Posted by Garrett Staples on May 26, 2016. 0 Comments
To heaven in an instant, Jim Serrill says, is how his 17-year-old daughter Hannah left this life, and 10 years later the thought triggers tears and heartache just as quickly.
He is known more famously as Timber Jim, the first mascot of the Portland Timbers. A tree man by trade, he would hang upside down from the rafters during the game, all while beating a bass drum "like a rented mule," he says.
And to honor Oregon's heritage, he would climb to the highest point in the stadium – atop an 80-foot spar pole at the south end of the field — where his drum was interrupted only by the revving of his chainsaw, which he used to rally enthusiasm for an impending corner kick.
He would stay atop the pole until the Timbers scored.
He has been retired as Timber Jim since 2008, but his presence is still felt at every home game....