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Danny Lotz, Son-in-Law of Billy Graham, Dies at 78
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Prayers are appreciated for Anne Graham Lotz and her family as they grieve the loss of Danny Lotz, her husband of 49 years and son-in-law to Billy Graham. He passed away Wednesday, August 19, in a  hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina, after being found unconscious in a swimming pool outside his home on August 17.

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Danny accepted Jesus Christ many years ago while riding along with his dad and brothers over New York City’s 59th Street Bridge. At the time, he was a promising high school basketball player. He went on to to play at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His team won the 1957 National Championship in triple overtime.

But his most meaningful legacy began after a broken leg forced him off the team and he sensed God leading him to start the first chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) in North Carolina.

Through his service with FCA, he met a young woman he called “the most beautiful girl in the world,” who would later become his wife. Danny set up a dental practice in Raleigh, North Carolina, as Anne focused on ministry. They raised three children together—a son, Jonathan and two daughters, Morrow and Rachel-Ruth.

His diabetes diagnosis at age 50 was the beginning of many physical and emotional trials. A March 2015 Decision magazine article explained how Danny’s friends nicknamed him “the Gladiator” for fighting through illnesses that left him blind in one eye and deaf in one ear while enduring dialysis three days a week.

Danny was known as a devoted husband and father, grandfather and mentor, continuing to lead men’s Bible studies in Chapel Hill into this year. But most of all he was known for his devotion to Jesus Christ.