Space Needle lit purple in remembrance of Don James


SEATTLE - On Friday night the Space Needle was lit purple in remembrance of late legendary University of Washington football coach "Dawgfather" Don James.

James, 80, died last Sunday from a battle with pancreatic cancer. 

Officials with the Space Needle said from Friday to Sunday the structure will be illuminated purple.

A public memorial for James will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Alaska Airlines Arena. KIRO 7 will stream the service live.

The University of Washington will honor James during the Saturday night homecoming game against the California Golden Bears. Kickoff is at 8 p.m.

Washington players and coaches will wear decals in honor of James and members of his family will serve as the honorary captains for the pre-game coin toss.

The Washington band will also perform a tribute to James during halftime that will include a memorial video.

James coached at Washington from 1975 to 1992 and led the school to a share of the 1991 national championship.