Terry Cavender, former football coach at Tahoma High School and highly regarded athletic administrator in a variety of school districts, died Thursday after collapsing at his workplace in Puyallup.
He was 67.
Cavender was the Bears’ head coach for four seasons in the 1980s, then became the school’s athletic director for eight years before being named AD of the Puyallup School District. He was the state athletic director of the year in 2002-03 and a past president of the WSSAAA (Washington Secondary School Athletic Administrators Association).
He went on to become AD at Camas High School and then Franklin Pierce and also served as an assistant executive director for the WIAA. His current position was as director of operations in the Puyallup School District.
“Terry was an outstanding teacher, coach, athletic director and friend to many,” said Dave Lutes, Kent School District AD. “He never lost sight of serving the students, coaches and community patrons wherever he worked. I learned many things from Terry and will miss him dearly.”
Memorial services have not yet been announced.
“Terry’s friends and family are grieving this tragic loss,” Rick Wells, Puyallup School District AD, wrote in an e-mail. “Please keep his wife and children in your thoughts and prayers.”