I just found our recently that my friend, Jerry Smartt died one year ago today at age 80. Jerry was very well known on the distance running scene back in the 1950's and early 60's. And then, in recent years as a popular masters runner. Jerry literally ran almost right up to the day he died. His Obit said he died of a brief illness which I found out later was cancer.
When I was a high school distance runner in Southern California 1960-63 Jerry and I used to go on training runs together and he was a significant friend and mentor to me. Always an upbeat and fun guy to be around, RIP, Jerry Smartt.