Jon R. Hendershott
July 20, 1946 - April 9, 2018
Jon Roy Hendershott, a journalist and editor for Track & Field News for more than 50 years, died peacefully on Monday April 9th at the age of 71 from complications due to a stroke he suffered at his home in Salem, Oregon.
If you’ve ever read Track & Field News, you knew his name. Track was his life and he lived it to the fullest. He enjoyed people and often said, "Every person has a story to tell." He was right and boy did he tell some stories. Way too many stories to count. World Class Olympic athletes would comment on his respect and professionalism, that he was their favorite journalist, and a friend.
Jon was born in Bend, Oregon not that long after the end of World War II, to Bob and Margaret Hendershott. Jon was only 11 when he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, a disease he would live with and successfully manage for the next 60 years. Jon never let his Diabetes get in the way of living a happy and full life.
It was at Roosevelt High School in Seattle that Jon became a sportswriter for the school newspaper. He would continue on this path at the University of Washington and later at San José State where he would graduate from the School of Journalism in 1970.
In the summer of 1967 Jon married Carol Scharz and two years later the couple would have a daughter named Megan. That October Jon's name first appeared in Track & Field News as a working member of the magazine and the rest is history. Jon won awards for his writing and went on to be president of the Track & Field Writers of America (TAFWA). Jon authored Track's Greatest Women and edited Ron Clarke Talks Track. He brought to life many athletes and their stories from all over the world.
Jon continued his work at Track & Field News until his retirement at the end of 2015. In May of 2016 he moved from the Bay Area to Salem, Oregon, where he continued to do valuable freelance writing for Track & Field News and was also a contributor to the web pages of Track Town USA and the IAAF.
Jon will be deeply missed by all. He leaves behind his daughter Megan, her husband Roger Rudikoff, his two grandchildren Zackary and Kailey, beloved cousin Jean Sargent and husband Dean, and dear friends John and Nancy Geer, Sandii Butler, Gina Conn, and numerous friends across the country and globe.
A celebration and remembrance will be held with close friends and family in Eugene, Oregon in early June.
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