Lou Farrar, a legendary high school football coach in the San Gabriel Valley who spent 39 years at Covina Charter Oak, died Sunday morning after a battle with leukemia. He was 73.
Farrar’s illness forced him to miss Charter Oak’s season opener in August, and the team wore orange patches in his honor. There was a bone marrow drive last summer to try to find a match for Farrar, who coached for more than 50 years.
“I’m going to do whatever I can to beat this thing,” Farrar said.
Charter Oak players prepare for tonight’s home opener against San Marino and wearing orange in support of head coach Lou Farrar. @InsideSoCalSpts #charteroakfootball @LCphoto13 @SGVNSports #cifss #preps @CIFSS pic.twitter.com/eCfnQhx3uz— Keith Birmingham (@photowkb) August 24, 2019
His son, Dominic, coached Charter Oak this season. Players, alumni, fans and opposing coaches rallied to support Farrar.
Farrar won five Southern Section championships and had more than 300 coaching victories. In October, the Charter Oak Unified School Board voted to name the football stadium in his honor.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
Prayers for the Farrar family & the Chargers football program. Since I was a 6-year-old I already knew Charter Oak Football was the program everyone wanted to be like. The team everyone wanted to beat. There will never be another man like Coach Lou in our lifetimes. https://t.co/B5F7ptIQDr— Albert (@_bertman_) November 11, 2019