first_imgGary Boggs was remembered Saturday as a coach and teacher who helped youngsters achieve more than they thought they ever could.Boggs, who coached football at Fort Vancouver High School for 34 years, died April 14 from cancer-related causes. He was honored by teaching colleagues, fellow members of the local coaching fraternity and lots of Trappers.H.D. Weddel (Class of ’75) presided over the event and invited all of Boggs’ former athletes to stand; they ranged from gray-haired baby boomers to 20-something guys who wouldn’t look out of place at a school prom.It was a pretty disparate group, which is to be expected from people who represent parts of five different decades of graduating classes at Fort. What all of them had in common was Boggs.“He was the most inspirational guy you’ve ever met,” said Del Brown, Class of ’78.Boggs’ players were known for getting the most out of their abilities, and “I could not have made one more tackle,” Brown said, recalling his Trapper career. “In high school, it was the only place where I gave 100 percent.”The Trapper gym was an appropriate memorial setting, for reasons both professional and personal.“I met Gary in this gym,” said Ellen Boggs, who started teaching at Fort in 1973. “We were married in 1976.”Mark Young, a member of the Class of 1972, remembered when that gathering space wasn’t even a gym. Back then, Fort Vancouver was the new school in town.last_img read more