Worthington Trojan great Marty Jorgensen dead at 74

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Former Worthington High basketball great Marty Jorgensen died recently at his winter home in Arizona.

Jorgensen, 74, was a decorated three-sport star for the Trojans who was inducted into the school’s athletic hall of fame in 1989. As a senior in 1966 he averaged 24 points per game and became Worthington High’s first 1,000-point scorer. That season Worthington won the District 8 championship and finished second to Windom in the Region 2 tournament.

Jorgensen was also a star football and baseball player in high school. He later played both football and basketball at the University of South Dakota before joining the Navy.

Jorgensen’s parents, John and Lorraine, preceded him in death. Among his survivors is his wife, Maxine. Marty and Maxine lived recently in Iona and wintered in Apache Junction, Ariz., where he passed away of cancer on Jan. 16 after a short illness.

A celebration of life is scheduled for May 20 at the Slayton County Club, where Marty was a member and could be found frequently throughout the spring and summer.

Scott Mansch, who in a crowded Viking tavern has been known to say “Go Pack Go” at times in complete disregard for his health, can be reached at
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