From staff reports
Former Kokomo High School assistant athletic director Dick Christie died Tuesday after an apparent accident at his home.
Police were initially called to Christie’s residence to investigate an apparent electrocution. He was found unresponsive in his pool, but initial reports from the coroner did not indicate Christie had been electrocuted. An autopsy was scheduled for today to determine a preliminary cause of death.
Christie retired following the 2011-12 school year after a 38-year run as a teacher and administrator, the last 22 of those years in the Kokomo-Center Schools’ system.
“I’m just shocked. I’m sick to my stomach,” director of human resources and former head athletic director Mike Wade said Tuesday night. “There’s not a nicer person. There’s never been a time where he didn’t care about kids. Everything he did was what was the best for kids. That was so much about what I loved about working with him for so long.”
He was honored for his service to the school during the 88th running of the Kokomo Relays track meet in April. Aside from coordinating schedules and coinciding facilities for the corporation’s middle school athletic events, Christie also undertook the planning and execution of the track and field program’s signature events, the Kokomo Relays as well as the IHSAA boys sectional and regional meets.
“There are so many people he’s influenced in our community throughout his time because he’s been there for all the events,” current KHS athletic director Jason Snyder told the Tribune in April. “... He’s synonymous with our middle school athletics, but what he’s done for our athletics program overall is indescribable.”