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AHSAA Mourns the Death of High School Officiating Legend Hugh Dan Gunter

   The AHSAA was saddened to learn of the death of longtime Alabama High School football official Hugh Dan Gunter, 87, who died after an extended illness.
     “Our hearts go out to his wife of 63 years Lynn and the entire family of Mr. Gunter,” said Steve Savarese, AHSAA Executive Director. “His life of long-time service to the AHSAA is noted by leadership and mentoring of on and off the field. He has been instrumental in helping our football officials statewide become the best they can be.”

     Born in DeKalb County in 1932, he moved to Gadsden as a young boy. He was a founding member of Edgewood Baptist Church, where he was baptized as a teenager. He graduated from Emma Samson High School in 1952. He was voted MVP of the 1951 football team and made second team All-County. After graduation, Hugh would serve in the U.S Army before returning home to work at Goodyear for 32 years advancing to Engineering Manager over the Radial Tire Plant until he retired.
     In 1959, he joined the Gadsden Football Officials Association and would referee high school football for 40 years. He was the Association president for 10 years. In 1999, he was appointed as the East Central District Director by the Alabama High School Athletic Association. He resigned as Director in 2007 but continued to do volunteer work for the AHSAA as long as his health allowed.

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