Larry Lutz was born on August 8, 1944. He died April 3, 2021 at the age of 76. His parents were Paul Emerson Lutz and Phyllis Ann Jung. A brother Terry Lutz came along in 1949. Larry grew up in Miamisburg, then to Centerville, and ended up in Vandalia by eighth grade. Larry loved sports and played well. Larry lettered in football, basketball, baseball, and golf. His favorite by far was football. He was a half back, a running back. Larry's high school senior year Larry received many special honors in football. He was Most Valuable Player 10-0 Undefeated Season. Team captain, All-Ohio Honorable Mention, All Southwestern Buckeye League, Dayton Daily News All-Area Team, Dayton Daily News Player of the Year, Led the SWBL and the Dayton area in Scoring - 22 Touchdowns for 142 points, and ran for 1100 yards on 86 carries to average 13 yards per carry.
Larry had many full time scholarship offers to different colleges and universities. Larry chose Miami University. The coach John Pont was small of stature like Larry. Pont wanted Larry for his speed on his team which he played his freshman and sophomore years. Due to coaching changes Larry decided to leave Miami and worked for two years at NCR and then went to Wilmington College. He planned to play there, but his father died and then he met Marcia Lee Heidkamp. We worked as playground leaders on different playgrounds during our college summers for the county. Larry's whole goal was to teach and coach.
Larry was married to Marcia Lee Heidkamp on August 3,1968. We had two sons Jeffrey Paul Lutz in 1971 and Scott Andrew in 1974. Both children played sports, and we were happy to be watching from the sidelines. Jeff played football and tennis. Scott was all soccer. Larry and I shared many things in common. We were both teachers, both very involved with sports. We loved God, family, friends, and community. We were able to get closer to Jesus when we joined Fairhaven Missionary Alliance Church in Centerville.
Larry started his teaching career at Dixie New Lebanon and stayed there for 10 years. He taught Health and Physical Education. His last six years there he was the head football coach. He returned home to teach in Vandalia's school system at Smith Middle School and Vandalia Butler High School. He coached football for over 20 years.
From age 40 on Larry suffered many health problems. He took a full disability retirement after 28 years of teaching. Since retirement we have done a lot of travelling. Our son Jeffrey (Amber) is an attorney in St. Simons Island, Georgia. We spent as much time as we could visiting our grandchildren Cooper and Carson. We delighted being with our son Scott and Wendy and Seth. Scott was the captain of the Butler Township Fire Department. Family meant the world to us.
We have been west to see the National Parks, we have been east to New England, we have taken 23 cruises to the Caribbean, Alaska, and the Panama Canal. We have stayed in Aruba twice and vacationed every year at Siesta Key, Florida.
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