March 29, 2010 - 9:03 pm
George Perry, Cheyenne’s first head football coach in school history, died Sunday night in a car crash in Cajon Pass, Calif. He was 58 years old.
His wife, Clara, 59, also was killed in the crash.
George Perry opened Cheyenne’s program in 1991 and coached there until 1999. He guided the Desert Shields to the 1995 Class 3A state championship game, where they suffered their only loss of the season to Wooster.
The Garey High School (Pomona, Calif.) athletic director is a member of the Southern Nevada Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
“He was a very generous man and a very knowledgeable football coach,” said Legacy coach David Snyder, who served as a defensive backs coach under Perry in the 1990s. “He was a good man, and a mentor for the kids.”
Witnesses said the Perrys were in a 2001 Ford Explorer heading south on Interstate 15 in the fast lane when the vehicle veered across lanes and flipped multiple times, according to the Inland Valley (Calif.) Daily Bulletin.