John Wooden


October 14, 1910 – June 4, 2010

I’m just going to start this off by complaining about the fact that someone dubbed “The Wizard of Westwood” is not, in fact, buried IN Westwood.

Ok, with that out of the way, let’s talk college basketball. John Wooden was an All-American player at Purdue, but is best regarded for being the head coach of the UCLA Bruins from 1948-1975. While in Westwood, Wooden led the Bruins to 10 National Championships…in 12 years.  His program won 88 consecutive games at one point during this amazing run. A feat that has never even been sniffed by another team.  The man changed the landscape of college basketball. He has player-of-the-year awards, tournaments, MVP awards, recreation centers, basketball courts and even a post office named after him.  His importance the sport and to the university with which he is so closely affiliated cannot be overstated. Wooden lived to be almost 100 years old. Somethings – unlike many of his records – are just not meant to go on forever.


Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills, CA

Specific Location

Court of Remembrance, Wall Elevation 15, Crypt 4320; In the first column of crypts to the left of the large white sarcophagus to the north of – but on the same side as – Liberace‘s, John and his wife are buried 4 rows up in this column.



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