We lost another one of the good guys on Sunday.
Orville “Tinnie” Johnson died at his home from heart complications at age 94.
Johnson was a Tacoma native who played basketball at Washington State in the 1930s and wound up in Bremerton as a teacher, coach and eventually vice-principal at the high school.
Johnson was an outstanding baseball coach — his Wildcats won a mythical state title in 1953 — and worked as a Pac-8 basketball official. He was the assigning secretary for the local basketball association for years.
Although he was always referred to as “Tinnie” (as in Tin-nee), it’s believed his nickname was actually “Tinie” (as in Tiny). He had polio as a child and was small in stature and one of his siblings gave him the nickname.
At his request, there will be no funeral.
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