Obituary: James Franklin Brehler
Gone way too soon…
James Franklin Brehler, 84, passed away the morning of Dec. 29, 2009, in the comfort of his son and daughter-in-lawand#8217;s home in Reno, Nev. He was preceded in passing by his loving wife and partner Audrey Heaton Brehler (Oct. 1, 1928-Jan. 17, 2009).
Jim was born Feb. 22, 1925, in Sanger, Calif., to Katherine and Carl Brehler. According to his cousin, Barbara Craven, Jim got his daredevil athleticism from his mother and#8220;Kitty!and#8221;
Jim entered Stanford University in 1943, where Irv Deal nicknamed him the and#8220;House Mouseand#8221; due to his stature and athletic ability.
He joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Oahu in 1945. His love of skiing took him from Sun Valley, Idaho to teach snow skiing at Squaw Valley, Calif., when it opened in 1950. He was truly one of the original and#8220;Extremeand#8221; skiers and even caught the eye of a young Warren Miller.
It was at Lake Tahoe, Calif., that he met and married Audrey Heaton and they started their local legacy and family.
Both Jim and Audrey volunteered at the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics where their services included chauffeuring Art Linkletter from Reno to Squaw Valley. Jim was the president of the North Tahoe Ski club and went on to the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. He was the first snow skiing, football, basketball and golfing coach, Dean of Students and counselor for the school district. He had great passion for his teams and took the 1957-1958 varsity basketball squad, known as the and#8220;Cinderella Team,and#8221; to the Las Vegas State Tournament, where they defeated Basic in one of the greatest and#8220;comebackand#8221; performances of all time in tournament play.
Jim retired from the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District in 1985, and then went to work for the Incline Village Golf Course, Incline Village, Nev., where he worked for the last 25 years. Golf was one of Jimand#8217;s greatest passions, next to his family, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a loyal friend and told great stories.
Jim is survived by his two sons, William James Brehler and Steven Carl Brehler; grandchildren, Beau, Stephanie, Kourtni, and Garrett; great grandchildren Gracie, Alexia and Evan; daughters-in-law Terri and Kerri; and an endless number of dear friends.
Both Jim and Audrey have left behind an incredible account of priceless memories and stories.
A very special memorial and gathering has been scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, at the North Lake Conference Center, 8313 N. Lake Boulevard, Kings Beach, Calif.
Please come and join the family with love, laughter and good stories.
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