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April 23, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Marv Harshman public memorial scheduled for May 11

A public memorial service celebrating the life of Marv Harshman will be held 1 p.m. May 11 at the University of Washington where he became a Northwest icon.

Harshman, a revered Hall of Fame basketball coach, died April 12 at age 95.

“When you live your life in the public, there’s a lot of people – particularly older people – who identified with him and his career,” said Harshman’s son Dave “The fact that he spent 40 years coaching and all in the state of Washington is pretty unique.

“We want to make this a celebration and not a funeral. I’m hoping it’s going to be a joyful celebration.”

The memorial service, which will last about 90 minutes, will be held at the Marv Harshman practice court at Alaska Airlines Arena. A reception will immediately follow in the arena concourse.

Washington coach Lorenzo Romar is expected to speak along with several former players on Harshman’s teams.

The legendary coach began his career at Pacific Lutheran University where he led the Lutes to four NAIA District I titles in basketball and four national tournament appearances. He was 241-121 in 13 years (1945-58) at PLU.

Harshman moved on to Washington State where he compiled a 151-185 record during a 13-year tenure from 1958-71. His best teams finished second in the Pac-8 conference three times behind powerhouse UCLA.

At Washington, Harshman had his greatest success.

In 14 years with the Huskies (1971-85), he led them to four 20-win seasons and five postseason appearances, including three NCAA tournaments berths (1976, ‘84 and ‘85) and two National Invitation Tournament berths (1980 and ’82).

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