posted on Jun, 18 2004 @ 08:09 PM
SALT LAKE CITY -- Bobbye Sloan, the wife of Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, died Friday from cancer, the team said. She was 61.
Sloan, the coach's wife of 41 years, announced in January she had a malignant tumor in her pancreas, unrelated to the breast cancer she was treated
for several years ago.
"She was such a positive, upbeat person," Jazz owner Larry Miller said Friday. "There was a lot of energy and strength of character with a really
Jerry Sloan considered leaving his job to be with his wife when she got sick, but she wanted him to continue coaching. He finished the season, guiding
the Jazz to a 42-40 record that left them just short of the playoffs.
After the season, Sloan said he planned to return for his 17th year with the Jazz, although that depended on his wife's health.