MORGAN WOOTTEN
FUNERAL HOME
Gasch's Funeral Home, P.A.
4739 Baltimore Avenue
Hyattsville, MD

MORGAN B. WOOTTEN "Woo"  
Passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, age 88, surrounded by his loving wife, children and grandchildren, in Hyattsville, MD. Beloved husband of Katherine "Moo" Wootten; loving father of Cathy (Mike) Stamper, Carol (Steve) Paul, Trish Wootten, Brendan (Elizabeth) Wootten and Joe (Terri Lynn) Wootten. Brother of Clare (Bob) Crawford-Mason, Lee Wootten and Angus (Batya) Wootten. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Stephen (Cameryn) Paul, Bucky Paul, Kiersten Paul, Nick Stamper, Brian Stamper Charlie Paul, Greg Stamper, Megan Wootten, Kevin Stamper, Micky Wootten, Ally Wootten, Caitlin Stamper, Alexa Wootten, Reese Wootten and Jackson Wootten as well as numerous family members and friends. The family is consoled knowing that Morgan is now in God's Hall of Fame.  This crowd on earth they soon forget. The heroes of the past, They cheer like mad until you fall, And that's how long you last. But God he never does forget, And in His Hall of Fame, By just believing in his Son, Inscribed you'll find your name. Friends may call on Saturday, January 25, 2020, from 1 to 3 p.m and 6 to 8 p.m, and on Sunday, January 26, from 4 to 6 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, January 27, 2020 at 10 a.m. All services are being held at DeMatha Catholic High School, Brendan Looney Convocation Center, 4313 Madison Street, Hyattsville, MD 20781. In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations to the Morgan Wootten Scholarship Fund at DeMathia High School.www.gaschs.com  
Published by The Washington Post on Jan. 23, 2020.
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MEMORIAL EVENTS
Jan
25
Calling hours
1:00p.m. - 3:00p.m.
DeMatha Catholic High School, Brendan Looney Convocation Center
4313 Madison Street, Hyattsville, MD
Jan
25
Calling hours
6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
DeMatha Catholic High School, Brendan Looney Convocation Center
4313 Madison Street, Hyattsville, MD
Jan
26
Calling hours
4:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.
DeMatha Catholic High School, Brendan Looney Convocation Center
4313 Madison Street, Hyattsville, MD
Jan
27
Funeral Mass
10:00a.m.
DeMatha Catholic High School, Brendan Looney Convocation Center
4313 Madison Street, Hyattsville, MD
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Gasch's Funeral Home, P.A.
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To the Wootten Family: Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. I feel privileged to have known Coach Wootten -- meeting him for the first time as camper at Metropolitan Area Basketball School and working with him and Coach Gallagher as a counselor at MABS during my years playing for St. John's. Although I played the last of seven varsity games against DeMatha nearly 43 years ago, I can remember every one of them. St. John's v. DeMatha was, and is to this day, a rivalry with no equal, and I consider it a privilege to have competed against Coach Wootten and the Stags. The players played and the coaches coached with everything they had in those games and when the buzzer sounded we left the court with abiding respect for one another and the rivalry. And as hard as they competed, Coach Gallagher and Coach Wootten had an abiding respect for one another that transcended the games and impacted everyone who played. I can only imagine the chats they have been having in heaven about past games and the occasional bad call!! I feel badly that I was not able to attend Coach's services given my location on the other coast, but be assured that Coach and the entire Wootten family have been in my thoughts and prayers.

