Leon Joslin dies at 100; had hoped to break age-group records
Here’s the note Tim sent:
Leon Joslin, my Dad,Â passed away at 5:25am, May 22nd at age 100+.Â I`m sure he said toÂ himself “I`m out of here!”. He went to join his beloved wife, Betty, who left usÂ in June 2005.Â As most of you know he competed in throwing events last Summer at age 99.
He was looking forward to breaking the discus record for 100+ but never quiteÂ made it! He was from the hard scrabble generation of the 1920`s and 30`s. As a kid ,he delivered papers in the dark predawn hours, walked along railroad tracks looking for pieces of coal that had fallen off coal cars and just basically hustled to help his family survive. His father owned a grocery store in the 30`s and basically gave food away to people who had no money to pay the monthly tab. The store failed due to his generosity.
My Dad treasured his friendship with Former President Gerald FordÂ Â and was proud to have been on the same Ohio State track teamÂ with Jesse Owens in 1933. OwensÂ won a bunch of gold medals at the 1935 Berlin Olympics, thoroughly disgusting a guy named Hitler.
My Dad loved the Mariners. HeÂ read the Seattle Times every day and stayed up with current events. One of last questions he asked at the hospital, just hours before passing away was “did we win?”. Yes Dad we beat the Texas Rangers 6-1. I loved you Dad!!Â