Saturday, August 1, 2009



John "Jack" Loutensock

Born - January 16, 1926 - Wilmar, CA (now part of Anaheim)

Passed Away - July 31, 2009 - Orem, Utah

Coach John "Jack" Loutensock passed away suddenly this morning, July 31, at about 9:00 AM at his home in Orem, Utah, at age 83. On July 14, two weeks ago, biopsies were taken from his lungs, which gave the diagnosis of lung cancer in both lungs. On July 22 he went home from the hospital. Being a lifelong non-smoker, it was later definitely determined that the cancer was due to asbestos exposure. This next Tuesday, August 4, Coach Loutensock had an appointment in Salt Lake City at the Huntsman Cancer Hospital for evaluation and discussion of what treatment would be done.

This morning Coach Loutensock was up, and dressed with the help of his wife, Barbara, and son, Brett. His wife suggested he rest on his bed, and as soon as he got onto the bed Barbara and Brett heard him take two deep breaths, and he passed away that quickly.

Jack and Barbara Loutensock both attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Jack held BA and MA degrees. He was also an Air Force veteran. Jack taught in the Burbank Unified School District for 32 years, first at Luther Burbank Junior High, and then for 27 years at Burbank High School, from 1958 until his retirement in 1985. Shortly after retirement he and Barbara moved to Orem, Utah where they still resided. At BHS Jack taught Physical Education, Science, Health and Safety, Driver's Training, and for 17 years from 1958 until 1975 he was the Varsity Basketball Coach.

Until quite recently Coach Loutensock was still very active, and within the last couple of months he and his wife had traveled in their motor home. His passing was sudden and unexpected so soon after his recent diagnosis.

Jack Loutensock is survived by his wife Barbara, of Orem, Utah; son Blyden (BHS '70), of Provo, Utah; son Brett (BHS '79), of Burbank; daughter Wendy Ruff (BHS '80), of Burbank; grandchildren Chelcie, Jason, and Ashlee Loutensock all of Orem; granddaughter London Ruff of Burbank; and great-grandson Landon Loutensock of Orem. Jack was predeceased by his son, Mark, in 1974 at age 20.

Funeral services will probably be this next Thursday, August 6, at the family's LDS Ward Chapel in Orem, Utah. Burial will follow in Lehi, Utah at the Lehi Cemetery.

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