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Robert “Bob” Hutson

Bob Hutson pic 1Coach Bob Hutson, age 90, of Latexo, passed away Friday, July 24, 2020 in the Hospice of East Texas in Tyler.  Bob was born November 2, 1929 in Lufkin to parents, William Burke Hutson and Evelyn Walker Hutson.  He attended Sam Houston State University then graduated from University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science degree.  He was a veteran of the United States Army 321st Signal Battalion serving during the Korean War.  Bob was a longtime educator and coach with a very successful high school coaching career, having a great love for baseball having played for Sam Houston State Teachers College for 2 years then while in the Army playing for the VII Corps team eventually coaching that team.

While working on his degree at the University of Houston, Bob helped organize and promote American Legion Baseball in the Houston area.  In 1960, he originated the Houston Coaches Invitational Baseball Tournament, the largest baseball tournament in Texas at that time with 42 teams and directed in for 16 years.  In the early 1960’s, he coached Houston Amateur Baseball for several years with one of those teams winning a national championship.  Then in the late 1960’s, he organized Houston Sports Unlimited which conducted summer baseball clinics reaching youngster from Little League to college level with many of the players going on to college and professional sports.

In 1964, Coach Hutson organized the first Colt League Teams in Houston and his team, Northwest All Stars won the Colt League World Series.  He organized the first Texas Teenage League ever in the Houston area in 1970 and was one of the founders of the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association and assisted in the All Star Baseball Game in the Astrodome serving as a director for several years.  In 1976, Bob decided to move to Houston County where he took a position at Crockett ISD serving as athletic director/coach from 1975 to 1980.  In 1980, Latexo ISD hired Coach Hutson with an agreement to build a baseball field and let him start a baseball program then in 1986 until his retirement in 1994, he was the Jr. High Athletic Coordinator and Assistant High School Baseball coach for Palestine ISD then he was lured out of retirement by Lovelady ISD as their baseball coach.

In 2006, Coach Hutson was inducted into the Houston Area Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Honor for his continued dedication and years of service to baseball.  During his entire life, Coach Hutson’s love for baseball and the youngsters who play has left its mark, helping high school baseball in Texas to be the best in the nation.   He was a member of the South Loop Church of Christ.

Bob is survived by his wife of 69 years, Marian Reynolds Hutson; daughter, Leeann Hutson Solice and husband, William Kenneth; granddaughter, Margaret Elizabeth Solice.  He was preceded in death by grandsons, William Mackenzie Solice and Robert Hutson Solice.

A public visitation and viewing for Coach Bob Hutson will be from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at the Callaway-Allee Funeral Home.  Please feel free to come by and leave a rememberance note to Coach’s family.

A private service will be held, however the family wishes to extend their appreciation to everyone who have been so kind to remember Coach Hutson with thoughts and prayers for them.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a youth sports organization of choice.

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  1. Rest in Peace Coach. Thanks for everything you did for me.

  2. Dear Marian,
    We wish we could be with you and your family at this time. You and Bob have been so important and special to us for many years. Please remember that we love you and are keeping you close in our thoughts and prayers.

    Coach Ed and Helen Deffenbaugh
    Poteau, Oklahoma

  3. Coach Hutson was the Best of the Best.
    He helped many kids through some tough times. More than you will ever know.
    I would still see him around town through the years. He never forgot about us.
    He will be greatly missed. Love you Coach.
    Thank You Mrs. Hutson for lending him to all of us for so many years.
    Carolyn Patton Carroll

  4. Dear Mrs. Hutson I am so saddened at your loss. I know you and all of us are going to miss Coach. He and Kenny are having a glorious reunion. I love you my sister.

  5. Coach Hutson was the kindest most caring person I’ve ever met. He truly loved his neighbor and treated everyone with dignity and respect. The world has lost a great man. Know that our prayers and thoughts are with you, Marian and Family. The Lord loves you and will help you thru this hard time. We are all going to miss him!

  6. So sorry for your loss, sending prayers to your family.

  7. Rest In Peace. Thank you for the life lessons you taught me,

  8. I first met Coach Hutson in 1956 at St Rose of Lima. I’m not sure I was athlete material but I played my heart out for Coach. He tested me at halfback for about 5 minutes and decided I was going to be a tackle. I have missed him over the last sixty years. Know that you were respected and loved.

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