Whit Hemion Jr.

Whit Hemion Jr., born in Seattle in 1946 and a 1965 graduate of Lakes High School, earned a degree from Western Washington University in 1969 and went on to teach and coach in the Clover Park School District. He was the basketball coach at Woodbrook Junior High and later the coach at Clover Park High School.

Whit Hemion Sr. and wife Shirley enjoyed a long relationship with slowpitch, watching sons Whit Jr., Jack, and David and daughter Kathy all play on top local ball clubs over the years.

Whit Jr. played for the Tacoma Merchants, Dean’s Tavern, Hi Hat and the Outfitters in the 1970s. Among the top honors he received was the MVP Award at the Third Annual Jerry Bassett Invitational in 1978.  That same year, a tragic airplane crash en route to the regional championships in Montana took the life of Whit Jr. one of the Pacific Northwest’s most-feared long-ball softball players of his era.