By NR Staff • 

Prefontaine's mom dies at 88

She was 88 and died after complications from a recent fall on July 4 at a Eugene assisted living center, according to a family friend.

Prefontaine moved to the United States after World War II and married Ray Prefontaine. Their son, Steve, rose to fame as a distance runner and helped kindle the flame that earned Eugene the moniker “TrackTown, U.S.A.”

Steve Prefontaine was a member of the 1972 Olympics team and was one of the most popular track and field athletes in the U.S. at the time of his auto accident and death in 1975.

Elfriede and Ray Prefontaine kept their son’s bedroom virtually untouched in their home in Coos Bay.

Mrs. Prefontaine received a moment of recognition each year at the the annual Prefontaine Classic track and field meet at Hayward Field, but did not attend this year because of her frail health.

Ray Prefontaine died in December of 2004.

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