Elmer William Runge of San Diego, CA, passed away on Sunday, July 09, 2023, at the age of 90.
Elmer was a well-loved coach at Mission Bay and Patrick Henry High Schools in San Diego. Elmer coached gymnastics, cross-country, wrestling, and track and field from 1959 until his retirement in 1995. In 1999, he was a charter member of the 1999 SDHS Coaching Legends for Track and Field. His many accomplishments include 15 league championships, the 1961 SD-CIF wrestling, and the 1975 SD-CIF Track and Field Titles. He also received four coaching awards and a 1978 Service Honor Award for physical fitness for older adults. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service and celebration of life at St. Andrews Lutheran Church, San Diego, on August 19, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. In place of flowers, please consider donating in his honor to Elmer William Runge Scholarship Fund.