Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Coach Ed Strange; Rest In Peace; Thank You

Here is the info on Coach Strange:
As a follow up to the passing of former Parker teacher and coach, Ed Strange, services will be held for the family only.
Sympathy cards may be sent to his wife Lois, and family, atPO Box 517Descanso, CA 91916-0517
Donations may be made in his memory to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or to the Edward Strange Memorial Award at Francis Parker School.
Donations to the Memorial Award at Parker should be sent to:Edward Strange Memorial AwardFrancis Parker School6501 Linda Vista Rd.San Diego, CA 92111
The obituary that appeared in the San Diego Union Tribune is below
.Edward Leo Strange, 71; popular coach, outdoorsmanBy Maureen Magee
STAFF WRITERJanuary 1, 2005
He was born the son of tobacco farmers and raised in a tiny Kentucky house that lacked both running water and refrigeration.It was there in rural Dog Creek where Edward Leo Strange's childhood adventures prepared him for a life as a talented athlete, beloved San Diego high school coach and avid outdoorsman.Known by his many former students as Coach Strange, he died on Monday after a battle with lymphoma. He was 71."He touched so many lives," Michael Strange said of his father. "I never went out in public with him without him running into one of his former students ... wherever we were in the world."As a youth, Mr. Strange and his family moved to Louisville, Ky., where he attended DuPont Manual High School and became a first team high school all-American football standout.The young athlete's talents caught the attention of Paul "Bear" Bryant, who was then the head football coach at the University of Kentucky. Bryant offered him a scholarship to play for the Wildcats. Mr. Strange refused to attend until the university agreed to offer a similar scholarship to a high school teammate.Mr. Strange became one of the few, elite four-year lettermen in the long history of Kentucky football. He started both ways for the Wildcats playing center and middle linebacker. During his tenure with the Wildcats, the team never lost to its dreaded arch-rival, Tennessee.Mr. Strange joined the Marines and, after basic training, was assigned to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego and played football, helping the team earn national honors in 1957. He met his wife, Lois Ohre of Mission Valley, while at MCRD.After leaving the Marines, he accepted a position with General Dynamics and assisted in the Project Mercury space shot of John Glenn's Friendship 7.But Mr. Strange missed football, and he jumped at a chance to coach at the new University of San Diego High School. During his 17 years there, he helped the team earn a CIF football championship in 1964.Mr. Strange coached another 17 years at Francis Parker High School, where the team earned several CIF championships under his guidance as an assistant coach."He was the most giving person. When there were faculty members who were hurting, he would tell the school to pass on his raise to them," said Francis Parker Athletic Director Dan Kuiper, who coached with Mr. Strange.Mr. Strange was a fixture of the local sport-fishing community, having had many of the captains and crew mates as students during his life of coaching.An avid fisherman, he wrote a book, "Party Boat Fishing Made Easy," to help inexperienced anglers in the art of San Diego sport fishing.Mr. Strange moved to Descanso after retirement, enjoying the life of a gentleman rancher in between his frequent fishing trips.He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Lois Strange of Descanso; his brother, Jim Strange of Shepherdsville, Ky; his son, Michael Strange; daughter-in-law Carolyn Lum; and granddaughters Ashlyn and Skylar of San Francisco.After a private ceremony, the family will scatter Mr. Strange's ashes at sea.Donations may be made in his memory to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or to the Edward Strange Memorial Award at Francis Parker High School.

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