Longtime official Ray Lutz passes away

Ray Lutz, a longtime football, basketball and track official for over 40 years, passed away Friday.

Lutz, a member of the CHSAA Hall of Fame, officiated over 2,400 varsity contests, 1,000 sub-varsity games and nearly 500 playoff games in football and basketball. He was a life-long official who has served in a number of capacities in various officials’ organizations and he was a mentor to hundreds of younger officials.

He worked six football and 12 basketball championship games and as a state meet official in track more than 20 times.

Lutz, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004, served on numerous committees to better officiating in the state and his influence was felt statewide.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 22 at Calhan High School, in the main gym. Dress is casual. Bolo ties are encouraged. Stripes are optional.