OTTO FRANCIS LOW
1931 - 2014
Otto Francis Low was born in Ft. Collins, Colorado in 1931 and passed from this world on April 13, 2014 in San Diego. He attended schools in Wyoming and went to Eastern Montana State University where he played basketball. He married Patsy Burke and they had three children.
Otto served in the United States Air Force as a tail gunner in the Korean War. After the war, he returned to school to complete his degree and became a teacher and coach at Big Piney High School in Big Piney, Wyoming. He taught English and physical education and coached three sports. He had basketball teams that were Conference champs in 1961 and District and Conference champs in 1962, '63, '64 and 65'. His teams won three State championships in eight man football. Otto was at Big Piney for twelve years before coming to El Centro and Central Union High School in the '67 - '68 school year. At Central he coached football, basketball, baseball, and softball at various levels, winning a number of championships. In softball, he won no CIF titles but had three final four slots.
Otto has been inducted into the Imperial Valley Football Coaches' Hall of Fame - the third coach awarded this honor in the school's history. He was named Coach of the Year at the high school level seven times and was Coach of the Year for the Pacific Coast Conference (softball) at the junior college level once. In 2010 Otto was selected as the first coach to be inducted into the Big Piney Athletic Hall of Fame. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. During his tenure at Central, he was physical education department head multiple times and served as a negotiator for the El Centro Secondary Teachers' Association as well. Otto enjoyed being outside and spent some of his better moments with friends on the golf course. Otto married his wife, Judy, in 1984. She and the entire family miss him greatly but know that he is in a better place now where he can breathe easier and move with freedom.
He is survived by Judy, his wife of 30 years; daughters, Pam (Cliff) Kirkpatrick; Cindy (Mike) Pacheco; son, Steve (Charlene) Low; grandsons, Lance (Mindy) Cheatwood, Brian Kirkpatrick and Raymond (Kelly) Kirkpatrick; grand-daughter, Alexis Pacheco and great-grandchildren, Whitney and Tysen Cheatwood and Kylie Kirkpatrick.
A celebration of life will be held in his honor on Saturday, April 19 at 10 a.m. at the First Assembly of God Church in El Centro.
The family suggests that donations in lieu of flowers be sent to Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 6439 Americus, GA 31709-6439 or Mooseheart Child City & School, Inc.; Mooseheart, IL 60539.