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RIP One of the worldest greatest people you might not have heard of before
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01-22-2020, 10:35 PM #1
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Morgan was not only the winningest coach in high school basketball in the nation for many years, defeating Lew Alcindor's  (Kareem Abdul Jabbar) Power Memorial team, snapping a 71 game winning streak in the process, but a man who lived by principles and was as sweet as could be - even as he was ailing in his twilight years. He coached me in football as well. My senior year was his last, so it could be argued that he'd had enough.  :cheer:  lol

Below is an email about his passing.

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The Wootten Family is saddened to share the news that their loving husband and father Morgan Wootten passed away yesterday at 9:50pm. Morgan was surrounded by his family in prayer and passed away peacefully.

Morgan, or Coach Wootten as many of you knew him by, was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend, mentor and coach. While we mourn the passing of Morgan, we also celebrate his remarkable life. It was a life that touched so many other lives. Morgan cared deeply about his faith, family, his community, the DeMatha family and most of all his beloved wife of almost 56 years Kathy. Coach Wootten was known for many things, but when asked what was most important, he always talked about having one's priorities in order: 1. God 2. Family 3. School 4. Basketball. He lived by those priorities every day, and it drove every decision he ever made.

Morgan is survived by his loving wife Kathy, their 5 children and their spouses, their 15 grandchildren, his brother Angus, sisters Clare and Lee, and the entire DeMatha Family.

Kathy cherishes their wonderful marriage, as they truly did everything together. From daily walks at DeMatha, attending 8am mass each day at St. Marks, dinner for two in the dining room and their evening prayers in the den.

The Wootten Family would like to extend their deepest gratitude for all the prayers and support they have received. In addition, the family would like to express thanks to all of Morgan's caregivers and outstanding doctors who have taken such good care of Morgan over the years and the last few months.

The Wootten family ask that in lieu of flowers, you make a contribution to the Morgan Wootten Scholarship Fund at DeMatha Catholic High School (www.dematha.org).

In closing, whenever receiving an honor, Coach Wootten would often close his remarks with excerpts from the poem, "God's Hall of Fame." Though we are extremely sad to see him go, we are incredibly joyful that he is now in the hall of fame that matters most to him and all of us.

God's Hall of Fame

This crowd on earth they soon forget
The heroes of the past,
They cheer like mad until you fall,
And that's how long you last
But God he never does forget,
And in His Hall of Fame,
By just believing in his Love,
Inscribed you'll find your name.



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