The following statement was issued by Nan and Jim Wooden on the passing of their father, John Wooden:
We want to thank everyone for their love and support for our father. We will miss him more than words can express.
He has been, and always will be, the guiding light for our family. The love, guidance and support he has given us will never be forgotten.
Our peace of mind at this time is knowing that he has gone to be with our mother, whom he has continued to love and cherish.
We wish to express our gratitude for your support and appreciate your respecting our privacy.
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In lieu of flowers, the Wooden family requests that donations be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or another charity of choice.
Members of the Wooden family will not be available for interviews.
Coach Wooden's family requests everyone respect their privacy and not attend the private funeral service, which is for immediate family only.
A public memorial for Coach Wooden will be announced at a later date. Former players and coaches will have special accommodations at the public memorial service, and there will be a reception for them and the Wooden family following the memorial.