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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Evie Faunce (Inducted 1986)

Evie Faunce Biography from the Hall of Fame Sports Banquet, April 28, 1986.
 
      Evie Faunce put Fergus Falls on the map in the late 1940's, stress key sports enthusiasts when talking about Faunce as a star singlewing tailback for coach Bernie Bierman at the University of Minnesota. Others go so far as to say that Faunce is the best athlete ever to come out of Fergus Falls High School.
      A 1944 graduate of Fergus High, Faunce really came into his own for legendary coach Bierman at the U of M. Faunce was the Gophers'most valuable player in 1948, his senior season, and in 1949 appeared in the East-West Shrine Game, the Hula Bowl Game, and the Chicago Tribune All-Star Game. He played one year of professional football, with the Baltimore Colts, in 1949 as a defensive halfback.
      In college football at the U of M, Faunce, a 5-11 and 170-pounder, was a teammate of Bud Grant, who later became coach of the Minnesota Vikings.
      Along with Faunce and Grant, the 1948 Gopher team also included All-Americans Clayton Tonemaker (center) and Leo Nomellini (tackle). Even with these great players, Faunce was the one named Gopher MVP for 1948.
      At Fergus Falls High School Faunce was a star athlete in football, basketball, and track. He was an all-state football player in 1943 as halfback, and was also named Otter MVP. A forward on the basketball squad, he was an all-district selection as well as Otter MVP in that sport. He still is remembered as one of the all-time great football players at the U of M.
      Before playing at the U, Faunce competed at Iowa State in 1945 and 1946, as an all-around athlete. He played summer baseball for the Fergus Falls Red Sox from 1946 to 1949.
      From 1954 to 1959 Faunce was head football coach at Utah State University. Since 1968 he has been president and 1/2 owner of Flameco Engineering, Inc., Ogden, Utah. The firm manufactures aircraft and aircraft engine parts plus assemblies for the government and major aircraft jet engine manufacturers.
      He and his wife, Catherine, have three children, Jan, Michele, and Steve, as well as 7 grandchildren.
     
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