Jennifer Fertig, Daughter of Ex-USC Quarterback, Assistant Football Coach and Athletic Administrator Craig Fertig, Dies

Sept. 11, 2002

Jennifer Fertig, the daughter of former USC quarterback, assistant football coach and assistant athletic director Craig Fertig, died of Epstein-Barr Virus on Tuesday (Sept. 10) at Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach, Calif. She was 31.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 2:30 p.m. at Pacific View Memorial Park (3500 Pacific View Dr.) in Corona del Mar. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jennifer's name can be made to the Blind Children's Center, 4120 Marathon St., Los Angeles, Calif. 90029.

She is survived by her parents, Craig and Nancy, her brother, Marc, and her grandmother, Virginia Fertig, as well as her aunt, Trudi Marinovich, and her cousins, Todd Marinovich and Traci Marinovich Grove.

A USC graduate, Jennifer was one of 13 members of her family to attend USC. Her godfather was the late John McKay, USC's legendary head football coach.

Craig Fertig, who currently is an analyst for Trojan football games on FOX Sports Net 2 and a contributor on the network's USC Sports Magazine show, set 8 USC passing records in 1964. He threw the winning touchdown to Rod Sherman to upset unbeaten and top-ranked Notre Dame in the final minutes in 1964. He then served as a Trojan assistant under McKay from 1965 to 1973, was an assistant with the World Football League's Portland Storm in 1974, returned as a Trojan assistant in 1975, then was the head coach at Oregon State from 1976 to 1979. He scouted for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers until returning to USC as an assistant athletic director from 1983 to 1990, then held a similar position at UC Irvine.

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