Anne Graham Lotz with her husband Danny Lotz at a public event in North Carolina. Photo courtesy of the Durham Herald-Sun

Danny Lotz, husband of Bible teacher Anne Graham Lotz, dies at 78

Anne Graham Lotz with her husband Danny Lotz at a public event in North Carolina. Photo courtesy of the Durham Herald-Sun

Anne Graham Lotz with her husband, Danny Lotz, at a public event in North Carolina. Photo courtesy of the Durham Herald-Sun

(RNS) Danny Lotz, the husband of Bible teacher Anne Graham Lotz, died Wednesday (Aug. 19) in a Raleigh, N.C., hospital after he was found unconscious in a swimming pool outside his home on Monday.

Lotz, 78, was a devoted Christian, a college basketball star and a dentist. But he was perhaps best known as the husband of Anne Graham Lotz and the son-in-law of the Rev. Billy Graham, Anne's father.

Lotz had been in failing health for many years. His diabetes diagnosis at age 50 was the beginning of many physical trials; he lost his sight in one eye and his hearing in one ear and required three dialysis treatments per week.

He was memorialized on Anne Graham Lotz's Facebook page as "God’s Gladiator."


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"He never complained, never slowed down, never gave up, never stopped investing in the lives of others," his wife wrote on the website of  AnGeL Ministries.

The son of a minister from New York state, he came to North Carolina as a promising college basketball player. At 6 feet 6 inches tall, he helped the University of North Carolina win the national championship in 1957. During his first year of dental school he played football at UNC. He later helped start the first chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in North Carolina.

His devotion to collegiate athletics was unwavering. This past Sunday (Aug. 16), he and his wife attended a Chapel Hill church service for the UNC women's basketball team.

After serving for two years in the Air Force, he  was introduced to Anne Graham, one of Billy and Ruth Graham's five children, and the two were married in 1966. They have three children.

He practiced dentistry for many years, led popular men’s Bible studies in Raleigh and Chapel Hill and helped found two Southern Baptist Convention-affiliated churches.

No funeral arrangements were immediately available.

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Comments

  1. Graciously, he has the hope of being resurrected from his sleeping in death (Ecclesiastes 9:5,6,10), to be awakened back to life on earth (John 5:28,29; Acts 24:15), to be reunited with family and friends.

    This marvelous hope will soon be realized throughout the millennial rule of God’s kingdom or heavenly government (Daniel 2:44), by Christ Jesus, its King (Isaiah 11:1-9), just as Jesus had resurrected Lazarus from the dead 4 days after he died on earth (John 11:1-48).

  2. He is not asleep somewhere this man is in heaven with JESUS THE. SAVIOR and. His family and every believer will be with him one day soon. HALLELUIAH!!!

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