We extend our deepest condolences to the families, friends, and teammates of the letterwinners we have recently lost.
“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”
Bill Glass– Football 1953-56
William Sheppeard “Bill” Glass passed away on Sunday December 5th, 2021 at the age of 86 at his home in Waxahachie, Texas. Born August 16th,1935 in Texarkana, Texas, he stands alongside his beloved wife Mavis in the presence of Jesus who he served faithfully for over 70 years.
Bill Glass gained notoriety as one of the most outstanding football players in the National Football League, but his love for the game started in high school in Corpus Christi. He then went on to play for Baylor University where he became a consensus All-American and was inducted into the Baylor Athletic Hall of Fame, the Baylor “B” Association’s Wall of Honor, and the College Football Hall of Fame. Bill was drafted by the Detroit Lions 12th overall in the 1957 draft. He spent one year in Canada before joining the Lions for four seasons before being traded to the Cleveland Browns. At Cleveland, Bill was a four-time Pro Bowler and on the team who went on to beat the Baltimore Colts to win the NFL World Championship two years prior to the first Super Bowl.
Bill Glass spent the off-season of his professional football career attending Southwestern Theological Seminary. As his football career was drawing to a close, Bill delivered his personal testimony of faith on television during several Billy Graham Crusades. Dr. Graham urged Bill to consider taking on a new career as a city-wide evangelist. In 1969, he founded the Bill Glass Evangelistic Association, which today is known as Bill Glass Behind the Walls. Then in 1972, Bill began speaking in prison yards all across the country. Bill Glass has ministered in thousands of prisons all across the United States, sharing his passion for evangelism. The ministry focuses on training volunteers how to share their faith in Jesus Christ. In over 50 years of ministry, 60,000+ Christians have been trained to share the Good News and over 1.5 million men, women, and juvenile offenders have made decisions to follow Christ. The full impact of what God has done through Bill Glass Ministries cannot be fully quantified as we may never know how many Teammates have led people in their everyday lives to faith in Christ as a result of the training they received on a Day or Weekend of Champions.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife Mavis. He is survived by their 3 children: Billy & Laura Glass of Southlake, Tx, Bobby & Angela Glass of Waxahachie, Tx and their daughter Mindy Glass of Midlothian, Tx. Grandchildren Billy Ray Glass, Matthew & Ashley Glass, Joshua & Heather Glass, Hunter & Sara Glass, Brooke Glass and Monroe Glass, Caleb and Kali McEachern and Katy and Juan Sagrero. Great-grandchildren: Bella Glass, Beau Glass, Bear Glass, River Glass, Little Bobby Glass, Luke McEachern and Madelyn McEachern. Bill is also survived by his sister Linda and her husband Mike Horn of Waxahachie, Tx. Linda and Mike lovingly cared for Bill (her brother) who Linda refers to as “Bubba” for the last three and a half years of his life. The family would also like to thank Tony Woodlin, Bill’s personal assistant for his gracious service for the last 4 years of Bill’s life.
Memorial services will be held at Waxahachie Bible Church located at 621 Grand Ave. N, Waxahachie, Tx at 11:00 am, December 18th, 2021, reception to follow memorial service. Bill’s greatest wish was for the ministry to continue for the next 100 years therefore in lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to Bill Glass Behind the Walls ministry, 1101 S. Cedar Ridge Drive, Duncanville, Tx, 75137.
Dave Campbell– Hall of Fame Sports Writer
Waco native Dave Campbell, a major figure in Texas sports journalism for seven decades, died Friday, December 10th, 2021, at 96 years old. Campbell is survived by his sister Jo Campbell; his daughters Becky Roche and husband David, and Julie Carlson and husband Alan; grandchildren Campbell Roche and his wife Katie, Jackson Roche and his wife Caroline, and Derby Carlson; and many nieces and nephews.
Campbell is best known as the founder and editor-in-chief of the eponymous Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine — affectionally called “the bible of Texas football” by readers — though his accomplishments stretch far beyond. Campbell was a former president of the Football Writers Association of America — from which he was awarded the Bert McGrane Award — the longtime Southwest sectional representative for the Heisman Trophy committee, an inductee into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, the longtime sports editor of the Waco Tribune-Herald, and so on. An honorary member of the “B” Association, Campbell was inducted into the Baylor Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.
The funeral service for Dave Campbell is set for 11 a.m. Friday, December 17th, at Austin Avenue United Methodist Church in Waco. A reception at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame will follow.
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Gordon Utgard– Football 1967-69
Gordon Utgard passed away on Saturday, December 5th, 2021. Gordon worked in the health care industry for more than 30 years, nine being in international markets, serving in the CEO capacity at five hospitals and one health plan. He created a proprietorship business in early 1997 to support the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association’s development of a worldwide hospital network. Gordon earned a BA degree in Economics/Finance from Baylor University, where he was a three-year football letterman and team captain, and a Master of Health Care Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He was a fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives and a Lead Faculty Member in the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at LeTourneau University in Dallas, Texas. Gordon served as a director on several boards and presented at several domestic and international seminars. He also served as the Master Facility Plan Project Executive at Memorial Health Care System in Chattanooga, TN. Gordon is survived by his wife, Linda, and his two children. No public obituary has been posted to-date.
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