I have 2 dads — both Hall of Fame inductees by Phil Riske|Senior Reporter/Writer

By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer

On this Father’s Day, I again won’t get to send cards or call my fathers. They are both gone, dying a year apart. So, I celebrate by telling you about them.

  • Inducted into the Wyoming Coaches Hall of Fame 1983
  • Began his football coaching career in 1948, and he retired in 1980 for 32 years in coaching and an overall record of 86 wins, 59 losses, and 3 ties.
  • Wyoming Coaches Association Football Coach of the Year – 1971.
  • Selected as head coach for the South Team in 1976 for the Annual Shrine Bowl football game.
  • Central High Athletic Field was named after him – 1983.
  • Author of two history books:“ Those Magnificent Cowgirls” & “Cheyenne Frontier Days: A marker from which to reckon all events.
  • Died 1983.
  • Raymond A. Johnson, one of Wyoming’s early commercial pilots, was named the 2013 inductee into the Wyoming Aviation Hall of Fame.
  • In addition to flying for commercial airlines, Johnson’s aviation career included barnstorming, air racing, weather observation, flight instruction, flight testing, crop dusting, and serving as a forest fire lookout and the state’s aviation safety officer.
  • In 1960, Johnson became the Wyoming Aeronautics Commission’s safety and enforcement officer. He also served as a pilot for Governors Jack Gage and Cliff Hansen.
  • Died 1984.

I hope I’ve been a hall of fame son. 

Happy Father’s Day to all you dads.

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