Legendary LHS coach John R. Deti passes away
Deacon “Coach” John R. Deti, 80, passed away Thursday in Cheyenne. Deti was a longtime, legendary football coach at Laramie High School from 1977-2002. He also previously coached at Mullen High School in Denver (1964-65), Cody High School (1965-66) and Sheridan High School (1966-70). He came back home to Laramie and took the reins of the Plainsmen program after his father, John Deti Sr., began the family legacy coaching football at Laramie from 1944-76. Deti Jr. posted a 157-79 record with the Plainsmen and his 188 career victories in the state ranks him fourth in Wyoming high school history. His Plainsmen teams won two state championships in 1984 and 1994, and finished runner-up five times in title games. Deti Jr. also guided his teams to 11 conference championships, coached in two Shrine Bowls in 1988 and 1992, was a Wyoming Coaches Association’s Coach of the Year in 1985 and 1995, inducted into the association’s Hall of Fame in 2004 and a member of the Wyoming Sports Hall of Fame. His daughter-in-law, Megan Deti, announced his passing online and arrangements with Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home are pending. A feature story will be published in Sunday’s edition of the Laramie Boomerang.