Mark Pitchford
St. John's College High School 1977
Mark Pitchford
February 2, 2020
Dear Cathy, My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family on the loss of your wonderful father. I will always remember the time he took to speak with our history class at Immaculata. Gifted, generous man whose priorities were always in the right order.
Anne-Marie
January 28, 2020
As a manager of the 73-74 Mackin High basketball team, I remember the battles we had with DeMatha!
Great respect for you and the teams you coached. Rest In Peace coach!
Edgar Pike
January 27, 2020
I was on Morgan's 1st team @ St Johns . He was the most impactful person in my life. He taught me what it means to commit to achieving a goal and paying the price to achieve it . I carried those principles through my career . How lucky we all are fo having had Morgan in our lives . Blessings to you KATHY and your family . Jack White . St Johns class of 1956
January 27, 2020
Sorry for your loss, Condolences to Family & Friends.
Johnnie Brown
January 27, 2020
I saw his team come to Gastonia NC to play Ashbrook with James Worthy. DeMatha had Sidney Lowe and Derrick Wittenberg. Stags won by 20! An immortal icon. RIP
Danny Brackett
Friend
January 27, 2020
Morgan's sister, Clare, and my sister, Sally Murphy Holt, were best friends at St. Michael's school in Silver Spring, MD.
My prayers are with the family. May he rest in peace.
Steve Murphy
January 27, 2020
Thanks for being the kind supportive person you were for all the young men you affected over the years. DeMatha wouldn't be DeMatha without you.
Bo Ellis
Student
January 27, 2020
From 1998 to 2007 I attended Coach Morgan's basketball camp at Frostburg State University and grew into the individual I am today. Being able to learn from him and occasionally sharing a meal with him has stayed with me over these years. In 2013, before finishing college, I visited the basketball hall of fame and reveled in the exhibit for Coach Morgan, remembering all the lessons he taught many people over the years. May he rest in peace and my sympathies to the Wooten family.
Douglas Gardiner
Student
January 27, 2020
Coach Wooten always had a kind word when you passed him in the hallway at DeMatha. He would go out of his way to say hello and ask how you were doing in school. I feel privileged to have met him. Rest in peace.
Dan O'Connor
January 27, 2020
God is a God of all Comfort and he will Comfort the family's...My heartfelt sympathies..
January 27, 2020
Thank you for teaching me life lessons through this form of art and music we call basketball! My friend, mentor, teacher and coach. I love you and your family with my heart.
Alan Faulks
Student
January 27, 2020
Somewhere around 1969 - I was so fortunate to attend a basketball climic for women with Coach Wootten, when the rules changed to a 5 person team that went full court. I was a point guard and coach helped me with the positioning of my hands on the ball improving my shooting percentage, especially at the foul line where I shot over 95% my senior year. His clinic taught us the fast break and a zone overload that our Pallotti women's team utilized to win the league, undefeated in 1970-71. I have always cherished my short time with such a basketball icon and such a sincere and passionate coach. What a difference he made...to so many women athletes!
My condolences to the entire Wootten family. May God bless all of you in this difficult time. I am so grateful to have been able to meet Coach Wootten.
Eileen Danahy Simpson
Student
January 26, 2020
THOMAS kerley
Acquaintance
January 26, 2020
I am very appreciative and was deeply moved by Morgan Wooten. He gave me the award for Lifetime Achievement in Coaching Basketball.I believe it was his last official duty and he did it with class as he always did in his career.
Frank Orlando
January 26, 2020
He touched many lives and made a difference in all of them. Thank you for all you have done for so many.
Stephanie Solari
January 26, 2020
Coach Wooten you had a major impact in my life and for that , Thanks may you Rest In Peace and you will be missed
Michael Edwards
Student
January 26, 2020
What a great legend. He was a very fair and intelligent man. A great teacher in everything he partake in. He ad a unique way of communicating and you learned from it. He touched everybody who came through that building. He will be surely missed

Bladen Russell III 82
Bladen Russell
Student
January 26, 2020
Mr. Wooten left a legacy that many will never forget. He helped so many in gaining a good education. May the Wooten family also gain comfort and peace during this most difficult time from the God who cares.
January 26, 2020
My sincere condolences to the Wooten family.May the God of Comfort be with you and wipe away the tears from your faces.
January 26, 2020
God bless you, Morgan. Thank you for being so kind to me and my family. I am proud to have known you.
Bob L.
Vienna, VA
January 26, 2020
I met Eric through the late Bob Moore. He was always kind to me. They went to Africa together and I enjoyed the stories he told. He had a hearty laugh and a good spirit. Rest in peace.
Donna Jackson
January 25, 2020
Thank you,
for all you have done,
for all of us

Class of 1964
Cort Allen
Student
January 25, 2020
I am very saddened with the passing of such a great man. May God continue to bless the Wootten family.
Ray McCoy
January 25, 2020
My dad was just telling me how Morgan would pick up my brothers Michael and Steve for basketball camp many, many years ago. And if they didn't want to go that they had to tell him themselves... they never missed camp! Sending you our love and prayers from the Mehalic family.
Kathy Przybyla
January 25, 2020
You were the best teacher I had!! I hope you find a pick up team to coach in Heaven!! Steve Clements
Steven Clements
Student
January 25, 2020
GREAT MAN AND TEACHER !
Francis Butler
Student
January 25, 2020
Ever grateful for his advice some 33 years ago. God bless.
Jack Warnick
Acquaintance
January 25, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. I thank you for being a lifelong inspiration to your students and players.
Marye Ish
January 25, 2020
Rest in Peace Coach. Vaya con Dios.
Susan McCaskill
January 25, 2020
God bless your family. You had a great impact on my life.
Thomas James
Student
January 24, 2020
My heartfelt sympathy and condolences to Coach Wootton's family and friends.
Brian and Jennifer Vaughan
Fredericksburg, VA
Brian Vaughan
January 24, 2020
Our sincere condolences to Kathy and the family. It was a distinct pleasure and a privilege to have known this very special person. We were most fortunate to have spent time together with the McCarthy family and the Wootten's over many summers at "Four Winds" as well as many other special events!
May you be comforted with all the wonderful memories of Morgan's special life and celebrate his marvelous influence on so many others.
with love,
Natalie and Neil Simon
January 24, 2020
Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Morgan Wootten. An outstanding coach that touched the lives of so many successful athletes. He will not be forgotten. May the God of comfort and peace strengthen all who knew him during this difficult time.
JE Sowell
January 24, 2020
Our sincere condolences to the Wootten Family. May the God of all comfort provide you all the strength to cope with your loss
January 23, 2020
One of the most wonderful men ever. He embodied everything good and that goodness shone through in his words, actions and smile. 8AM Mass at St. Marks will never be the same without the Coach, but now that we learned that heaven has a Hall of Fame and he's in it, we are consoled.
Our hearts go out to you Kathy, and your family. You were the most caring caregiver EVER.
Sharon Klees
January 23, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Samuel D'ippolito
January 23, 2020
Many prayers for Kathy and family. Morgan has influenced 3 generations of my family and I am sure that God has welcomed him and praised him for a job well done.
Sincerely Colleen Carruthers Olexa and family
Colleen Carruthers Olexa
January 23, 2020
Gone but not forgotten. He was first class gentleman and a "great" basketball coach.
John (Stu) Mackintosh
January 23, 2020
Morgan...you made me who I am today....a part of me died with you.....May you rest in peace and may God bless your family double.

