IVANO SAYS: THE BELOW REMEMBRANCE OF SANTA CRUZAN AND FOOTBALL PLAYER FRED FEHN FIRST APPEARED IN THE SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL: www.santacruzsentinel.com
Oct. 28, 1935-June 6, 2012
Resident of Santa Cruz
Alfred "Fred" Fehn, age 76, passed away in the comfort of his Bonny Doon home while surrounded by family on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. His death followed an illness with melanoma.
Born October 28, 1935, Fred was a Santa Cruz native, graduated from Santa Cruz High School in 1954 and attended Hartnell College in Salinas. He was center for the Oakland Raiders from 1959-60 and left the National football League after incurring a serious back injury. He later served 25 years with the California Department of Forestry in working with troubled youth at the Empire Grade Boy's Camp.
Fred also operated a Christmas tree farm for many years where he sold trees to local families and made annual tree donations to local charity groups. He will be remembered for his gentle and selfless character that was evident even through the last stages of life.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Joyce Fehn; two sisters, Claudia Bei and Manette Miller; brother, Albert Fehn, numerous nieces and nephews, and his beloved dog, Ani.
The family requests donations are sent to the people who gave such wonderful care for Fred in his time of need at Hospice of Santa Cruz County, 940 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley, CA 95066 or the Santa Cruz Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at PO Box 3800, Santa Cruz, CA 95063.
IVANO SAYS (CONT'D): I had the privilege to play football with Fred on the Santa Cruz High Team of 1953-54. (Very little since I got hurt very early that year.)He was part of the "Twin Tackles" , with Hank Papa playing the other tackle. Both were gigantic (in terms of those days) weighing well over 200 lbs. The two struck terror in the hearts of many opposing players. They are both gone now, but we will always remember their achievements in life. Addio Fred. Until we mee again "Across Il Ulitmo Ponte" ("The Last Bridge").