TAHLEQUAH — Dr. Dan Franklin DeLoache transcended this
life on March 14, 2012, his 78th birthday. Born in Wilburton on March 14,
1934, to Sam and Ernestine (Funderburg) DeLoache, he graduated from
Wilburton High School in 1952, and went on to earn a bachelor of education
degree from East Central State College in Ada, followed by a master’s degree
and Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma.
He taught in the College of Education at Northeastern State University 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 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. He was also a member of the Tahlequah committee, which founded “Indian Nations Soccer Club’ in 1978-’79, and led the club as president from 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; was 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 DeLoache (son Jason); and sister Frances DeLoache Erwin (husband Bill) both of Sapulpa; and sister-in-law, Betty Gibson DeLoache of Brentwood, Calif.; 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) DeLoache.
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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