Decatur remembers 'humble giant' Ray Rients

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Ray Rients, 58, was a coach, teacher and scoring table staple who helped out at both Eisenhower and MacArthur high schools. Ray Rients, 58, was a coach, teacher and scoring table staple who helped out at both Eisenhower and MacArthur high schools.

DECATUR -- The program at Ray Rients' memorial gathering says it all: "He was a humble giant, never seeking the spotlight and was always willing to help people."

On Tuesday, Rients got his much-deserved time in the spotlight.

MacArthur athletic director Jason Crutcher helped organize a ceremony to honor the longtime Decatur teacher, coach and scorer's table staple. He taught at Eisenhower while coaching football, basketball, wrestling and baseball -- then chose to help out by serving on the scorer's table at MacArthur and Eisenhower from 2003-2017.

It was fitting, then, for the school to put the scorer's table itself on stage at MacArthur's auditorium for Rients' memorial service.

The guest log? A scorer's book.

The Decatur Public Schools community also honored Rients during MacArthur's game against Glenwood on Friday -- with a pregame moment of silence and a ceremonial bag of Rients' favorite LifeSavers mints.

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