COLUMBIA, S.C. — Aberdeen High School Hall of Fame athlete Joe Majar died Sept. 4 in Columbia, S.C. He was 81.
The son of the late Joe Majar and Katie Basich Majar, he was born in Aberdeen. Survivors include a brother, Pete Majar, of Aberdeen.
One of Aberdeen High School’s top all-around athletes of the early 1950s, Majar was inducted into the AHS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011.
A standout as both an offensive and defensive end in football, Majar earned all-state and all-league recognition as a senior in 1951. He was also a placekicker.
He was also Aberdeen’s second leading scorer on a basketball team that earned a state berth in 1952 and lettered in baseball. Known for his leadership qualities, he was selected as a team captain in all three sports.
Majar later played football for one year at Grays Harbor College and spent another year at Oregon State before being drafted into the Army.
He had a long career as a life insurance agent in South Carolina.
In addition to his brother, survivors include his wife, Evelyn; sons Joseph and Mitchell, daughter Monique Majar Culbertson, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The funeral took place last week in South Carolina.