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March 18, 2012

Dr. Dan Franklin DeLoache

1934 - 2012

Dr. Dan Franklin DeLoache transcended this life on March 14, 2012, his 78th birthday.

Born in Wilburton, Oklahoma, on March 14, 1934 to Sam and Ernestine (Funderburg) DeLoach, he graduated from Wilburton High School in 1952 and went on to earn a bachelor’s of education degree from East Central State College in Ada, Oklahoma, followed by a master’s degree and PhD from the University of Oklahoma. He taught in the College of Education at NSU from 1966 until his retirement in 2004 after 39 years of teaching at NSU and a total of 45 years of teaching in Oklahoma.

During his years at NSU he also served as head coach for the men’s soccer team (1981-1992), which he had helped to establish together with assistant coaches Dr. Lee K. Quiett and James K. Malone. He continued his association with the soccer program by serving as assistant coach under Head Coach Charlie Mitchell in both the men’s and women’s programs from 1992 through 2005. He was named NAIA District IX Soccer Coach of the year 1982-83, and 1986-87 as well as serving as the Chairman of the NAIA District IX Soccer Committee for Oklahoma, 1981-93, in addition to being a member of the Tahlequah Committee which founded “Indian Nations Soccer Club’ in 1978-79, and led the Club as President in 1979-81.

He was the author of the NSU Honors Awards Program, 1968-69 and served as Chairman of the Honors Awards Committee 1968-80, a member of the inaugural class of NSU Centurions, and an inductee into the NSU Athletic Hall of Fame. In October 2011, he was honored for his accomplishments with the soccer program by having the NSU soccer field named for him, “Dr. Dan F. DeLoache Field.” In 1975, he received the Kate Frank Meritorious Service Award from the Human Relations Commission of the Oklahoma Education Association.

He was especially proud of having received the 32nd degree in Freemasonry from the Tulsa Scottish Rite in 1997, of being a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, the Sons of the Revolution, and the National Huguenot Society. Above all else, he loved his family and his country.

Those who will always cherish his memory include his wife Sharon Olive DeLoache, his sons Dr. Christopher Sarrett DeLoache (wife Mari and children Danika Ashlyn-Marie DeLoache, and Dradan Christopher-Scott DeLoache of Tahlequah), Sam Hudson DeLoache (wife Christie of Bixby and children Jacob Tyler DeLoache and Henry Oliver DeLoache of Bixby), and daughter Danielle Lynette DeLoache Carroll (husband Rodney Carroll and children Rachel Danielle Carroll, Brian Daniel Carroll of McKinney, Texas), brother James DeLoach  (son Jason), and sister Frances DeLoach Erwin (husband Bill) both of Sapulpa, and  sister-in-law Betty Gibson DeLoach of Brentwood, California, as well as by the young men and women whom he coached, taught, and mentored. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Sam (Bud) DeLoach.

The family suggests that those who wish to give a tribute to Dr. DeLoache consider a donation to the NSU Soccer Foundation.

The family suggests that those who wish to give a tribute to Dr. DeLoache consider a donation to the NSU Foundation at 918-458-2143 or www.nsugiving.com. A private memorial gathering will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Hart Funeral Home.  www.hartfuneralhome.net

 

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