60, collapsed after a heart attack during a girls' softball playoff game between Cinco Ranch and MacArthur High Schools, said his daughter, Carla Holycross of Fulshear. The game took place at the Aldine Independent School District Softball Complex, 1865 Aldine Bender Road. "He died doing what he loved," Holycross said. "For him there was probably no better way to have departed. He was out there being part of the game he loved." Scearce, who was working Friday as first-base umpire, collapsed during the game. His daughter said she thought he had died immediately of a heart attack, although he was taken to Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital. After retiring in 2008 as athletic director at Memorial Parkway Junior High in the Katy school district, Scearce continued to referee and umpire games two or three times a week from October to May, his daughter said. He had umpired another playoff game a week before his death, she said. "Athletics was his love," she said. "He enjoyed reaching out to kids and trying to teach them lessons of life through sports. This was his way of giving back to that." Holycross said her father had no evident health problems. He is also survived by his wife, Judy Scearce, and daughter Carla Smith of Tyler, who is Holycross' twin sister, and four grandchildren. The family had not made final plans for a memorial service, Holycross said Saturday afternoon. In lieu of flowers, the family would like memorial donations to go toward a scholarship fund for Katy school district athletes, to be set up Monday. The family appreciates the support of coaches and players from both Aldine and Katy school districts and others who went to the hospital to be with Scearce's family, his daughter said. "It meant a lot to our family," she said.