The passing of Bruce Farris has caused all of us who knew him to pause and reflect on an era of principled excellence, to reflect on the skill of his wordsmanship, on his personal qualities, the kindness of spirit and gentle nature of his soul.
I know many experts on baseball or football or track and field or golf, but never have I known any individual who was so knowledgeable about so many different sports and recreational activities. Surely he was unique in that respect.
Those of us who competed in track and field for Fresno State in the 1960s got to know and appreciate Bruce. Often times he would travel to Los Angeles or to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on a team bus — a reporter who actually journeyed with a team, on the bus. That alone made him special.
Bruce Farris was knowledgeable, kind, considerate and the ultimate professional. It was my honor to have known him. I, and my teammates, had and continue to have extraordinary respect for Bruce. We shall all miss him.
After many years of hard benches and cold press boxes, Bruce now has the best seat in the stadium. Rest in peace my friend, and thank you.