Denny Strickland — basketball player, golfer, husband, father, grandfather, artist — died Monday.
He was 73.
Strickland was one of the many Bremerton basketball players who played for the legendary Ken Wills and went on to star in college.
Strickland was 1956 West Bremerton grad — that’s the year Bremerton merged into East and West Highs — and he started three years at Oregon. He also played golf for the Ducks. Some say Strickland could have pursued a career as a professional golfer.
Strickland, who was 6-foot-5, gained some notoriety in college for breaking a backboard while dunking a basketball.
After college, Strickland taught at the Seattle Art Institute and later became a successful graphic artist. He designed the iconic Seattle SuperSonics’ logo — not the original, but the one that had the Seattle skyline cut out inside a basketball. Of all the Sonics’ logos, it lasted the longest (1975-95) and remains, in my opinion, the best. He also designed the original Sounders logo and worked with Nike when it starting its original advertising campaign.
He’s survived by his wife Nancy, sons Jack and and Christopher, daughters Stacy and Shawn, brother Lance, sister Nancy, and six grandchildren. He was raised by his mom, Phyllis, and late stepfather Barney Kahn, in Bremerton. His daughter, Shawn, is married to Jack Sikma. Former East High/University of Puget Sound star Brant Gibler is Strickland’s cousin.
I’m working on a story about Strickland. Look for it later online or read it in the print edition Thursday.
Strickland’s service is 2 p.m., Saturday at Sahalee Country Club in Kirkland.