Dave Lutz, a long time staple of Way Productions through 1996, died July 13th after battling an illness since 2004.
Ted Ferrell had this to say about his fellow musician and friend:
As tears flood my eyes, I write these few words about my dear friend and brother in Christ, Dave Lutz.
I first met and heard Dave sing at Camp Gunninson in 1979 and I was impressed by his God inspired talent.
When I got back to HQ, I told V.P. That we should bring Dave to New Knoxville to be a part Of Way Prod. Dave and his lovely wife Terry, did come and through the years of Dave's involvement with Way Prod., he gave his all in all. His songs and love for God's people shall forever remain with us.
Dave, Doug McMullan, and J.P. were the best of friends and
used to get together to pick and sing them good ole'country tunes. I
called them the Outlaws because them good old boys were certainly not
of the law. They were free in Christ.
In 1996, Dave came to see me when I was living in
Cleveland Oh., and stayed at my home for a couple of days. We talked
about many things and how the cold wind of change was happening down on
the farm in New Knoxville. Soon thereafter, Dave decided to move on.
The last time I was with Dave was in 2002 at the CFF
Reunion. Dave performed several of his wonderful songs that thrilled
our hearts. His son, David, played the fiddle on a few of the tunes.
In closing I will say, Dave, there will come a day we shall be together again and play Cowboys And Christians.
A Friend Of Dave's
Dave was one of a kind , and no one that I know will ever
be able to fill his cowboy boots. I will sadly miss my wonderful
Around 2002, Dave made a CD called Taste And See, that has
Dave playing his guitar to accomany his rich, vibrant bairtone voice.
You may be able to obtain this CD through CFF.
GreaseSpot's memorial thread in the forums.
David L. Lutz
Beloved husband, father and friend
Oct. 6, 1950 — July 13, 2007
MONTROSE — David L. Lutz, beloved husband, father and friend, went on to be with the Lord on Friday evening, July 13, 2007, after a long term illness starting in 2004. A native to Montrose, Dave was born on Oct. 6, 1950, to Donald and Betty Freeman. After the death of his father, Betty married Terry Lutz, who adopted both David and his older brother, Larry. They grew up ranching with the Freeman’s and farming with the Lutz’s. Dave loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing camping and playing the guitar. In 1975, Dave gave his life to the Lord and began working in music ministry in Ohio with his wife, Terri, where they stayed until 1996, at which time they moved to Mesa, Ariz. and continued in the work of the ministry. In 2003, they returned to Colorado and eventually settled in Olathe to be near family. Dave pastored a small cowboy church in Pea Green from 2004 until recently. Being an accomplished singer/songwriter, Dave played at various community events with his son David playing the fiddle, performing the old cowboy songs and original Christian songs that he had written. He will be greatly missed.
His grandparents, Pearl and Lester Freeman and Jay and Grace Lutz, his natural father, Donald Freeman and his mother, Betty Lutz preceded Dave in death. He is survived by his wife, Terri and son, David of Olathe along with his brother, Larry Lutz of Parker, Colo.; and his stepfather Terry Lutz of Montrose.
A memorial service will be held at the Pea Green Community Hall in Pea Green off Highway 348 halfway between Olathe and Delta on Friday, July 20, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. A private interment will take place. A reception for family and friends will be held at the Menoken Christian Church immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established to help the family cover the massive medical bills that accumulated during Dave’s illness. Those wishing to contribute can contact Alpine Bank, 2770 Alpine Drive, Montrose, CO 81401 (970) 240-0900.
Arrangements are being handled under the care and direction of Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors, 155 Merchant Drive, Montrose, CO 81401 (970) 240-9870. Visit our website, sign the online register and send Dave’s family private condolences at www.sunsetmesafuneraldirectors.com.