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Katy Mourns the Loss of Morton Ranch Football Coach, Stephen Papp


June 26, 2018

Natalie Cook Clark

Friends and family of Stephen Papp, 33, are mourning after the history teacher and Morton Ranch football coach was tragically killed in a car accident.

News and sorrow is quickly spreading this week of the loss of Morton Ranch's assistant football coach, Stephen Papp. He passed away Saturday night in a car accident. Details have yet to be released. Even though he was currently on staff at Morton Ranch, Papp influenced many young Katy athletes having spent time at Katy ISD's Mayde Creek and Cinco Ranch High Schools prior to moving to Morton Ranch.

A cancer survivor, Papp was known for being quiet about his battle and giving his all to his students. Papp was also a World History teacher and enjoyed sharing the love of both athletics and history with his students.

"I enjoyed getting to know and work with Stephen over the past 2 years," said Wendell Ishee, social studies teacher/Morton Ranch football coach and one of Papp's coworkers. "He was always a willing worker and loved working with our kids and athletes. He had a brilliant football mind and was always willing to talk about schematics and situations. He worked to get the most out of his football players. He taught them toughness and accountability. I also watched him transform many athletes in pole vault during track season. I am very saddened by his death and my prayers go out to his family and friends," he says.

Current Paetow junior and former Morton Ranch freshman football player Alex Elko tweeted Monday night: "Rest Easy Coach Papp ... He was always a constant believer in everyone’s ability to obtain success through hard work and dedication ... The world definitely lost a great one . I truly believe he is in a much better place. I pray that his family may find peace and understanding. Again , Rest In Peace Coach Papp."

Stephen Papp's funeral is scheduled for this Friday, June 29 3 pm at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in his hometown, Kingwood.

Do you have a fond memory of Coach Papp? Share it with us below in the comments.


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