Alumni News – September/October 2010
Booker Edgerson Goes on the Wall of Fame - October 2010
FORMER BUFFALO BILLS PLAYER AND COACH JIM WAGSTAFF OBITUARY
IDAHO FALLS - James "Jim" Burke Wagstaff, 74, of Idaho Falls, passed away September 28, 2010, in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
He was born June 12, 1936, in American Falls, Idaho. He graduated from American Falls High school; a BA from Idaho State College in 1958, and his master's degree from Utah State University.
In 1955, he married Nancy Jean Bennett.
He is survived by his children, Cary and Geniel; his grandchildren, Nicole, Dylan, Ashlee, and Dallas. He is preceded in death by his parents, Clark and Clara, his siblings, Yvonne and Sunny, and his son, Jimmy.
Jim was an accomplished athlete. In high school, he held the conference and state record in the pole vault. While attending school at Idaho State University, he earned eight varsity letters and was selected to the "All-Conference" team in football. Jim was selected as a member of the Idaho State University "Hall of Fame."
Following his tenure at ISU, he was drafted to the National Football League. Jim played professional football for the Detroit Lions, Chicago Cardinals, and the Buffalo Bills (1960-1961).
Jim taught at multiple schools throughout Idaho. In 1963, he began teaching at Pocatello High and then moved to Idaho Falls High. Throughout his teaching career, Jim taught government, physical education and health. He also served as a football, wrestling and track coach. In 1969, he became the defensive coordinator at Boise State University. In 1973-1978, he moved to Los Angeles to coach with the LA Rams. From 1978-1980, he was a member of the Buffalo Bills coaching staff. From 1981-1986 Jim was with the San Diego Chargers. He retired from the NFL in 1986, and moved back to Idaho and then to Kenai, Alaska, to be the head football coach at Kenai Central High. Jim coached the Down Under Bowl in Australia and New Zealand from 1991-1994.
Condolences or a sympathy card may be sent to the family at www.coltrinmortuary.com.
The Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation Annual
Weekend of Events / September 2010
Sept. 11, Legends of the
Gridiron VIP Gala at the Seneca Niagara Events Center in Niagara Falls.
12, Legends of the Gridiron VIP Tailgate Party, Bills versus Miami 2010
Sept. 13 Annual Celebrity Charity Golf Classic,
Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Club in Lewiston.
The following Hall
of Famers have been confirmed for the Bills Alumni Weekend:
HENDRICKS – Oakland Raiders, LEROY KELLY- Cleveland Browns, TOM MACK –
Los Angeles Rams,
ROGER WHERLI – St. Louis Cardinals, CHARLEY TAYLOR –
Washington Redskins, JIM TAYLOR – Green Bay Packers,
ELVIN BETHEA –
Houston Oilers, LEM BARNEY – Detroit Lions, LARRY LITTLE – Miami
KEN HOUSTON – Washington Redskins, MEL RENFRO – Dallas
Cowboys, PAUL KRAUSE – Minnesota Vikings –
JOE DE LAMIELLEURE –
Buffalo Bills, BILLY SHAW – Buffalo Bills, JIM KELLY – Buffalo Bills,
THURMAN THOMAS – Buffalo Bills