Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Rafer Simon Lutz

Rafer Simon Lutz, 42, devoted husband, father and teacher, entered the presence of the Lord on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, following a year-long battle with melanoma. A memorial service was held May 30 in the Paul W. Powell Chapel of Truett Seminary, with Rev. Jeff Hatton, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, presiding.

Rafer was born Aug. 10, 1969, and grew up in Sun Valley, Idaho. He attended preparatory school in Pebble Beach, Calif.. He received his B.A. in psychology from the University of Washington (1993), and his M.S. (1997) and Ph.D. (2001) in exercise science from Arizona State University.

Rafer is survived by his wife, Lori; his sons, Carson and William; his father, Robert Lutz, and wife Sharon of Boise, Idaho; his mother, Hildy Carter, and husband Gene of Henderson, Nev.; his brother, Derek Lutz, and wife Cynthia of Riverside, Calif.; his uncles, Frederick Lutz and Tony Lutz; and four cousins.

Rafer's life was one of unending service. A committed Christian, he served as deacon and elder at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, where he was a longtime and beloved member.

Rafer combined his passion for golf with his passion for teaching and research, and he excelled at both. While an undergraduate at the University of Washington, Rafer was an All-American Scholar on the golf team and qualified for the USGA amateur championship. He taught at Baylor University beginning in 2001, serving as chair of the department of health, human performance and recreation since 2008. An exemplary teacher, Rafer taught courses in sport and exercise psychology and served as a consultant for several of Baylor's athletic teams and for community athletic groups. He authored dozens of book chapters, journal articles and conference presentations on the psychology of sports. Rafer was a member of several professional organizations, including the American College of Sports Medicine. Along with his wife, Lori, he was also active in the World Scientific Congress of Golf.

In lieu of sending flowers, donations may be made to the Melanoma Research Foundation, Box 759329, Baltimore, MD 212275-9329 or

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