- August 2, 1948 - September 30, 2013
- Austin, Texas
of James' Passing
- The family requests that in lieu of flowers, friends may want to consider the Rise School of Austin, 5206 Balcones Dr., Austin, Texas 78731, The Street 16 Foundation, 1221 South Mopac Expressway, Suite 180, Austin, Texas 78746 or a charity of their choice
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“I guess we all thought James would live forever. He was the "rock" back in the days of grade school, jr. high and high school. We new James would...Read More »
1 of 54 | Posted by: Patrick Odom - Tyler, TX - friend
“I will always remember the exciting, amazing plays of James Street when he was Quarterback and Coach Royal.also a legend in his own right.
Wonder of...Read More »
2 of 54 | Posted by: Maria Lopez - San Antonio, TX
“My sincere condolences to the entire family. I spent many summers and holidays at my grandparents, neighbors of the Street family. The Street...Read More »
3 of 54 | Posted by: Virginia Butter Fields - Fairview, TX
“Janie and Family.....
Some people just make a difference and James was a difference maker all along his journey here. He touched the lives and many...Read More »
4 of 54 | Posted by: Ken Tooley - Austin, TX - Friend
“Just want to express my sincere sympathies to the Street family and friends. I was a neighbor/friend of the Street family on West Ann Street. I...Read More »
5 of 54 | Posted by: Molly Brow Dryer - Longview, TX
“James Street Family
I wish to express my condolences for your loss. Although i only knew James his senior year in high school, I was fortunate to...Read More »
6 of 54 | Posted by: Eddie G. Cannon - Longview, TX
“On Saturday, December 7, 1969, while I worked at Sterlings Jewelry on NW Hwy, a microcosm of that game of the century was being created. Very few...Read More »
7 of 54 | Posted by: Dan R. Hall - Dallas, TX
“Any aspiring athlete who grew up in Longview in the 60's like I did considered James a role model. When he and some teammates made a victory lap...Read More »
8 of 54 | Posted by: Bob Satterwhite - Austin, TX
“Leave a condolence or a memory.
9 of 54 | Posted by: Steven Dillon - Charlottesville, VA
“My condolences to the family. You were a true friend to both my brother Bill and myself. While you are up there tell twin brother Bill "hello" and...Read More »
10 of 54 | Posted by: LeRoy "Ted" Nagel - Austin, TX
“My prayers are with the family. I remember how great James was in all sports and I was glad that at Texas University he proved how great he was.
11 of 54 | Posted by: Lee Ray Matthews - Georgetown, TX
“Juston and Family,
We wish to extend our condolences for your father's untimely death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God...Read More »
12 of 54 | Posted by: Peggy Thomas - Amarillo, TX
“In their early years, the Street family's backyard connected to ours. We have fond memories of after school snacks, television watching and playing...Read More »
13 of 54 | Posted by: Ginger Messick Holley - Kilgore, TX
“our family wishes to send our deepest condolences in the loss of james. you are such a wonderful family and we enjoyed you during football years with...Read More »
14 of 54 | Posted by: cathy hill, ty hill, colt clements and chase clements - TX
“To the Streets,
James did it all. He went way too early, and he had more love to share and more goals to accomplish. Yet, I don't think...Read More »
15 of 54 | Posted by: Sam and Delilah Boyd - Dallas, TX
“Coach Royal needed a quarterback in heaven to assemble his championship team and the only choice was James Street. James was a winner in everything...Read More »
16 of 54 | Posted by: Janet Graham - San Antonio, TX
“Janie and sons,
We have lost a friend, an inspiration, and a shining star within our midst. James will live on in all our hearts and lives and...Read More »
17 of 54 | Posted by: Constance Ann Palousek Hicks (Connie) - TX
“My Dear Sweet Janie and Huston, Juston, Jordon and Hanson,
We are all heart broken over the loss of James. We lift you all up in prayer and ask...Read More »
18 of 54 | Posted by: Marci & Jon Aune - Austin
“James and I knew one another through the Kristynik family and my brother, Gepe Hardy. What a loss. My husband, Vincent R. DiNino, former director...Read More »
19 of 54 | Posted by: Timothy Sloan - Bay City, TX
“Sally and I were deeply saddened by James' passing. He was a great guy.
Just adding to his talents, besides football and baseball, he was a very...Read More »
20 of 54 | Posted by: Doug & Sally Pendergras - Austin, TX
“To the James Street family! I am sure that you are fully aware of just how much love and admiration so many of us had and have for this fine man!
It...Read More »
21 of 54 | Posted by: Vincent R DiNino - Bay City, TX
“James Street was my favorite Longhorn Football Player of all time, but he was also one of the best examples of success and giving back to the Austin...Read More »
22 of 54 | Posted by: Glenda Lane - Austin
“Your football play provided so many great times and memories for me.
Thank you so much.
