- 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 am so sorry to learn at this extremely late date of James' passing. Though I only met and knew Him for a short time in my insurance career, I...Read More »
1 of 100+ | Posted by: Harold Campbell - Palestine, TX
“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 »
2 of 100+ | 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 »
3 of 100+ | Posted by: Maria Lopez - San Antonio, TX
“I was eleven, saw Richard Nixon sit across the stadium from me at the 40 yard line. I carry that with me today, but what I carry most and foremost is...Read More »
4 of 100+ | Posted by: Curtis R. Campbell - Fayetteville
“I was in the eighth when I saw James play at the old Lobo stadium he was my hero from then on.Few people know this but it was James that stopped the...Read More »
5 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend
“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 »
6 of 100+ | Posted by: Virginia Butter Fields - Fairview, TX
“God bless you all for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time and we know that God is with each of you. And, know how...Read More »
7 of 100+ | Posted by: Ann and James Mowery - Henderson, TX
“God's PromiseGod never promised a life without pain,Laughter without tears or sun without rain.But He did promise strength for the day, Comfort for...Read More »
8 of 100+ | Posted by: Rhonda Raesz - Dripping Springs, TX
“My memories of Mary and James at Judson Middle School, then later at LHS are sweet. May God be with the family and mend their broken hearts.
9 of 100+ | Posted by: Jessica Roach Ferguson - LA
“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 »
10 of 100+ | 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 »
11 of 100+ | Posted by: Molly Brow Dryer - Longview, TX
“You will be deeply missed and may wife, children, family & friends know that you inspired many. Deepest thanks for all your courage,
12 of 100+ | Posted by: Joanie Melton Sorensen Becker - TX
“Janie - so sorry to hear about James. May God bless you & your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
13 of 100+ | Posted by: Sarah (Salinas) Spillman - TX
“Thinking and praying for the family at this difficult time. I will always be grateful for the wonderful work James did for the Rise school of Austin...Read More »
14 of 100+ | Posted by: Greg and Sally Steiner - 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 be...Read More »
15 of 100+ | Posted by: Eddie G. Cannon - Longview, TX
“one of the greats of Texas longhorn football has left us. he certainly made a name for himself playing for a legendary coach in Darrel Royal. He...Read More »
16 of 100+ | Posted by: victor checketts - salt lake city, UT
17 of 100+ | Posted by: grateful 4urwork
“I have remembered James for some 40+ years due to one reason-he was the only person in LHS that I remember who made those of us fell welcomed who...Read More »
18 of 100+ | Posted by: Dean Stalcup - San Diego, CA
“To James Street's family -What a wonderful husband, & father James was I am certain - because he was a great young man, friend and athlete when we...Read More »
19 of 100+ | Posted by: Francie Marchione Willis - 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 »
20 of 100+ | Posted by: Dan R. Hall - Dallas, TX
“Janie,God bless you and your family at such a difficult time. Jameswas a legend and a good friend. Our prayers are with. I willalways cherish the...Read More »
21 of 100+ | Posted by: David Fender - Tyler, 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 »
22 of 100+ | Posted by: Bob Satterwhite - Austin, TX
“Leave a condolence or a memory.
23 of 100+ | Posted by: Steven Dillon - Charlottesville, VA
“James will be missed. He was a wonderful father and a great example of what a father should be. Rusty & Judy Asaff
24 of 100+ | Posted by: Rusty & Judy Asaff - Marshall, TX
“James Street has always been one of my heros.I knew DKR couldn't be too far from him very long.And ya know FS is just waitin' for the opportunity to...Read More »
25 of 100+ | Posted by: Michael Whitworth - Austin, TX
“Janie and Family, You are in our thoughts and prayers. James was a wonderful man and will be missed.
26 of 100+ | Posted by: Jim, Sherry, Will & Brent Conrad - TX
“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 »
27 of 100+ | Posted by: LeRoy "Ted" Nagel - Austin, TX
“May God bless James Street and his family and Mary and her family! Travis street, Mary, Helen, and the black bute. What memories. Thanks! May...Read More »
28 of 100+ | Posted by: Carl Cooper LHS '66 - Bryan, 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.
29 of 100+ | 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 »
30 of 100+ | 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 »
31 of 100+ | 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 »
32 of 100+ | Posted by: cathy hill, ty hill, colt clements and chase clements - TX
“So long Slick. We will miss you. We were there, for the "Big Shoot-out". We Longhorn fans will never forget you. Best wishes ...Read More »
33 of 100+ | Posted by: william H. Haight - san Antonie, 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 that...Read More »
34 of 100+ | Posted by: Sam and Delilah Boyd - Dallas, TX
“The world will miss James Street. He was well liked and very respected. The world could use many, many more like him. God Bless.
