What you need to know:
- During his long career, he nurtured many athletes who shone in primary schools national games and in national competitions.
- He will be laid to rest at his Jumatatu farm in Kabazi, Subukia-Sub County in Nakuru.
Long-serving Athletics Kenya (AK) official John Macharia who was based in Nakuru County is dead.
His elder son, Morris Maina Macharia, confirmed the death Monday.
Macharia, who was the national recorder and former treasurer of AK Nakuru County branch, died on Sunday at Nakuru Level Five Hospital. He was 83.
On many occasions, the late Macharia has accompanied Kenya’s cross country teams to international competitions as an assistant manager.
On Monday, officials from Nakuru County and South Rift Valley branches, led by Japheth Kemei, eulogised the fallen official as a national hero who was dedicated to his work.
“Macharia was a hardworking national recorder who was thorough in his work and made sure that athletics records were not tampered with,” said Jepta Rono, a former publicity officer for AK.
“He was one of the most experienced and honest officials I have ever known in my long career as an athletics official,” said David Otiti, the acting treasurer of AK Nakuru County Branch, said.
He added: “He was not a corrupt person when supervising the entry of athletics record. He was firm person.”
Kemei, who is also the South Rift AK branch secretary and chairman AK Kericho County, described the late Macharia as a dedicated AK official who was committed in his work, saying he was a man who gained trust from officials and athletes and this saw him elevated to the national office as a national recorder.
His elder son Maina said his father had earlier been admitted to Nairobi Hospital before being transferred to various hospitals in Nakuru until he met his death.
The late Macharia leaves behind his wife Jecinta Muthoni and seven children – three girls and four boys. The late Macharia is a former primary school teacher.
During his long career, he nurtured many athletes who shone in primary schools national games and in national competitions.
He will be laid to rest at his Jumatatu farm in Kabazi, Subukia-Sub County in Nakuru.