23 of 54 | Posted by: Jim Challstrom - Lakeway, TX
“LOVE NEVER DIES, LOVE NEVER FADES. JANIE & BOYS, ALL MY LOVE
24 of 54 | Posted by: milton allen - austin, TX
“Mary and Sewell,
We lived next door to you on West Ann Drive in Longview when we were kids. Please accept our deepest sympathy to you both as...Read More »
25 of 54 | Posted by: Debbie Huckabee Green, Brenda Huckabee Cotton, & Ruth Huckabee H - TX
“Dear Janie and boys, our hearts break for your loss. You all had such a bight light in your lives with James at your side. The times our paths...Read More »
26 of 54 | Posted by: Mark, Victor, Sharon & Greg Kronberg - TX
“I never had the pleasure of meeting James, but I knew of him very well through a member of his James Street family here in Pennsylvania, George Audi,...Read More »
27 of 54 | Posted by: Malcolm MacGregor - Scranton, PA
Just a note from a Westlake High School connection/teacher...my husband and my hearts go out to you and your family. May you find...Read More »
28 of 54 | Posted by: Christine Gorychka - Austin, TX
“My memories of the entire Street family in Longview--Mrs. Helen at Riff's and Mary and James as classmates in junior high and high school--are among...Read More »
29 of 54 | Posted by: Sally Hewell Brown - Longview, TX
“Dear Janie and Street Family Members,
Our whole family was stunned and saddened upon hearing the sad news of James passing. James was such positive...Read More »
30 of 54 | Posted by: August Petersen - Westlake, TX
“To Janie and the entire Street Family. My Dears, I am so terribly sorry for the untimely loss of James. It shocked me to the core. That emotional...Read More »
31 of 54 | Posted by: John Bernardoni - Austin, TX
“Playing at the University of Texas in any sport is an honor and offers cherished memories. One of my most cherished memories was getting to meet...Read More »
32 of 54 | Posted by: Mike Konderla - Austin, TX
“My prayers and thoughts are with the entire Street family.
33 of 54 | Posted by: Billy M. Smith - Longview, TX
“I was very blessed to have gotten to know James in recent years. Even though my time with him was limited I was honored by every minute. The...Read More »
34 of 54 | Posted by: Bud Brigham - Austin, TX
“Please know that we'll keep you close to our hearts, and in our thoughts and prayers. We were terribly saddened by James' passing. He was a great...Read More »
35 of 54 | Posted by: Larry & Amy Slutz, Mike, Joe & Jim
“One of the nicest guys I ever met. I was in the Houston Hobby airport about 2 years ago when I met the one of the men that broke my heart when I was...Read More »
36 of 54 | Posted by: Russell Howard - Vilonia, AR
Linda, Lavi, Seth and I were stunned and saddened to hear about your loss.At this very difficult time, may you find comfort in your family...Read More »
37 of 54 | Posted by: Michael Brown - Dallas, TX
“I was 11 years old when I watched James lead the Texas Longhorns to a national championship in football. He was a hero and someone who I held in awe...Read More »
38 of 54 | Posted by: Dan Perkins - Greenville, TX
“It was with great sadness that I received the news of James's passing. To meet him was to like him, and to know him was to love him. His dynamic...Read More »
39 of 54 | Posted by: Andre' F. Toce - Lafayette, LA, LA
“Dear Street Family,
You may never know how many people James touched during his life but you must have comfort in knowing that few people touch as...Read More »
40 of 54 | Posted by: Jeff Weinstein - Athens, TX
“I would like to thank James Street for all the memories that he provided during his life. I only know about his sports career at UT, but I can...Read More »
41 of 54 | Posted by: David Klaus - Austin, TX - fan
“His son Huston and wife Lacie were our neighbors during the baseball season in San Diego. Although we did not get to know him well, we came to love...Read More »
42 of 54 | Posted by: Beth West - Coronado, CA
“To the many friends and family of James Street, your friends and colleagues in Oregon mourn with you at the loss of such a great, kind, considerate...Read More »
43 of 54 | Posted by: Beth Bernard- Oregon Trial Lawyers Association - OR
“So many knew of James as a larger than life athlete. I knew of him as a larger than life husband and Dad. Watching his sons grow up over the past...Read More »
44 of 54 | Posted by: Ted Hayes and Bruce MacKenzie Graham - TX
“Good night sweet Prince,
And flights of Angeles
Sing thee to they sleep........
45 of 54 | Posted by: James Brewer - North Hollywood, CA
“So many great memories of James Street are tied to my college life. Who could ever forget the contibutions he made as an athelete and person to the...Read More »
46 of 54 | Posted by: Chuck Buzan - Austin - friend
“I saw every football game James started. I was in 6th and 7th grade when he played football at Texas. I remember telling my mama at Arkansas, "Don't...Read More »
47 of 54 | Posted by: Mary Ann Ray - Temple, TX
Huston, Jordan, Juston, Hanson! Ryan,
Our family will forever have James in our hearts as a silly, happy, inspirational man. He was...Read More »
48 of 54 | Posted by: Linda and Teddy Druss - Austin, TX
“It is so simple to talk about James. Baseball has been my life and of that I have spent 44 years in professional baseball. Of all my teammates,...Read More »
49 of 54 | Posted by: Larry Hardy - Trophy Club, TX
“I love all of the Street family and I am so sad about James.Over the years of knowing you guys I have seen such demonstrations of love and integrity...Read More »
50 of 54 | Posted by: Hannah Munden - Austin, TX
“James. You were a blessing in my life, to all who knew you, and to many who never had the pleasure to meet you. We're going to miss you very much.
