Friends and family will pay respects to Coy Lutz on Monday and Tuesday.
The 19-year-old from Howard died Saturday in a horse rodeo performance accident in Cowtown, N.J. It is what he loved to do, according to his obituary.
“Coy was doing just that, pursuing what he loved most when he lost his life, and that my friends is success of the highest degree,” his obituary said. “Here’s to you, Coy. Thank you for showing us the way.”
He was a four-time national qualifier and a two-time Pennsylvania state champion in High School Rodeo Associations.
Lutz is survived by his parents Doug and Sabine Lutz, of Howard; two sisters Melanie (Justin) Witherite, of Pleasant Gap, and Laura (Ryan Watkins) Lutz, of Beech Creek; niece Jolene and nephew Tanner, whom he adored tremendously. His paternal grandparents Larry and Dottie Swartz, of Bellefonte, and Ira and Sandy Lutz, also of Bellefonte. He is also survived by his uncle Michael and aunt Karin Rottenberger, of Nuremburg, Germany. He was preceded in death by maternal grandparents Helmut and Margot Rottenberger.
Lutz attended the University of Tennessee at Martin where he majored in criminal justice.
“Coy was just an outstanding kid who had a real bright future,” UT Martin rodeo head coach John Luthi said in a release. “He was a good student and he came from a great family. Even though he was only here for one year, his impact will always be felt here at UT Martin. He was a super human being who always took care of his business. It’s hard to imagine why something like this had to happen but we have faith that God is in control.”
He also graduated from the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology in 2015.
He was asked what advice he would give to other CPI students.
“I guess I’d tell all the underclassmen to work hard and not to slack, because it’s worth it in the long run,” Lutz said in 2015.
Friends and family will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the church.
Funeral services will be held on 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Beech Creek Wesleyan Church, located at 217 Main St., with Doug Brenneman officiating. Burial will be at Schencks Cemetery in Howard.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the UT Martin Rodeo Scholarship Fund, UT Martin Office of Development, located at 554 University St., 314 Administration Bldg., Martin, TN or donations may be made to www.justincowboycrisisfund.org.