Onis King's generosity, love of life touched everyone he encountered

Posted: Friday, September 13, 2002

This past week our community lost a very special person in Onis King. I had the honor of knowing Onis for the past eight years, and his generosity and love of life was infectious to all he encountered.

I first met Onis at a local store where he approached my family and asked if he could give a gift to my daughter, a $2 bill. My daughter took the gift from Onis and asked "What is this for?" Onis replied, "Just for being so special."

He then smiled and turned and walked to the other end of the store where I saw him do the same thing with another family with a child. He did this act of generosity with no strings attached, just the joy of being able to make a child smile.

The next time I crossed paths with Onis was two years later in 1996 when Onis called and asked if he could take the Nikiski Girls Basketball team out to dinner to celebrate our winning the state basketball championship.

It was a very special evening for all involved, capped by Onis presenting each player, coach and manager with a special penny. Since that time we have been fortunate enough to have won three more state championships, and each time Onis would call and ask if he could take the team to dinner to celebrate the championship.

This past season, as we sat at dinner, one of the players asked Onis why he always took to the team out to dinner after winning state. Onis replied "Because it's important to celebrate all the time and effort all of you have made to make this season so special." Over the years the Nikiski Girls Basketball program has had no greater friend then Onis King. We celebrate his life, and will miss him very much.

May God bless him and his family.

Ward Romans, Nikiski High School

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