ST. JOHN — Shane Stimatze, who officiated countless McPherson High basketball games in recent years and was well known to many Bullpup fans, died at his home Sunday.
He was 42.
Stimatze, who lived in rural St. John, was regarded as one of the top basketball officials in the state and had worked the McPherson Invitational as well as other Bullpup games.
He also worked the Jayhawk Juco Conference, KCAC and the NCJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson.
He was a businessman as he owned Mid-Kansas Ag Inc. and Squeak’s Club, both of St. John.
“Anytime that Shane walked into our gym, I was confident that we were going to have his best effort,” said MHS boys basketball coach Kurt Kinnamon,, a St. John native. “One of the best to officiate in the Roundhouse during my 23 years.”
“Shane was a true professional as a referee,” MHS girls coach Chris Strathman said. “He was easy to talk to and always did his best for the kids. You could just tell that he loved being on the floor and I think he really loved working games in the Roundhouse. He will definitely be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
A celebration of life service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday at Mid Kansas Ag INc, 94 NW 20th Street in St. John. Minnis Chapel Inc., is in charge of arrangements.