Funeral services set for Lufkin Coach John Outlaw

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Funeral services for legendary Lufkin High School Head Football Coach and Athletic Director John Outlaw will be held Tuesday, December 27, at 11AM at Lufkin Middle School Auditorium on Denman Ave.

A visitation period has also been scheduled and will be held Monday, December 26 from 5PM – 7PM at Gipson Funeral Home Chapel on Chestnut Drive in Lufkin.

Coach Outlaw, 57, died Friday morning after collapsing in the kitchen of his home following his daily 4:30AM jog.

When emergency personnel arrived at the couple's home, they worked to revive him before transporting him to Memorial Hospital in Lufkin.  He was pronounced dead shortly before 6AM.  An autopsy has been ordered to help determine his cause of death.  Early indications suggest a heart attack.

"Our community has lost a great champion for children, the greatest I have ever known. I've lost a best friend," said Roy Knight, Lufkin ISD Superintendent.

One of his co-workers recalled how he was always pulling for the underdog.  "Those kids who had unstable lives at home.  Those kids who needed someone to believe in them.  Those kids who hung on to football as a lifeline.  Those were the kids Coach Outlaw was most interested in.  He loved all of his kids, but those kids who needed him most were the ones he gravitated towards."

In lieu of flowers, the Outlaw family has requested donations be sent to the Lufkin High School Alumni Association for the Coach John Outlaw Scholarship Fund.

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