35 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend
“Now I have another angel to call on when UT is in a crunch. 3 cheerleaders (my son being one), 2 coaches (Royal & Landry), Cole Pittman & now a new...Read More »
36 of 100+ | Posted by: Carol Binford - Austin, TX
“"James Street stood for gritty determination and hard work, with the heart of a champion. As a student at UT when James was quarterbacking the team,...Read More »
37 of 100+ | Posted by: Randy Schultz - Los Angeles, CA
“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 »
38 of 100+ | Posted by: Janet Graham - San Antonio, TX
“1969 was my freshman year at UT. James Street was highly respected, admired, and loved. His passing comes way too soon. Saying prayers for his...Read More »
39 of 100+ | Posted by: Gary Touchton - Cypress, TX
“When he smiled the room lit up. Loving husband and father, faithful friend and neighbor, superior athlete. Now that light has dimmed and only an...Read More »
40 of 100+ | Posted by: Harry Vine - Orange, TX
“I was so sad to hear James had been taken away from us. I had the pleasure of working for James at ESP and James Street Insurance. He was one of a...Read More »
41 of 100+ | Posted by: Dee Meuth - Rosenberg, TX
“You will always be one of my heros, James Street. My first year in Austin, as a 10-11 yr old, was one of my best! My blood turned burnt orange and I...Read More »
42 of 100+ | Posted by: Mel Hutzler - Austin, TX
“James was an icon among many great UT athletes and made Longhorns everywhere so very proud. His heroics during the 1969 National Championship...Read More »
43 of 100+ | Posted by: Ken Randall - Centennial, CO
“Dear Janie, Mary, Sewell, and the Street family,My father, Fred Cook, and I are very saddened to hear the news of James' passing. James was quite an...Read More »
44 of 100+ | Posted by: Marisa Cook Hurst - Spring, TX
“A leader in every sense of the word -determination, character and goodwill defined him. James was an extraordinaryhuman being and we are all better...Read More »
45 of 100+ | Posted by: Martin W. Dies - Austin, TX
“I was a senior at William B. Travis High School and working at Green Pastures when James Street and the Longhorn team played Arkansas. James Street...Read More »
46 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend
“As a student at LHS, James exhibited the qualities even then that made him a most outstanding human being. We all knew how extremely gifted he was,...Read More »
47 of 100+ | Posted by: Jane Dees Sutherland - Cloudcroft, NM
“James was a one of the best guys I ever knew. Even though I haven't had contact with him since high school, I thought of him often and was even...Read More »
48 of 100+ | Posted by: Charles Holmes - Madison, MS
“I was the Limo driver for Jordan and Justin senior night graduation for Westlake and the pit boss for James' last company boat casino party on Town...Read More »
49 of 100+ | Posted by: Steven Dillon - Charlottesville, VA
“Thanks for the memories. You came along when our state and nation really needed you. Blessings. to the Street family.
50 of 100+ | Posted by: Don Stevenson - Flint, TX
“He was a football legend and I'm honored to have had the privilege of meeting a true hero.
51 of 100+ | Posted by: DeAnna Perry
“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 now...Read More »
52 of 100+ | Posted by: Constance Ann Palousek Hicks (Connie) - TX
“I saw James Street on TV when I was in Jr High when he played in that REMARKABLE Texas Shootout against Arkansas ! He was my inspiration that day...Read More »
53 of 100+ | Posted by: Danny Gonzales - San Antonio, 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 God...Read More »
54 of 100+ | Posted by: Marci & Jon Aune - Austin
“Janie and family,Janie,You are in my prayers. James was my first hero. You and your family good friends. God bless you all,liz Chapman
55 of 100+ | Posted by: elizabeth chapman - austin, TX
“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 »
56 of 100+ | Posted by: Timothy Sloan - Bay City, TX
“Aside from all his accomplishments, James was a very GOOD man. And that is what we have lost. God bless James and all his family.
57 of 100+ | Posted by: Chris Crow - Austin, TX
“Got his autograph on my Sports Illustrated just 4 weeks ago in Little Rock. Waited 44 years to have him sign it. He was the best !
58 of 100+ | Posted by: Rick Alexander - Little Rock, AR
“Guys like James seem to have kind of immortal quality about them. I never thought of him being. Undersized. Thanks for being the young man who threw...Read More »
59 of 100+ | Posted by: David Waters - Chino Valley, AL
“James. No words can express what your smile meant to me as you and Janie greeted me and my young boys, often as the last to get into the church on...Read More »
60 of 100+ | Posted by: Ali Gallagher - Austin, 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 »
61 of 100+ | Posted by: Doug & Sally Pendergras - Austin, TX
“Texas lost a football hero this week. His life influenced many young people, both on and off the field. A true Texas legend will be missed.
62 of 100+ | Posted by: Greg Beall - Lake Jackson, 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 »
63 of 100+ | 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 »
64 of 100+ | Posted by: Glenda Lane - Austin
“Your football play provided so many great times and memories for me. Thank you so much.
65 of 100+ | Posted by: Jim Challstrom - Lakeway, TX
“LOVE NEVER DIES, LOVE NEVER FADES. JANIE & BOYS, ALL MY LOVE
66 of 100+ | Posted by: milton allen - austin, TX
“James was always so great to be around, such an inspiring person. Janie and boys you are in our prayers.