- John Wilson, III, Class of '76
Basketball Scorekeeper and Team Manager (1974-76)
John Wilson
Student
January 23, 2020
Please accept my sincere condolences to the Wootten Family. May Almighty God comfort your lives with His strength and His loving kindness as you cope with each difficult day that passes. Mr. Wootten will truly be missed.
BRY
January 23, 2020
Dear Joe and family,

I only knew of your dad personally by taking my boys to your camp and listening to your dad in his talks to the kids. He was inspiring and inspirational and it is a great testament how you have followed in your dads footsteps in teaching what he always preached to the kids every year,

Kenny Fried and sons Josh and Will
Kenny Fried
January 23, 2020
My deepest condolences to the Wootten family, at this very difficult time of your loss, may God give you the comfort and strength you need to help in your time of sorrow.
January 23, 2020
It is obvious that Mr. Morgan was successful both as an outstanding coach and as a role model of a man. May the peace of God that surpasses all understanding guide and console this family during its time of sadness.
January 23, 2020
What a great teacher he was, basketball aside, he taught me and a great many other boys how to live and grow into what we wanted to be and how to do it.......Barry Smith
barry smith
Student
January 23, 2020
Coach Wootten was one of my idols and role models and definitely why I am still a high school coach in my 49th year. Rest in Peace, Coach, and thank you.
January 23, 2020
My condolences.
January 23, 2020
Dear Joe and family- I am so very sorry for your loss. Your father was an incredible man and had such an impact and long lasting effect on so many peoples lives. He was a mentor and father figure to so many. Our community and world are heartbroken. You will be in our prayers.
Christopher Bourdeau
Friend
January 23, 2020
Dear Kathy and Family, I was so saddened to hear of the loss of your dear husband/father/grandfather. I followed his career and often used his philosophy on priorities as life goals with my own family. He will surely be missed but his legacy will live on forever. Love, Prayers and Many Hugs are being sent to you all, Joni
Joan Youdell Kisska
January 23, 2020
My condolences to the family of Morgan Wootten , I am very sorry for your loss. He was an excellent coach. May the God of comfort be with all of you as you grieve his loss.
January 23, 2020
Cathy - my deepest sympathies to you and your family. May the many memories comfort you in the days ahead.

An Immaculata Alum.
January 23, 2020
Cynthia Aaron
January 23, 2020
Joe and Family, our deepest condolences for your loss. I had the honor and privilege of being on the same court '74-'75 while playing for the Bishop Walsh Spartans in the ACIT tournaments. Morgan always treated Cumberland, Maryland as if it was his hometown family and our small town will never forget his support and
William Smith
January 22, 2020
I had the privilege and great pleasure meeting coach Wootten at a clinic his son put on at the Easton Md high school gym a few years ago. I caught him at a very good time, and we had a thirty minute conversation. He was not only the greatest basketball coach in history, he was also as wonderful a gentleman as could be imagined. He was so willing to answer my questions and tell me about his favorite experiences as a coach, including knocking off Power Memorial high school and Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul Jabbar) and their 71 game winning streak. Coach Wootten was an absolutely incredible human being. Will see him again on the other side. God's richest blessings on his family. Bill Dickerson
Bill Dickerson
January 22, 2020
Morgans Legacy will always be as a basketball coach but he was also a fabulous freshman year history teacher and youd better be on time and prepared.
Thomas Wiles
Student
January 22, 2020
I knew Morgan Wooten since I was 12 years old first at the old Allegany High School in Cumberland, MD then followed him throughout my basketball officiating career. He would always encourage you to constantly improve your skills by going to summer camps whether as a coach, player and or referee. He was truly one of my greatest mentors like I'm sure many others from all over the Basketball world. He will surely be missed but his legacy will live on forever. He is with the Lord now as I know how much of a Christian he was. To his family especially his son Joe, I feel your pain & I pray that God will be their to strengthen you. In Jesus name we pray amen.
Michael Zollner
Acquaintance
January 22, 2020
RIP . A fan since 1956.
January 22, 2020
Im sure God welcomed Morgan and said job well done
January 22, 2020
Thanks to God for amazing, humble and decent men like this in my life. Blessings on your new adventures on your rich rewards !
Tony Nemil
Student
January 22, 2020
Godspeed Morgan. Forever "Coach"...
Harry Simpson
January 22, 2020
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