During my 30 years of refereeing high school football, I officiated several games for Coach Larry Shimel at all his coaching stops prior to coming to Big Valley Christian High School.
Whether he was coaching a playoff game at Hughson or league games at Modesto High or Modesto Christian, he always represented himself and his school well. He was a gentleman. When my officiating days ended, it was my privilege to form a friendship with Larry.
Sad as I am at his passing, I am glad to know that heaven just got a little better.