|Birth: ||Mar. 17, 1923|
|Death: ||Jan. 1, 2006|
James P. McIntire, who was a mentor to numerous athletes and students and a long time resident of Proctor, died Sun., Jan. 1, 2006 at Sunnyside Health Care Center in Cloquet. He was 82.
He was born March 17, 1923 in Carlton to Otis Henry and Thresia (Peacha) McIntire and graduated from Carlton High School in 1941. He graduated from Duluth Teachers College in 1947. He earned a Master's Degree in School Administration and Counseling from UMD. Jim was united in marriage to Margery Ann Hollands-worth on Sept. 2, 1962. He taught school in Madelia, Minn. for two years before coming to Proctor.
McIntire was hired to fill in for Henry Chapman who went into the military to fight in the Korean War. McIntire served in the Proctor School District as a teacher, coach, and in 1967 become the Jr. High Principal. He was the PHS boys physical education and health teacher for grades 7-10. He was also the head coach for football and track for 17 years, basketball, golf, and baseball. He coached the 1957 and 1958 football teams to undefeated seasons, and Minnesota State record holder in the mile, Garry Bjorklund. Bjorklund became an All American/ Olympic track star.
McIntire was reinducted into the Proctor Rails' Hall of Fame in the fall. In 1994, during the Proctor centennial, he and Henry Chapman were the Grand Marshals for the Hoghead Parade. In 1993, the Proctor half-marathon was renamed the Jim McIntire Half Marathon in his honor.
McIntire pioneered cross training long before it became popular and the standard for conditioning.
In 1968, he began a new career at C.Z. Wilson Co. Sporting Goods in Duluth. He retired from there in 1980.
In his early years, Jim was well known in the area for his athletic prowess. His efforts and playing ability helped bring an underdog Carlton High School basketball team to the state tournament. He also spent time as a semi-professional baseball player. During his teaching and coaching career, he developed techniques for teaching running that were recognized and adopted by high school and collegiate coaches throughout the United States. His legacy resides not only in his children, but also within his students and foremost his beloved athletes. Although he retired from coaching 37 years ago, countless former athletes still called and stopped by his home for visits. In his tenure at Proctor, he had athletes who became pro football players. His wisdom, advice and discipline gave everyone whose life he touched an edge on handling life and its challenges.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Alice Hannifin McIntire, an infant son Kevin Patrick McIntire, brothers Earl and Wes McIntire, and sisters Dorothy Lang, Helen Gleason, Shirley Hanson, and Anna Mae Strom.
He is survived by his wife Margery, daughters Glenna (Jim) Alstad of Grand Rapids, Susan (Les) Riess and Bonnie (David) Sarazin, both of Cloquet, and Nancy (Jim Irving) McIntire of Proctor, ten grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, sisters Marjorie Bolf of Duluth and Margaret McIntire and Mary Jane Hoover, both of Calif., son Jay (Susan) Roley and family of Spicer, Minn., and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services were held Wed., Jan. 4 at St. Rose Catholic Church in Proctor. Interment at Oneota Cemetery.
Thressie Cordelia Peacha McIntire (1893 - 1960)
Margery Ann Hollandsworth McIntire (1920 - 2009)*
James Patrick McIntire (1923 - 2006)
Shirley Patricia McIntire Hanson (1936 - 1992)*
St. Louis County
Created by: Ben Hanson
Record added: Sep 13, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 29775331