...Read More »
51 of 54 | Posted by: John Lea - Friend
“Janie and boys, my thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of the families. As we know all too well, it is hard to know what to say when sad...Read More »
52 of 54 | Posted by: Bonnie Nuckolls Branding - TX
“James, you were the best and an obvious reason why we won the National Championship in 69. As good as you were on the field, you were an ever better...Read More »
53 of 54 | Posted by: Gary Rike - Rockwall, TX
“I had not seen James for almost 45 years but have followed him through his career. I did get to see him in the Cotton Bowl in 1969, which has been...Read More »
54 of 54 | Posted by: Terry N. Reed - Austin, TX
James Street, a loving husband and father, a compassionate businessman and an icon in sports in America in the late 1960s and an enduring hero to the fans of The University of Texas, died unexpectedly in the early hours of September 30, 2013. He was 65 years old.
As president and CEO of The James Street Group—one of the nation's largest structured settlement firms with offices in nineteen states and eight Texas cities—James Street took the tools of leadership and competitiveness he learned as a football and baseball player at Texas and led his company team with honesty and integrity.
James Lowell Street was born August 2, 1948, in Longview, Texas. He attended Longview public schools and was a stand-out athlete in both baseball and football. He signed a football scholarship and competed in both sports at The University of Texas at Austin, beginning with his freshman year of 1966-67.
In the baseball season of 1968 he earned the first of three team MVP awards as he helped lead Cliff Gustafson's first Longhorn team to the College World Series. With Street as their leader, the team returned to Omaha in both 1969 and 1970, finishing in the nation's top four twice.
But it would be in football that he would etch his name among the Longhorn immortals. As the Longhorns were struggling to an 0-1-1 record in the first year of the revolutionary new "Wishbone" offense, Coach Darrell Royal inserted Street at quarterback in the second half of a loss at Texas Tech. With that, the journey began. The next week, with Street as a starting quarterback, Texas beat Oklahoma State. A week later, he led his first come-from-behind victory to defeat Oklahoma in Dallas.
En route to what would be a 30-game winning streak, the Longhorns went on to win all twenty games with Street as their starter in 1968 and 1969. The highlights came in the "Game of the Century" victory over Arkansas in the final game of the 100th season of college football in 1969. Down 14-0 at the start of the fourth quarter, Street engineered two scoring drives and a two-point conversion for a 15-14 victory. That game clinched UT's second National Championship, but the season actually ended with another dramatic comeback, a 21-17 triumph over Notre Dame in the 1970 Cotton Bowl Classic.
In baseball, he parlayed a wicked curve ball into three-time all-Southwest Conference honors. He had an opportunity to play pro baseball, but a slow-healing pulled groin muscle ended his playing days.
After his football successes and the opportunities it afforded him, James remained in Austin. He's been in the insurance business for more than 40 years. The James Street Group includes structured settlements, lien resolutions and trust management.
The company, with a stated purpose of functioning "with honesty and integrity," took the values Street learned as an athlete at Texas and combined them with his deep East Texas roots.
James soon found himself to be about three things—his family, his clients, and a legion of people whom he helped with a smile or a song. He helped both young and old who struggled with alcoholism—a battle James himself had won more than thirty years ago.
He coached kids in junior baseball, and created a deep bond with each of his five sons, as well as his wife, Janie, whom he married August 22, 1981.
For several years, he joined first Mack Brown and later Major Applewhite in hosting a golf tournament for the Rise School of Austin—a school which provides education for both main stream and special needs kids.
He never met a stranger, and always seemed to have time for everybody. His energy, and his charity, seemingly knew no bounds. He received numerous awards in his profession and as a philanthropist in Austin, and in 2010 he was named a Distinguished American by the Greater Austin Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame. James was also a member of the Longhorn Hall of Honor and Texas Sports Hall of Fame.
James was preceded in death by his parents, Helen Eaton Street and Grover Street, and brother, Grover Street.
He is survived by his wife, Janie, as well as sons: Ryan and wife Dinah and grandchildren Hayden and Reagan; Huston and wife Lacey and grandchildren Ripken and Ryder; Juston, Jordon and Hanson. He is also survived by his twin-sister Mary Kristynik and her husband Paul and brother, Sewell Street as well as many nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 11 a. m. on Friday, October 4, 2013 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 5455 Bee Cave Road, Austin. A viewing and visitation will be held at the church prior to the service, 9:30-11 a. m. A private burial will follow. The University Of Texas Department Of Athletics will host a reception for friends and family following the service on the 8th Floor of the Red McCombs Red Zone North Endzone building at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, friends may want to consider the Rise School of Austin, 5206 Balcones Dr., Austin, Texas 78731, The Street 16 Foundation, 1221 South Mopac Expressway, Suite 180, Austin, Texas 78746 or a charity of their choice.