Jerry Sloan
1942 - 2020
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Jerry Sloan, Hall of Fame Utah Jazz head coach, died Friday, May 22, 2020 at 78. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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Published in The Columbian on May 22, 2020.
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September 23, 2020
My condolences to the Sloan family. May you continue to get comfort and peace from fond memories and God, today, tomorrow, and always.
July 23, 2020
A remarkable man and a well-lived life.
He achieved so much with class, humility, and by working harder than others. I have a farm near his in Hamilton County, Illinois. I have followed the Jerry Sloan story, and what a story it is. Condolences to the Jerry Sloan family.
Edward J. Blake, Jr.
Neighbor
June 29, 2020
spent many years watching the Kazz and Jerry Sloan. He was what most men should strive to emulate. He was always straightforward and Had a huge impact on the whole state of Utah. He took Utah Jazz Basketball to a elevated level that nobody else has ever done. Jerry, Your missed and there is a great sadness in basketball without you. THANK YOU ANS REST IN PEACE!!!!
K.Brown
Acquaintance
June 15, 2020
He was the best coach we would go to the airport when they came in and he would come out in his car and say to us are you still here we said yup and he came walking out once and waited for his wife to pick him up and he just sat out there and talk to us he was a good guy
Theresa Graves
Acquaintance
June 9, 2020
I had so many fun year's watching Jerry Coach the Utah Jazz during the 80s and 90s. Loved his coaching style and watching the greats John Stockton, Carl Malon, Jeff Hornacek and Russell. So sad for his families loss. RIP Coach Sloan
Kerri Jenkins
Acquaintance
June 7, 2020
Tammy, both Shay and I wanted to pass on our heart felt condolences for your loss. We will never forget our old Neighbors and friend.
Mike Griffith
Neighbor
June 4, 2020
What can you say about someone who lived most of their life in the public eye and left only positive memories? In every endeavor, Jerry Sloan was a fine example to all in a world increasingly lacking in such leadership. We were all blessed to have had him a part of our lives. A tough as nails player, a true champion as a coach in ways trophies don't represent, and and an even better human being that all that. Thank you, Coach. Our lives were enriched by you. If we're all lucky enough to make it to heaven, we'll look for the John Deere cap just a little bit above the crowd.
Scott
June 1, 2020
My best memory of Jerry Sloan is that I got a picture with him at the Jazz game Im so sorry for youre loss Im thinking of him and his family sending you lots of love and prayers he will be missed until we meet again he was the best coach for the Jazz Im sorry for youre loss
Michael
Friend
June 1, 2020
I have watched Jerry as a player in Chicago he contributed to my familys enjoyment of the basketball game. To the family Im so sorry for your loss. May the Creator of all things be with you.
May 31, 2020
Thank you for the memories... thank you for being strong and valiant to the end.. you will be missed.
John R. Stoor
May 31, 2020
Jerry, you were a great coach for the Utah Jazz its sad you had to go.
Giovanni Gutierrez
May 31, 2020
Thanks for all the great memories, Coach Sloan. You were the best!! Sincere condolences & love to the Sloan family.
Mari Calvert
May 30, 2020
My deepest condolences to the family. May you find comfort in your treasured memories of Your loved one and May God continue to comfort you in the days, months and years ahead.
May 30, 2020
Condolences to Tammy and the family. I only got to know Jerry after his diagnosis. He and my husband went through a lot of it together. I appreciate getting to know Tammy. We had some interesting times together caring for our husbands. She was truly devoted. He was a great man! Wishing you all peace and comfort.
Janice Lindsey
Friend
May 30, 2020
Adding our family tribute to Jerry Sloan and his family for many hours of enjoyment watching the Jazz. Sending our love and condolences to Tammy and your family at this difficult time.
Genevieve Groesbeck
Friend
May 29, 2020
Coach I have watched your career for years...thx for the memories. May the God of all comfort be with your family.
Lea
May 29, 2020
May you all feel peace and love at this time. ❤ Love Crista Thompson and Boys
CRISTA THOMPSON
Friend
May 28, 2020
PRAYERS TO HIS FAMILY, HE WAS AN EXCELLENT COACH.
