The late Pat Martindale, from the Class of 1977, was an outstanding track and field athlete at Linfield.
A two-time NAIA All-American, Martindale twice came within inches of winning the NAIA championship in the javelin.
As a junior in 1976, Martindale captured the first of two consecutive Northwest Conference championships using the old-standard javelin.
At the NAIA National Championships in Arkadelphia, Ark., he set the Linfield record in the javelin with a mark of 235 feet, 11 inches.
He lettered four seasons in track under former coach John Knight. He also earned a varsity letter in football in 1973.
“Everything about Pat was first class,” said Knight, whose 1976 men’s track squad placed fourth nationally. “Pat was a tireless worker who was very dedicated to improving himself. He was a consummate team man who was very enthused about seeing his teammates succeed.”
Knight recalled a time at the ’76 NAIA championships when he watched in amazement as Martindale bounded down 30 rows of stadium steps in order to spur Linfield’s mile relay squad onward as the championship race entered its final lap. That day, with Martindale cheering them on, the mile relay squad surprised many by winning Linfield’s first national title in the sport of track and field.
A top-tier student who majored in chemistry at Linfield, Martindale met and married his wife, Kathy, while the two were still in college.
Following their graduation, the Martindales lived in Battle Ground, Wash., while he worked as a quality control supervisor in nearby Longview.
Sadly, a massive heart attack in 2003 claimed the life of Pat Martindale at age 52.