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Game changer: New Wayne Estes Center will be a boon for Utah State basketball, volleyball

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  • MarkMAN West Columbia, TX
    May 14, 2014 9:14 p.m.

    I remember well the night he died. May be he was the greatest player to play at any Utah School. Great young man.

    Mark

  • Aggie238 Logan, UT
    May 15, 2014 9:37 a.m.

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I understood the story to be that Estes was actually trying to help someone else who had been in a car accident when he came in contact with the power line.

  • Beowulf Portland, OR
    May 15, 2014 10:15 a.m.

    Yes, that is how I remember the story. I was nine years old that year, and was just getting old enough to have basketball heroes. Wayne Estes was one of such basketball gods for me (along with Dick Nemelka at BYU).

  • tinplater scottsdale, AZ
    May 17, 2014 8:02 a.m.

    Wayne was a gentle, jovial man. I was a student at USU at the time and saw his final game with Denver, setting records that night in a game he owned (I think the previous high was owned by Max Perry). The descent from 4th North to my home was treacherous in a large snow storm. I must have preceded Wayne off the hill by just a matter of minutes, spending a brief time at my Frat house before leaving. I vividly remember his little brother being given a basketball by President Chase at the memorial service in the Fieldhouse. It was a very sad time. Also burned in my memory are the telegrams and newspaper clippings from all over the country posted in the old Union Building.