UPDATE: A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Jan. 21 at the gym/cafeteria in Federal Way High School.
Not long after Bill Harris hired Jean Licari as an assistant track and field coach at Federal Way High in the early-1990s, he realized she would exceed his expectations.
“We knew that she was an athlete, she was a runner,” he said, “but we hired her to be throws coach. She was great. She worked hard to become a skilled a coach.”
Licari, also a math teacher at Federal Way, eventually became head coach of the Eagles cross country and girls track and field teams. For more than two decades, she was involved as anyone at Federal Way, touching countless lives.
On Sunday, Licari died, losing a battle with Leiomyosarcoma, a rare malignant cancer of smooth muscle. Licari, 45, is survived by her husband Pat and two teenage daughters, Katelin and Madison.
“Her family and Federal Way High School, those were the biggest things in her life,” said Kathy Harris, who coached and taught with Licari.
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