Green River Star -

Daniel Michael LaRose


April 25, 2019

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Daniel Michael LaRose

Daniel Michael LaRose, 49, passed away April 19, 2019, after a week-long battle with an aggressive form of lymphoma.

Dan graduated from Bellevue West High School, Bellevue, Neb., attended Hastings College in Hastings, Neb., before transferring to Peru State College in Peru, Neb., earning a bachelor of science degree. He later earned a masters degree in education administration from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.

Dan loved all sports, but basketball was his favorite. He was an avid basketball player and inducted into the Peru State Basketball Hall in 2007. His love of basketball lead him into coaching high school basketball for the Burlington Huskies in  Burlington, where he lead the team to the state championship in the 2005-2006 season. His dedication to basketball resulted in the Wyoming Coaches Association awarding him with "Coach of the Year " in 2005-06. 

Dan married his precious wife, Danel Renee LaRose, Oct. 24, 1998, for time and all eternity in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Manti Temple in Manti, Utah. They lived in Omaha, Neb., Cody, Green River, and Winnemucca, Nev., traveling to each place as Dan advanced in his career in elementary education. He taught in Plattsmouth, Neb., then Burlington, where he was both teacher and a basketball coach. He later became a teacher in Cody, which became a haven for him as he loved the students and staff, the rugged mountains and trails, rifle and bow hunting deer and elk, and every aspect of abundant wildlife. There he lovingly served the people in the community he treasured. He then traveled to Green River, where he was both a school administrator and a boys basketball coach. He taught in Rock Springs for a year, then went to Winnemucca, Nev., to be the vice principal at Sonoma Height's Elementary School and later French Ford Middle School, where he was also the principal of Orovada School K-8, a remote 32-student rural school.

He is survived by wife Danel Renee LaRose, children Jayden Elizabeth LaRose, Dillon Jayman Michael LaRose, Emma Georgina LaRose, Greyson Daniel LaRose, all of Winnemucca, Nev .; his parents Daniel and Susan LaRose of Council Bluffs, Iowa and Gitta and Bill Malkin of Australia; siblings Ken LaRose (Dan Miller), Omaha, Neb .; Randy LaRose (Jenna), New Haven, Conn .; Anthony (Staci), Abu Dhabi, UAE; brother Jason Malkin (Jacqui), sisters Monique Allen (AJ) and Michelle Mallitt (Justin), all of Australia. In-laws Georgina and Kurt Hopkin, Cody; Daniel and Cindy Heidelberg, Omaha, Neb.;  sister-in-law Cherish Yenzer (Drew), and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by father-in-law Ronald A Draur, with whom he shared a special bond, and grandparents and aunts and uncles.

Visitation took place in Green River Wednesday. Funeral services take place Thursday at 11 a.m., at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 120 Shoshone Ave., Green River. Graveside Services will be Friday at 11 a.m., at Riverside Cemetery, 1721 Gulch St., Cody.

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