July 27, 2010

Santa Clara Baseball Loses One of its Own: Jeff Healy ‘88

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University baseball family and the campus community was saddened to learn of the loss of Jeff Healy, AKA John Frederick Healy, who died unexpectedly in his sleep on Saturday, July 24, 2010.

After setting school records for runs scored and career batting average at nearby Serra High School, where he was twice an All-West Catholic Athletic League choice, Healy became one of Santa Clara’s best offensive players from 1985-1988. Healy – a switch-hitting outfielder and third baseman - led the Broncos in batting average (.393) as a sophomore and was named an all-conference player as a senior.

Healy fought through injuries to hit .406 in conference play during his junior season and .379 as a senior. He finished his Santa Clara career with a .339 average, totaling 159 hits, 78 RBI and a .465 on-base percentage. Healy struck out just 44 times in 543 career plate appearances. Healy was a four-year letterman, wearing uniform number 24.
  
As published in the San Mateo Daily Journal on Tuesday, July 27, 2010…
 
Jeff was born Dec. 31, 1965 and raised on the Peninsula. At Our Lady of Angeles, Serra High School and Santa Clara University, Jeff received many accolades both in sports and his other favorite endeavors. Most importantly, he was the loving son of Dr. Francis and Grace Healy. Through the years Jeff was a helpful and caring brother to Fran, Peter, Susan, Michael, Brian, Tim, Bill and Kathy. Jeff was also a thoughtful and caring brother-in-law to Ann, Virgina, Tom, Andrea, Mary Ann, Laura and Mark. Jeff’s generosity also extended his role as an uncle to Megan, Katie, Fran, Patrick, Brendan, Grace, Scott, Carolyn, Catherine, Kaitlyn, Kelly, Trevor, Aidan, Dustin, Matt, Sarah, Mike, Erin and Morgan. Jeff would have also been a terrific great uncle to Jade, Harper and Jess.
 
Jeff’s smile, charisma, loyalty and great love for his friends and family will never be forgotten. His family extends thanks for always being there as a son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great uncle, co-worker and friend.

In lieu of flowers the family would like donations to be made to the Jeff Healy scholarship fund to be established at Junipero Serra High School (contributions should be made payable as follows: “Jeff Healy Memorial Scholarship Fund” and mail to Kathy Healy Carpenter, 1143 Farragut Blvd., Foster City, CA 94404).


A celebration of Jeff’s life will be held 11 a.m. Friday, July 30 at Our Lady of Angeles Catholic Church at 1721 Hillside Drive, Burlingame.