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8245 Highway 39
Klamath Falls, OR 97603
Phone: 541-883-5040
Fax: 541-883-6663
Contact: Jack Lee
Email: leej@kcsd.k12.or.u. . .


The Gerald “Joe” Arant Memorial Running Trail

 
Joe graduated from Henley High School in 1956. He played football, basketball, and threw the shot-put while attending HHS. Upon graduation and college, Joe farmed in the Henley area for many years and then went to work as Head Custodian at Henley. Joe served in that capacity until he died suddenly in the fall of 2005 when he and his son Mark were returning home from their annual elk hunting trip. The pickup and horse trailer that they were driving was struck by another vehicle driven by a drunk driver. Both Joe and Mark died from this tragedy.
 
He coached youth sports teams throughout the years and enjoyed following their athletic careers as some even went on to play at the college level. Being an employee at HHS was very fulfilling for him because it gave him the opportunity to be at all of the sporting and academic events! He could be seen lining fields, running the football chains, and sitting in the audience at plays and concerts. Joe loved to watch students be successful!
 
Joe’s family tells lots of stories about him. One is about how he got the nickname “Joe”. His given name was Gerald. When he was playing football as a half-back for HHS a new coach named Al Fairchild came to the school. The football players decided to play a joke and told the new coach made up names. Gerald said his name was “Joe” and from that day on coach would call him “Little Joe”. The name stuck with him for the rest of his life.
 
His roots run deep in the Henley Schools and Community. His father-in-law is Ralph Hill. Ralph Hill was a graduate of Henley High School in 1927 and competed in the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles and won the Silver Medal in the 5,000 meters. Ralph was inducted into the Henley High School Hall of Fame in 2012. Joe also has left quite a legacy in the Henley Community. His daughter Margaret is a teacher at Henley Elementary School and his other daughter Leslie is the Principal at Brixner Junior High.
 
Joe Arant loved Henley and Henley loved him. He will be part of Henley forever.


 

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