4:36 PM PDT, July 25, 2012
Kenneth Eugene Lutz (Coach Magic), 68, of Boonsboro, Md., passed from this life on Saturday, July 21, 2012, at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pa.
Born July 12, 1944, in Harrisburg, Pa., he was the son of the late Roy C. and Bertha Mildred (Hershey) Lutz.
Ken was a 1962 graduate of William Penn High School in Harrisburg and a 1964 graduate of the Radiological School of Technology at Harrisburg Polyclinic Hospital. He received an Associate of Allied Science degree from Hahneman University Hospital in Philadelphia.
He was formerly employed as the chief X-ray technologist at Sacred Heart Hospital in Chester, Pa., and also served as the administrator of the School for Radiological Technologists. Ken was instrumental in the creation of the Springfield Medical Imaging Center in Springfield, Pa. He relocated to Washington County, Md., where he worked as the chief operating officer at both Associated Radiologists, P.A., and Associated Radiologists Billing Services Inc., both in Hagerstown. He was also instrumental in the development of Diagnostic Imaging Services, LLC. Ken was a founding and charter member of the Radiology Business Management Association.
One of Ken's passions was coaching football. He began coaching at the youth level in Pennsylvania in the Bert Bell Memorial Football Conference for both the Stafford Eagles and the Paoli Bulldogs before moving on to the high school level at Malvern Preparatory School in Malvern, Pa. After he relocated to Maryland, Ken was the defensive coordinator at both Smithsburg and Brunswick high schools. While at Smithsburg, he coached in five state championship games, capturing two state titles (1988 and 1994). In 1999, while at Brunswick High School, he was instrumental in guiding the football program to its first playoff win and a state championship appearance.
Ken was named to the Maryland High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame and received the John W. Voight Award in 2001 for providing 20 years of service.
In addition to coaching football, Ken enjoyed Lionel trains, golf, deep sea fishing trips and spending time at his vacation home at Cape May, N.J. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, especially the father/son "Timeout" golf outings at Cacapon State Park in West Virginia.
He is survived by his loving wife, Elaine Rider Lutz; two sons, Brian N. Lutz and wife Sandy of West Chester, Pa., and Sean P. Lutz and wife Hilary of Townsend, Del.; brother-in-law, Thomas Grubic of York, Pa.; and five grandchildren, Ryan, Shannon, Ethan, Nicholas and Nathan. He is also survived by his niece, Gail Grubic of York; his nephew, Mark Grubic of Austria; and his cousin, Nancy Baer and husband David of Maugansville, Md.
In addition to his parents, Ken was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Louise Grubic.
A ceremony in celebration of Ken's life will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, 2012, at Bast-Stauffer Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike, Boonsboro. The Rev. R. Thomas Fralin Jr. will officiate. The family will spend time in fellowship with friends immediately following the service at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to the Scholarship Fund for Radiological Technologists at Hagerstown Community College, Hagerstown Community College Foundation, 111400 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21742 or to the Humane Society of Washington County, 13011 Maugansville Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740.
Expressions of sympathy may be offered to the family at www.BastStaufferFuneralHome.com.