Francis O. "Fanny" Hunting
b 1905 - d 1986
West Seattle Yellowjackets
Quarterback, End, Punter,
A native of Iowa, "Fanny" Hunting played and
coached for the West Seattle Athletic Club Yellowjackets
after a stellar career at Gonzaga in both football and
baseball The Yellowjackets won four consecutive
Northwest Championships under Fanning. A 1932 meeting
with the sailors from the USS Oklahoma, Hunting exploded for
3 touchdowns and two tries-for-point. One of his
scores was a 71-yard punt return.
From 1926 - 1929 Hunting was
the star of the team becoming the first Gonzaga player to
appear in the 1930 East-West Shrine Game in San Francisco.
Fanny was considered one of the best triple-threat players
in Gonzaga history and one of the Northwest's greatest
One of Most Memorable
In one game against St.
Martin's in 1932 his daily totals included 3 punts for 215
yards (71.6 average), 4 punt returns for 205 yards and a TD
(51.25 avg) completed 19 passes and caught 2 passes, one
going for 45 yards, rushed once for 22 yards all while
running the team at QB and being off the field for one
He returned to Gonzaga after 7-seasons with the Yellowjackets to become an assistant coach under Ray
Flaherty. He was handed the freshman team for 1939 and
was asked to take over as Gonzaga's Athletic Director in the
fall of that same year.
Once he left football,
Hunting became a senior inspector with the state Liquor
Control Board based in Yakima. During World War II he
served four years as the director of physical training for
the 2nd Air Force. The Superbombers went on to win the
1943 Sun Bowl. He retired as a lieutenant colonel
after 17 years with the Air Force Reserve. In 1932 he
married Margaret Mary "Peg" Ford and had two sons.
Elected to Gonzaga's Hall of Fame Class of 1991 and named by
the Gonzaga Bulletin as the QB on the Gonzaga All-Time Team.
Hunting was also a noted
horseshoe pitcher winning many competitions around the