College Sports

Bellingham, Stanford football legend dies

Former Bellingham High School football and basketball standout Bill Tarr died on Jan. 29 at the age of 80.

Tarr was born in Port Angeles and grew up in Bellingham.

Tarr graduated from Bellingham in 1952 after a standout athletic career in football and basketball. He was the leading scorer for the basketball team as a junior and a cross-state honorable mention football selection as a junior at halfback.

Tarr went on to play football for legendary coach Chuck Taylor at Stanford as a fullback and linebacker. He wrapped up his career in 1955 as the schools’ all-time leading rusher with 1,593 yards on 358 carries. He led the Pacific Coast Conference in rushing in 1954 with 729 yards, was selected team captain, twice earned the Irving S. Zeimer award as the team’s most valuable player and was selected Most Inspirational Senior.

After graduating from Stanford, Tarr attended dental school in Portland. He began practicing dentistry while he and his wife and three children lived in Menlo Park, Calif.