PAT BOHANNON
May 28, 2020
My Condolences.
May 27, 2020
Jerry Time has gone very fast and the memories of our Championships will always be a highlight for the University of Evansville Aces You paved the way for 29 victories and no defeats yet never Boasting bragging but just playing hard and challenging us to work hard play hard and believe that it could be done and the five of us did it something that had not been repeated to this day. After your playing day at U of E were no more you still inspired us to continue in a tradition of excellence and we did in many ways Our last team meeting in 2016 still indicated the closeness that we established as starter and continue until May 22 2020 We will always remain a unit of togetherness, love, understanding, hard workers, simple, and just plain ole Aces. Rest well teammate . Rest on the strength of being just another good old boy from Southern Illinois/ Indiana that worked hard in a very simple life. Evansville all hail to thee, true and loyal we will be. Your remaining wonder four Aces of 65. Russ Grieger, Sam Watkins, Larry Humes, Herb Eilliams
Russ, Sam, Larry, Herb Aces 1965
Classmate
May 27, 2020
R.I.P Jerry. You will be sadly missed. Never forget you as a neighbor.
Kirbie Metheney
Neighbor
May 27, 2020
I worked at the Delta Center and Jerry never walked by without saying HI
Lindsay Campbell
Acquaintance
May 27, 2020
RIP Coach you will be missed you were such a great Coach for the JAZZ
Tim Pulley
May 26, 2020
A great man and a great coach. He taught me many valuable lessons about leadership and working hard. When once asked him about a player on the team that wasn't as outstanding as others, he told me I'll take a guy with a heart and willingness to learn/work hard over ego and talent any day. He was a gentle man and always there for others. Coach you will be missed, especially those hands, that smile and your kind heart. Now you have a new body and I'm sure you will give them heck up in heaven.
The standards have now been raised.
Prayers to the entire Sloan family. May you find comfort and peace in all the wonderful memories of your dad, husband, brother, uncle and granddad. Many of us Jazz fans, will for sure! He is the greatest and will live forever in all our hearts!
Michelle Porter
May 26, 2020
Rest In Peace Coach Sloan. God Bless You And Your Family.
Sandy Boone Esposito
Acquaintance
May 26, 2020
Rest in peace my dear friend..
You will be missed.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to
the Sloan family.

Dave & Nola
Nola Wayman
May 26, 2020
Used to see Coach walking on the Jordan River Parkway all the time. You could tell who it was from a quarter mile away! He would smile and say hi every single time. What a gift he was to this state and community. We love you Jerry, thanks for everything.
Joe Lomas
May 26, 2020
Thanks for the Memories and the great example.
John White
Friend
May 26, 2020
Rest in peace Coach Sloan
Larry&Dawna Swanger
May 26, 2020
Coach, Thank you for the example of hard work and determination. Teaching all who watched what it means to be a man of your word and honor commitments. Your legacy will live on through all of the lives you've touched.
Please forgive us when we push for a statue at the Arena. :)
Rachel
Rachel Bolin
May 26, 2020
Coach Sloan,
You're truly one-of-a-kind and will be remembered fondly not only as a Coach but as a wonderful human. Thank you for teaching my son great values as he worked under your tutelage. You were generous, kind, and respected your staff/players for their contributions, not their job position or title. You taught the players to be nice to the "little guy", too, for you never know how much information they have up their sleeve! A giant in stature and heart...that's our Jerry!
Janis Rowser
May 26, 2020
Rest In Peace
S.K.L.
May 26, 2020
My condolences go out to the family of Jerry Sloan. He will be missed by the basketball community. What a good coach.
Taylor
May 26, 2020
Thank you for the memories, laughs, and lessons learned. RIP dear friend.
Michael Thompson
May 26, 2020
He was a great Mr Bulls played in the 1966
As a player was a fromer assistant coach and great coach of the bulls go Bulls he always be at Chicago Bulls/ and was a fromer assistant coach under Utah Jazz a current Jazz coach and the bulls beat them in 1998 finals won the nba championship over the Jazz and at first he was a great MVC team out of evansville. He will be missed god bless Sloan family
Ryan Alexander
Significant_other
May 26, 2020
Thanks for many GREAT years! We love you!!❤
Holly Crawford
May 25, 2020
Thank you for they great memories. God bless the Sloan family. Your the best Jerry.
