ZACHARY — Friends, colleagues and former students of Joe Partin plan to honor the memory of the longtime Zachary High School coach and principal with an annual scholarship.

Partin died March 7 at age 61.

Donna Kline, coordinator of the school’s Ninth Grade Academy, said Partin’s death from cancer “left us saddened but determined to remember such an outstanding educator through a scholarship for a Zachary High senior.”

Retired high school Principal Jerry Boudreaux said of Partin, “His whole life was spent here in Zachary, and his heart was always in Zachary.”

During the Oct. 28 football game between Zachary and Live Oak, a tub will be placed at the entrance gate so fans may deposit donations to the fund, Boudreaux said.

Donations to the Joe Partin Memorial Scholarship Fund also may be made at the Bank of Zachary or mailed to the bank at P.O. Box 497, Zachary, LA 70791.

Kline said Partin’s family is working on guidelines for seniors to apply for the scholarship, which may be $500.

Dean of Students Theresa Pelichet said the organizing committee would like to raise $5,000 to sustain the scholarship for at least 10 years.

Partin was a Zachary High School student and football player who signed a football scholarship with the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1968. After finishing college, Partin returned to Zachary High as a teacher and coach in at least five sports.

He became assistant principal in 1982 and served as principal of the school from 1995 to 2003.

He went to the East Baton Rouge Parish school system’s central office in 2003 to serve as coordinator of the separation of Baker and Zachary schools from the parish system, then served three years as the parish system’s coordinator for alternative education programs.