To the editor:

Harv Bainter passed away on Saturday. He was my brother, but I’ve been away from Nevada for a long time, so most of your readers won’t know me. They’ll know Harv, though. Harv was an icon for Nevada’s soccer community. His huge frame, gentle ways, gravel-like laugh, and his trademark suspenders and boiler maker’s cap will long be remembered fondly by those who were lucky enough to have him as a coach or to have him coach their children. Last February, I had the honor of being in the high school gym when Harv was inducted into the Hall of Fame. I was so proud of my brother and so incredibly blown away when the gym erupted in screams and applause in support of the big guy. It made me feel so fortunate to be able to call Nevada my home town.

Harv touched a lot of lives in a wide variety of ways, but he lived for soccer. We who have the privilege of calling him brother, father, husband, uncle, or grandpa would love to see Harv memorialized in some way by Nevada’s soccer community. We don’t know enough about local politics to know how to make that happen. It is my hope that someone who sees this letter will know just how to get it done.

Personally, I want to thank Nevada’ s soccer players, parents and fans for bringing so much joy into the life of one of my all-time favorite people. Though I don’t have the clout to effect an official name change, the Nevada soccer field will always be "Harv Bainter Field" to me. I’m gonna miss that big lug.

Rae Gartin Larson

Webster City