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Obituary: Dee Hershey

Dee Hershey.

Dee Hershey.

Dee Hershey passed away February 6, 2024, at Encompass Rehabilitation Hospital in Henderson, Nevada.

Dee was born in Hooker, Oklahoma on July 2, 1936, to Jim and Julia Hershey of Turpin, Oklahoma.

His world changed for the better when he met the love of his life Pat Stout of Liberal, Kansas. On March 30, 1962, they were wed and would remain so for 62 years until his passing.

Dee Graduated from Highland University in Las Vegas, New Mexico with a Bachelor of Science in biology. His first teaching job was in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico in 1966 where he taught biology and coached basketball. In the summer of 1973, he moved his family to Williams, Arizona. Continuing to teach biology and coach varsity basketball in Williams, he achieved great success with his students on and off the court. Dee was voted Coach of the Year in 1980 by the Arizona Republic after his basketball team won the AIA Boys Basketball Championship for B Division.

In 1983, looking for warmer weather and new minds to “torture” he moved the family to Bullhead City, Arizona, were he switched to teaching AP math because as he always said, “There are just so many ways to cut up a frog!” Finally retiring in 1997, Dee and Pat spent their summers in the cool mountains of Williams and their winters in the warm, dry desert of Bullhead City.

Family was always very important to Dee and Pat, having come from large families themselves. Together they had two daughters, Shari and Katrina, and eventually a son, Darin.

Always wanting to find a way to be of service to others, they helped numerous young people along the way. As many as 11 young people lived with them throughout the years, who they helped move along to the next stage of their lives. Only one remained constant throughout their life and became an important part of the family, Theresa. A bonus daughter, coming later in life, she was, as he would often joke, the favorite youngest daughter. Dee always said, “She’s just the one that never left, but we are sure glad she stayed.”

Dee loved his family above all else and treasured all young people who walked into his classroom or onto his basketball court. He will be missed by all who know him. Per his request, there will not be a service as he prefers people remember him as he was. A loving husband, brother, son, father, uncle, grandfather, great grandfather and friend.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family asks to have donations made to your local high school booster club.

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