Janice Walden, wife of former Washington State coach Jim Walden, died Monday after a long battle with cancer. She was 67 and died at the...

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ST. MARIES, Idaho — Janice Walden, wife of former Washington State coach Jim Walden, died Monday after a long battle with cancer. She was 67 and died at the Benewah Community Hospital.


The Waldens met as students at the University of Wyoming and were married during spring break of their senior year in 1960.


In his book “Jim Walden’s Tales from the Washington State Cougars Sideline” in 2004, Mississippi-native Walden wrote:


“Going to the University of Wyoming was the best thing I could have done because it gave me the most important person in my life, my wife Janice. I could not ever, ever have been given anyone I could love more than Janice.”


The couple had two daughters, Lisa (born in 1961) and Emily (1965), and one son, Murray (1967).


Walden joined the WSU staff of Warren Powers in 1977 and became head coach the next year when Powers left for Missouri. Walden coached WSU from 1978 to 1986, then became head coach at Iowa State.


The Waldens moved back to Harrison, on the shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene, full-time this past summer. Walden has been the color commentator on Cougars radio broadcasts since 2001. He has told WSU officials that he won’t attend Saturday’s Apple Cup.


An announcement about funeral services is expected today.