An original faculty member of Ray High School when it opened in 1950, longtime football coach Dan Purcell died over the weekend at age 92. Family members tell us he died of natural causes. He was the offensive line coach when Ray won the state title in 1959. He became the school's second head football coach in 1965. He retired in 1986.
A rosary service will be held Tuesday night at 7pm at St. Pius X Catholic Church. A funeral mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 10am. A military burial will follow at Seaside Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Dan Purcell Scholarship Fund, Texan Torch, P.O. Box 5080 Corpus Christi, Tx. 78465-5080