Fortuna, Humboldt State sporting legend passes away

Humboldt State Athletics

Humboldt State lost a sporting legend earlier this month when Hall of Famer George Ibarreta died unexpectedly at the age of 86.

Ibarreta is survived by his wife of 66 years, Evelyn, and his five children, Debbie, Brad, Janice, Barbara and Kristi, as well as eight grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Ibarreta was born in Scotia in 1934 and attended Fortuna High School, where he was class president during his senior year. 

After graduating high school, Ibarreta attended Humboldt State from 1952 to 1956, where he was a member of the men’s basketball team. 

In 1977, Ibarreta was inducted into the Humboldt State Athletics Hall of Fame. 

He set a career points record that stood for 47 years before being broken by Austin Nichols in 2003 and he was a key performer on the 1955-56 Far Western Conference championship team. 

After playing basketball, Ibarreta went on to be a teacher, principal and assistant superintendent in California. 

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