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Former Arrows Soccer Coach Passes Away PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jim Dabbelt   
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 00:00

For 15 years, he roamed the sidelines during the fall at Tecumseh High School as the head varsity girls’ soccer coach with the Lady Arrows. If there was one word that would describe Jim Paxton was that he was passionate about the sport.
Paxton, 71, passed away suddenly December 30th in Grandview Hospital.  He was born November 18th, 1941 in Richmond, Indiana, the son of Donald and Claribel (Batscher) Paxton.
He retired from the Dayton Police Department after twenty-seven years and was currently working for Gemini Eye Care in Huber Heights. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. Jim coached girls soccer for Tecumseh High School and the Warrior Soccer Club. He was a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
He is survived by Linda Paxton; two daughters, Tracy Paxton and Mia (Kristopher) Klosterman; two sons, Greg (Minta) Paxton and Cory (Stacey) Paxton; sister, Cheryl Hecker; two brothers, Fred and Steve Paxton; seven grandchildren, Jacob, Gabriella, Meagan, Mackenzie, Dane, Brady and Noah; three great-grandchildren, Heidi, Madeline and Landin. He was preceded in death by his parents; son Robert Paxton and brother Jan Paxton.
A gathering of family and friends was held Saturday in the Marker–Heller Funeral Home in Huber Heights, where funeral services followed with Pastor Craig Grammer officiating.
“He was passionate about soccer and the kids here at Tecumseh,” said Tecumseh athletic director Craig Eier.  “He really cared about the kids.”
Paxton began his coaching career with the Lady Arrows during the 1995 season, and after a two year stint, he returned to Tecumseh from 1999-2011 before retiring from coaching to spend more time watching his grandkids play.  During his tenure with the Lady Arrows, Paxton won over 100 games.
“He just wanted to go watch them play, and would still go to games at Sportsplex,” Eier said.  “Whenever he didn’t have a game, he would come to watch our girls.  I spoke to him this year at our tournament game.”
One thing Paxton would always do was express his positive attitude about the team and the program. “It didn’t matter what we had coming back, he would always think we would be really good,” Eier added.  “He was very positive.  He touched a lot of peoples’ lives.”

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