Clay Huntington passed away today at age 89. He was Tacoma sports and civic icon whose contributions ranged from wooing Triple-A baseball to Tacoma in 1960 to the formation of the Tacoma Athletic Commission.
He was also one of the kindest, gentlest and respectful men I've ever met.
I met him shortly after I started at the News Tribune when he introduced himself to me in the Mariners press box. From that day on, healways had a firm handshake and a warm smile whenever I saw him. He did that with everyone, but it still made you feel special. One of my favorite parts of any Mariners game was seeing him in the press box and talking with him for a few minutes.
Even in the past few years, when his health was deteriorating, he was still sharp and had great wit.
TNT columnist John McGrath is penning Clay's full obit now. I'm sure a few tears are being shed as he types. Clay was that good of a person.
The city of Tacoma is a far better place because of Clay Huntington.
Rest in Peace, Clay.