Bonds’ Spirit and Memory Alive at Final Game

First published in the Dec. 2 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

Humility, respect, class, culture, character, father figure, grit, brotherhood, generous, selfless.
These are just a few words from family members, former and current players, and staff members used to describe the legacy of former St. Francis High School head coach Jim Bonds, who passed away from complications of multiple myeloma last October.
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Longtime St. Francis Coach Jim Bonds Dies of Cancer

Jim Bonds

Jim Bonds, a former UCLA quarterback and veteran St. Francis High School head football coach, died early Wednesday morning from complications of multiple myeloma, school officials reported. He was 51.
“Jimmy put up an amazing fight until his last breath,” Father Tony Marti, president of St. Francis, and Principal Tom Moran said in a joint statement. “He was a fighter and an inspiration to us all.”
Bonds, survived by his wife, Tricia, and their children, Katie and James, was diagnosed with cancer in spring 2018 but returned to the sidelines that fall after treatment. However, the cancer returned and he was recently admitted at UCLA Medical Center. In a Stand Up to Cancer segment during Game 3 of the recent World Series, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts held up a card with Bonds’ name, honoring his fellow Bruin’s battle with the disease.

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