Clarence Noe, who served as the Broward County director of athletics for 25 years, died Tuesday. He had suffered from congestive heart failure and kidney failure for the past few years. He was 80.
"He was very instrumental in Broward County school sports and played a key role in [the Broward County Athletic Association]," said Mr. Noe's son, Brad. "I don't think you could go to a Broward County high [school] sporting event without someone knowing my father personally or knowing of him."
Upon his retirement in 1996, Mr. Noe said there were three accomplishments of which he was most proud — the organization of the Broward County Athletic Conference in the early 1970s, the establishment of that conference's student-athlete banquet held each May and the acquisition of Lockhart Stadium from county politicians.
Mr. Noe was inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 1996.
"His claim to fame was helping with the operations of Lockhart Stadium," said Damien Huttenhoff, Broward County schools director of student support. "It flourished before there was major-league sports in Broward."
Mr. Noe was born on Jan. 29, 1929, in Nabb, Ind. He married Beverly Ann Luckett from Louisville, Ky., on June 1, 1955.
He is survived by his wife and four children: Jerry Noe of Lakeland, Terry Noe Waites of Tampa, Brad Noe of Lighthouse Point and Shari Noe of Lakeland; and seven grandchildren. There will be a celebration of his life at John Knox Village in Pompano Beach at 2 p.m. Sept. 5.
Instead of flowers, contributions in Mr. Noe's memory can be made to Florida Brain Tumor Association, P.O. Box 770182, Coral Springs, Fla,. 33077-0182.
Dave Brousseau can be reached at dbrousseau@SunSentinel.com.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times