A former principal and head football coach at Parker High School has died. LeRoy Shontz died Friday, May 15. He was 57 years old.
Shontz had suffered from a variety of health issues for years.
Social media posts were filled with condolences from friends and former students. Many former students spoke of the influence Shontz had on their lives.
Shontz was a declared Republican candidate for the office of County School Superintendent. The incumbent, Jacque Price, is retiring. Deputy County Elections Director Kimmy Olsen said Shontz’s name will be removed from the ballot and his only opponent, Republican Dru Waggoner, is the only official candidate for that office.
Olsen said it was too late for any other candidate to get his or her name on the ballot. A candidate could run for the office as a write-in candidate.
There will be a Celebration of Life for Shontz starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 6 at 509 W. 11th Street, Parker. In honor of LeRoy’s love of football, attendees are asked to wear their favorite team’s attire.
In lieu of flowers, it’s requested that donations be made to the LeRoy Shontz Memorial Fund. This fund has been established to ensure that any student who wants to play sports will be able to do so without it imposing a financial hardship on their families.
Posts on Shontz’s Facebook page stated he was always ready to help any student in need who wanted to play sports.
“If a student needed assistance, LeRoy would help in any way he could,” the posts said. “Whether it be purchasing a pair of cleats, away game meals, school athletic insurance, etc.”
Donations to the fund can be made at via Venmo at email@example.com. Checks can also be mailed to Marion Shontz at 1104 W. Fifth Street, Parker, Ariz. 85344.