67 of 100+ | Posted by: Larry and Tracey People's - Hutto, TX
“Growing up James' family lived just a couple of blocks from my brothers & I and we all went through school with James & Mary. I am sorry for your...Read More »
68 of 100+ | Posted by: Connie Bridges Ryan - Longview, 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 well...Read More »
69 of 100+ | Posted by: Debbie Huckabee Green, Brenda Huckabee Cotton, & Ruth Huckabee H - TX
“Janie,So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.Sherry Rehfeld McColpin
70 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend
“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 »
71 of 100+ | Posted by: Mark, Victor, Sharon & Greg Kronberg - TX
“He was my favorite quarterback. I had the obortunity to meet him twice. Once in 1970 at a book signing and again years later on a plane to Maui. I...Read More »
72 of 100+ | Posted by: Michael Davis - Roanoke, 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 »
73 of 100+ | Posted by: Malcolm MacGregor - Scranton, PA
“My heart goes out to you Janie, and to your family. May the memories of your life together be always with you and your family.
74 of 100+ | Posted by: June Stalzer - Austin, TX
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 peace...Read More »
75 of 100+ | 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 »
77 of 100+ | 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 »
78 of 100+ | Posted by: August Petersen - Westlake, TX
“James I will never forget the only time I ever met you was at a book signing in Houston. You didn't know me, yet you spent an hour talking about the...Read More »
79 of 100+ | Posted by: Billy Wright - Houston, TX
“I was fortunate to be at UT when Street played. It was an exciting time...thanks for the memories, James . A good man. My thoughts & prayers are...Read More »
80 of 100+ | Posted by: Judy Windham Alderson - LA
“My brother, John, and James grew up together...playing in the streets of Longview and on the baseball field. Now that they are both in heaven, I am...Read More »
81 of 100+ | Posted by: Ann Forster Jennings - Stafford, VA
“I was a senior in high school when UT won, and I was in love with James. Fastforward, my daughter was in love with Houston. I am so sorry for...Read More »
82 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend
“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 »
83 of 100+ | 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 »
84 of 100+ | Posted by: Mike Konderla - Austin, TX
“It's the little things, the small, everyday occurrences that you Janie and the boys will remember. The laughs, the stories, the smiles. And even...Read More »
85 of 100+ | Posted by: Traut Kelly & David - Austin, TX
“My prayers and thoughts are with the entire Street family.
86 of 100+ | Posted by: Billy M. Smith - Longview, TX
“James Street was a great quarterback and an even better baseball pitcher. However, I remember him as a nice guy who happened to be a great Longhorn...Read More »
87 of 100+ | Posted by: Robert Gonzales - Tucson, AZ
“My heart goes out to the entire Street family for their loss of James. James Street not only was a tremendous athelete but an even better man. Number...Read More »
88 of 100+ | Posted by: Chuck Buzan - Austin, TX
“MCCOY-YOUNG-WILLIAMS-CAMPBELL-NOBIS-LAYNE...and nobody from the '69 Horns? What's missing? STREET!Retire #16 today!RIP James Street--you were a gamer.
89 of 100+ | Posted by: Anonymous - Luckenbach, TX
“Condolences to the family of James. I'm just one of the lucky human beings to have lived on earth at the same time and enjoy all the Longhorn...Read More »
90 of 100+ | Posted by: Kathy
“I grew up on Travis St., Longview, James, his sister Mary- older brother Sewell lived on Travis also, I recall sand lot football with James and his...Read More »
91 of 100+ | Posted by: Richard Crawford - Longview, TX
“I offer my deepest sympathies to the family of James Street. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I wish you comfort and peace with your memories of...Read More »
92 of 100+ | Posted by: Phaedra White Abbott - Austin, TX
“I attended LHS, class of '65! I had geometry class with James, one of my least favorite subjects! Being shy, I didn't respond well to the teacher's...Read More »
93 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend
“James was a friend when I didn't have many. I believe he will be a starter for the Lord . May God give the family stregth.
94 of 100+ | Posted by: Robert Clack - Midland, TX
“I know my dear sister was there to welcome James to Heaven - there's a crowd from Longview there to greet him! We were always so proud to say we...Read More »
95 of 100+ | Posted by: A friend
“I met James at Coach Royals 80th birthday party for the first time, even tho I was working the event he still took the time to take a picture and...Read More »
96 of 100+ | Posted by: Joyce Gordon - Austin, TX
“James was a good friend growing up and playing ball together.
97 of 100+ | Posted by: Bobby Grizzle - Longview, TX
“I watched James throw footballs and baseballs with the kids in our neighborhood many years ago in Longview. As a young man, he was someone to idolize...Read More »
98 of 100+ | Posted by: Richard Ross - Longview, TX
“A rare few are legends in their own time. Fewer still deserve such. James Street and his family earned that honor.
99 of 100+ | Posted by: Jim and Clare Shaw - Carson City, NV
“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 »
100 of 100+ | Posted by: Bud Brigham - 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.