DEATH / OBITUARIES : Jim Bartko, 54, Fresno State’s former Director of Athletics from 2015-17 has died, according to a statement posted online on March. 16, 2020.
We learned of the deceased through the following tribute posted on social media.
Jim Bartko, 54, Fresno State’s former Director of Athletics from 2015-17 died in surgery, according to The Oregonian. His legacy includes the Jimmy Bartko Child Abuse & Scholarship Fund, dedicated to students who enter fields working with survivors. pic.twitter.com/2L7NlsfZax
— Liz Kern (@LiziKernNews) March 17, 2020
Saddened by the passing of Jimmy Bartko today. This is last photo I took of him—just after he announced 3/12 he was suing the Archdiocese of Oakland in connection with a priest sexually abusing him as a kid. Courageous man whose story I was blessed to tell. pic.twitter.com/DKzfC3pWGb
— Bob Welch (@bob_welch23) March 17, 2020
My friend Jimmy Bartko died today. His inspirational book “Boy in the Mirror” tells the story of his life. He inspired me as I know he did to many. You will be missed. https://t.co/ZzHQxR6HqO
— Anne Marie Levis (@AnneMarieLevis) March 17, 2020