Longtime KSHSAA head Nelson Hartman dies

Nelson Hartman, a former executive director of the Kansas State High School Activities Association, died in Fort Collins, Colo. He was 90. 

Hartman joined KSHSAA in 1963 and served until his retirement in 1993.  

During his tenure, Hartman received numerous local and national awards and was a member of the Executive Committee of the National Federation of State High School Associations, as well as the USA Olympic Basketball Committee. He is most known for the development of the overtime rules used in interscholastic football and for his good citizenship sportsmanship policies. He dedicated his life to promoting positive values in the youth of Kansas through education and sports.  

Prior to joining KSHSAA, Hartman taught mathematics and coached in Claflin, Cunningham and WaKeeney and was principal and superintendent in Goddard. He was born and raised in Bison and received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Fort Hays State University. 

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Nila Mae Jones Hartman, two children, three grandchildren and one great grandchild. 

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 7755 Greenstone Trail, Fort Collins, Colo., 80525. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nelson’s name to the Redeemer Lutheran Church Youth Ministry.  

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