Local Obituaries

Donald Witt, ex-coach, teacher at Morton, dies

Longtime Lexington educator and coach Donald Witt died Monday.

Mr. Witt, 78, taught physical education and coached basketball at what was then Morton Junior High School during his three-decade career. At one point, his teams went undefeated for nearly two years.

From the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s, Mr. Witt was also the announcer for football and basketball games at Henry Clay High School, his alma mater.

He lettered in football, baseball and track at Henry Clay and went on to play at Transylvania University. After two years in the Air Force during the Korean War, he returned to Transylvania and then obtained a master's degree at the University of Kentucky.

Later in his career he was an associate principal at Morton and Jesse Clark junior highs. He retired as the director/coordinator of the Fayette County Adult Education Center.

A disciplinarian with his teams, he was remembered for his witty charm by Dianne Chiles, a former Morton student and wife of one Mr. Witt's former players, Kirk Chiles.

“He was always smiling and had a funny thing to say. He was awesome. This man will be missed so much,” she said.

Mr. Witt is survived by his wife, Joyce Lowry Witt; a daughter; two sons; four grandchildren; a sister and a brother.

His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Woodland Christian Church at 530 East High Street. Burial will in the Lexington Cemetery. Visitation will 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, 463 East Main Street.