Tammy Wilson
May 25, 2020
Thankyou,Jerry
May 25, 2020
Our heartfelt prayers are with the family and friends. Please know that the Father of tender mercies grant you all with continuous love and comfort.

MM, Jackson MS
May 25, 2020
Played the game as it was supposed to be played Honest, Tough
and No frills or self-promoting. Bless You Jerry.
joe parker
May 25, 2020
Jerry Dolan has best coach player for many year. I pray for their family.
Shayne Row
Friend
May 25, 2020
My sincere condolences to the family and friends for your loss. Jerry will be missed. May the God of comfort give you comfort and peace during this difficult time.
Neighbor
Friend
May 25, 2020
With sympathies and condolences to Jerry Sloans family and friends. We appreciate all he accomplished for the teams and for the NBA. May God who is tender in mercies comfort the family always.
May 25, 2020
My sincere condolences to the Sloan family. May the God of all comfort provide you all the strength to cope with your loss
May 25, 2020
Rest easy coach.
May 25, 2020
Our deepest condolences to the family. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort you all during this extremely difficult time.
May 25, 2020
Heartfelt condolences to the Sloan family, may God be with you in your time of sorrow.
May 24, 2020
I will miss you Jerry Sloan Utah jazz head coach.
Steven Montgomery
Friend
May 24, 2020
I will miss you Jerry Sloan Utah jazz head coach.
Steven Montgomery
Friend
May 24, 2020
What a coach! What a man! What a life! He showed us that a sport should be played the same way that we should live. May Our Lord embrace you, forgive you your sins and give you the eternal peace we all long for.
Rest in peace, Coach.
George McLaughlin
May 24, 2020
Mark & Kaye, Utah Jazz game
Thank you, Coach Sloan for so many precious memories for my husband and for me. My husband and I have been season-ticket holders with the Utah Jazz since, 1989. We started dating in 1988, and the following year my husband purchased his first season of Utah Jazz tickets. My husband and I while dating would attend Utah Jazz games at the old Salt Palace. We loved watching the Jazz play, and we fell in love and then married in 1991. We have been going to Jazz games ever since. Thank you Coach Sloan and the Utah Jazz for being a huge part of my family's life. The Utah Jazz, Coach Sloan, and all the many players have given us reason to cheer and be happy when life got/gets difficult. Rest well, Coach and keep dribbling that basketball and playing hard. God bless.
Kaye Rachele-Flanery
May 24, 2020
Alishia
May 24, 2020
Just look at where all these kind words come from, it's nation wide.
Why you might ask? Because Coach Slone made a national impact on all of us in this great nation.
Prayers for all the family in this sad time.
Mahlon Eblen
May 24, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
May 24, 2020
It was a must see game every year in the 90s when the Jazz came to Philly-I was wearing a Jazz hat and a Stockton/Malone tee shirt and applauding Utah and my favorite coach. Those games and late night Western conference playoff basketball provided a lifetime of fantastic memories-RIP Coach
Aaron Rappeport
Friend
May 24, 2020
there would be no Stockton To Malone....without Jerry Sloan
Steven Schumsky
Friend
May 24, 2020
larry terry
May 24, 2020
Thank you for all the memories Jerry.
Deborah Phipps
May 24, 2020
God bless you Jerry Sloan Rev. Jerome Meriweather I played against Brian your Son what a privilege. RIP
Jerome Meriweather
Friend
May 24, 2020
A class act pro who always was a winner wherever he goes either Chicago or Utah who will be missed by his former teammates, family & friends. RIP Jerry, Thank you for the Memories.
Tony Lordi
Friend
May 24, 2020
You were love buy so many coach. I loved the hard work Ethics that you installed into all your players, And to the Fanzz of Salt Lake City. I raise my boys with your Toughlove attitude to make them stronger and better men. You were a true role model to everyone that you were around. You were the heart and soul of this community for so many years and youll be loved and missed, rest easy coach.
