Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Sunday, April 16, 2006 at 13:38:46 :
Tuesday, March 20, 1984
Section B, page 4
Jim Gilmartin; ex-IJ sports editor
Jim Gilmartin, 55, former sports editor of the Independent Journal for 25 years, died Monday night at Ross General Hospital after a lengthy illness.
A longtime San Rafael resident, Mr. Gilmartin was born in San Francisco and came with his family to Marin at age 11. He attended elementary schools and then San Rafael High School. He was named to all-league teams in basketball and football during his high school days in the early 1940s.
Mr. Gilmartin was advertising manager for the high school paper and during his senior year was offered a job as a part-time sports writer with the Independent Journal, covering high school sports. After his graduation from San Rafael High in 1946, Mr. Gilmartin remained at the IJ as a reporter, covering news, sports and even society events. He became sports editor in 1948, a position he held until he resigned in 1971.
His career at the IJ was interrupted by the Korean War. He served in the Marine Corps in Korea from 1950 to 1953.
Over the yeas, his sports columns were among the most entertaining parts of the Independent-Journal. He had a tremendous wit and outstanding sense of humor which found their way into his columns that ranged from subjects like Little League teams to the major leagues.
In one of his final IJ columns, Mr. Gilmartin wrote about his 25 years of writing and mentioned many of those he had interviewed during that time. The list included celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Rocky Marciano, Sugar Ray Robinson, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, Hugh McElhenny, Nate Thurmond, Casey Stengel and Arnold Palmer.
Mr. Gilmartin wrote: “In spite of rubbing elbows with a lot of the big shots in professional sports – Leo the Lip, Frankie Albert, Arnie Palmer (the greatest) – my first love always has been and always will be the local stars.”
Prior to his illness, Mr. Gilmartin was courier supervisor at Farrell Courier Service in San Francisco where he worked for two years.
Mr. Gilmartin is survived by his wife, Jeanne; a son, Garth Gilmartin of Sonoma; a daughter, Kelly Gilmartin of Stinson Beach; four sisters, Helen Becker, Jacqueline Gilmartin and Nancy Backman, all from San Rafael, and Marilyn Magliulo of Novato; and one granddaughter.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Keaton’s Mortuary.
CA Death Index: James Joseph Gilmartin was born June 3, 1928; his mother’s maiden name was Code.
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