DeForest, Franklin J. 'Duke' (Unknown - July, 1971)

F.J. (Duke) DeForest

Unknown - July, 1971

F.J. (Duke) DeForest, former Douglas resident and prominent Wyoming citizen, was laid to rest in Douglas Park Cemetery Tuesday, July 8, following services in Cheyenne.

DeForest, 67, who had retired last January due to ill health had served as deputy state treasurer-a post he had held in two administrations.

Tributes to DeForest have been many. State Treasurer Minnie Mitchell lauded him as a man who did "so much for the state of Wyoming, and was a great friend to all people." Cheyenne newspaper man, Jim Flinchum spoke of DeForest as "a great athlete, a great gentleman."

A native of Laramie, he attended Laramie High School where he excelled in sports. He was halfback on the Wyoming University football team in 1925-26, setting a school and conference record with a 103-yard record that has never been surpassed.

He received both his BA and MA degrees from the University of Wyoming and later did graduate study at Rutgers.

DeForest was employed six years with Wyoming Timber Company, and served as public school administrator at Saratoga, Hanna, Midwest and Douglas for a total of 26 years. The DeForests' resided in Douglas from 1955 until 1958.

He was a resident of Cheyenne for 13 years and was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Saratoga Lodge No. 14 A.F. & A.M., Wyoming Consistory No. 1 Korein Shrine Temple and was a past grand master of the Wyoming Masonic Lodge.

DeForest is survived by his wife, Ruth, and one son, Robert Duke DeForest of Salt Lake City. One daughter, Julia, preceded him in death.

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