Published in Washington Times on Mar. 27, 2020
Llewellyn Attsett Luce
Luce, Llewellyn Attsett Age 81 On Sunday, March 22, 2020,
Llewellyn Attsett Luce, loving husband to Mary Lou (Gardner)
Luce and father of three children, died at the age of 81.
Lew was born on April 3, 1938 in Washington D.C. to Llewellyn
and Mayola Luce. He had one brother, John Byrd Luce, RIP
Lew was raised in Washington D.C. and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in
In 1959, he married Mary Lou Gardner and they raised three children, Carol, Patrick and
Mary Elizabeth. Lew was proclaimed one of the greatest athletes ever to come out of the
Washington D.C. area. He was a 3 time All Metropolitan in Basketball as well as All
Metropolitan in Football and Baseball. He would later go on to play with the Washington
Redskins and also briefly in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. He was also a renowned
Basketball Official at the High School and Collegiate levels. When his playing days were
over, Lew became a teacher and coach for over 30 years where he touched the lives of many
students and young athletes. His football coaching career began with Florida State with then
assistant Bobby Bowden. He would go on to coach basketball, baseball and football at many
levels. He is also known for developing Maplewood Boys club in its infancy to a powerhouse
in the D.C. area.
Lew and Mary Lou would later retire to Apollo Beach, Florida where they both became
involved in numerous charitable and community organizations. In Apollo Beach, Lew was
instantly recognized by his Green Truck, Baseball Hat and was simply referred to as "Coach".
He is survived by his beautiful wife of 61 years, Mary Lou, his 3 children, 6 grandchildren and
two great grandchildren.
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