brother Sewell lived on Travis also, I recall sand lot football with James and his brother, both were good athletes and good guys, James went on to perfrom at a high level in sports and as a good person, he will be missed.
Richard Crawford
October 3, 2013
I offer my deepest sympathies to the family of James Street. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I wish you comfort and peace with your memories of such a special person.


Sincerely,
Phaedra White Abbott
October 3, 2013
I attended LHS, class of '65! I had geometry class with James, one of my least favorite subjects! Being shy, I didn't respond well to the teacher's "challenging" method of teaching. I had to put a problem on the board one day and explain it; when the teacher began to challenge every step in the problem, I simply froze. James came to my defense and rescued me. He will always be my hero! So sorry for your loss. May you feel God's loving embrace through your sorrow.
Amanda Jane Waddell DeMunbrun, LHS class of '65
October 3, 2013
James was a friend when I didn't have many. I believe he will be a starter for the Lord . May God give the family stregth.
Robert Clack
October 3, 2013
I know my dear sister was there to welcome James to Heaven - there's a crowd from Longview there to greet him! We were always so proud to say we grew up with James Street! My prayers go to his wife and sister and family. Carol Dickinson
October 3, 2013
I met James at Coach Royals 80th birthday party for the first time, even tho I was working the event he still took the time to take a picture and tell a few jokes! I also had the honor to see him on game days and for the many events he attended at UT. He was always a breath of fresh air and always ready with a smile and a hug every time we met. My sympathies to ms. Janie and the boys. R.I.P. James you were an amazing man whom I looked forward to seeing ! Hook um! Ms. Joyce, formally of the UT Club
Joyce Gordon
October 3, 2013
James was a good friend growing up and playing ball together.
Bobby Grizzle
October 3, 2013
I watched James throw footballs and baseballs with the kids in our neighborhood many years ago in Longview. As a young man, he was someone to idolize, even then. And what a legend Mr. Street turned out to be. May your family be blessed with peace and comfort as prayers are offered up by so many for you.
Richard Ross
October 3, 2013
A rare few are legends in their own time. Fewer still deserve such. James Street and his family earned that honor.
Jim and Clare Shaw
October 3, 2013
I saw this True Legend play football when I attended my first UT game when I was in junior high. I was visiting my Aunt and Uncle in Austin. Such a sweet memory I hold in my heart. Rest in Peace, dear James. Your memory will live on forever at the University of Texas and in our hearts. Hook 'em.
Dina D. Rodriquez
October 3, 2013
We've lost a great one.
RIP and Hook em
anonymous
October 2, 2013
I was at UT for part of James' time there, and one evening I saw him at the Broken Spoke. He didn't know me from Adam, but you wouldn't have known that from the way he treated my friend and me. Classy guy!!!
Longhorn Fan
October 2, 2013
I am very very sorry for the early passing of a very great man. He will always be one of my favorite football heroes! My wife and I sat behind him and his wife several years ago at a TEXAS-O U game. I told James that I listened to the national championship game of 1969 game on Armed Forces Radio in Vietnam. James and his wife were so kind to talk with me during the game and thanked me for my service to our country. That is a lifetime experience I will never forget. The Eyes of Texas are upon you and your family James Street!!!
Bill Krueger
October 2, 2013
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