Matt Snow
Family
May 24, 2020
Truly sorry for your loss, my heart goes out to the Sloan family, may God be with you.
May 24, 2020
Thank you Jerry, for being a part of Utah. You and the Jazz were a huge part of my families lives. A true legend and you will be missed. Rest In Peace
Chris Pyne
May 24, 2020
October 19, 2018
Thanks for all of the great memories Jerry! Condolences to the Sloan family.
Craig Richey
May 24, 2020
Coach Sloan,
If everyone did it right like you did, if everyone was as tough as you were and if everyone had the Values you lived by, this Nation would be 100 per cent better....I will always respect your incredible Old School ways.
Billy Stalvey,Atl Ga
Billy Stalvey
May 24, 2020
I'll bet he and Larry Miller are having a good chat about how the game of basketball SHOULD be played. What a great coach and human being. May God bless his family at this sad time.
Richard B Lindsay
May 24, 2020
Richard B Lindsay
May 23, 2020
God is a God of all Comfort and he will Comfort the family's...My heartfelt condolences to the family's...
May 23, 2020
Thanks for being a great person and a coach,However Im a supersonic,So although it was war ,you made that team fun ,Just watched Game 7 from 1996 ,Great Game ,Love From Seattle
DeSean Lowe0Zoll
Acquaintance
May 23, 2020
Dear Sloan Family Rory and I sincerely express our condolences's on the loss of Jerry Sloan./he'll surely be missed very very much.he was a great coach.luv,faith/rory
faith/rory tobin/dockett
Acquaintance
May 23, 2020
Rory and I sincerely would luv to express our condolences's on the loss of Jerry Sloan/family.he'll surely be missed very much.luv,faith/rory
faith c tobin/rory dockett
Acquaintance
May 23, 2020
As a varsity coach for 26 years, I always idolized Jerry as a player and coach. He got more out of his talent than probably anybody in NBA history. To think he's only one of 4 to have his jersey retired when they had all of those tremendous teams! He, in my opinion, was the best coach in NBA history, getting the most out of his team's talent. His teams played terrific team basketball the way it should be played. Anybody who got to play for him was indeed blessed because they couldn't have been coached any better. Coaches would be wise to copy his style of being fundamentally sound -- by doing few things and doing them extremely well. He was a man of great humility.
Dave Linehan
Teacher
May 23, 2020
One of the greatest coaches of all time , Rest Peacefully ♥
Joann Koceja
May 23, 2020
Jerry would visit and help coach the freshmen basketball team I was on at McCleansboro, Illinois. He was a unique person. A good sense of humor and always a worker. I idolized him.
Gary Boggs
Student
May 23, 2020
He was the best coach in the whole NBA! God bless you Coach Sloan. To Coach Sloans family my prayers are with you at this time. The world lost a very good man!
May 23, 2020
John Hawkins
Friend
May 23, 2020
Thoughts and prayers to the Sloan family, such sad news. It was amazing to watch him over the years, so very sorry for your loss. May God be with you all at such a difficult time.
May 23, 2020
So sorry to his family and thousands of fans everywhere. We watched Jerry for many years when we lived in Salt Lake and have followed him and his health struggles for the last 30 years. R.I.P. to one of the best.
Bob & Bev Carothers
May 23, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Mr. Sloans legacy as coach lives on with his family, friends and fans. God will comfort and sustain you as you mourn this great loss. (1 Peter 5:6,7)
May 23, 2020
Jerry Sloan was one of the great coaches in NBA history. But what still sticks out in my mind is what a tenacious defender he was during his playing days with the Bulls. In regard to defensive basketball, and the exertion of maximum effort at all times while on the court, Jerry set standards. Legendary coach, leader, defender, and a respectable player in the offensive end as well.

It was a joy to watch you play, Jerry, and the teams that you coached reflected your team-oriented all-out style. Rest in Peace.
May 22, 2020
My only NBA start was at Chicago Stadium...Jerry pounded me for 40 minutes...The consummate competitor...Rest in peace...
William Ligon
Acquaintance
May 22, 2020
To the Man, who could of defeated MJ and the Bulls' with Karl Malone!
You gave it a good try!
#63
Peter F Lieggi
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