Lost Gonzaga blanket found its way home after five decades


March 29, 2022

COMFORTING GESTURE - Lynette Hansen was able to recover her late father's Gonzaga University letterman's blanket through John Kamb, Jr. (left). They showed the blanket to Gonzaga fans attending the NCAA West Region basketball game. - Photo courtesy of John Kamb, Jr.

Warm and fuzzy stories are rare these days.

But, thanks to former Skagit County Pioneer Association President John Kamb, Jr, the Weekly News has one, both literally and figuratively.

This story details the discovery and return of a long-lost embroidered Gonzaga University letterman’s blanket issued more than 80 years ago to Bulldog basketball player Wayne Yager.

Kamb, a Mount Vernon attorney, was in Portland earlier this month for Gonzaga’s NCAA West Region Basketball Tournament and was able to see Yager’s daughter, Lynette Hansen, open a mailed package containing the blanket that had...

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