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Larry "Coach" Ireland
Larry Ray Ireland, son of Kenneth and Viola (Rames) Ireland was born February 21, 1946 in Scotland, SD. Larry grew up on the family farm, attended one-room Bon Homme County School and was a member of the United Methodist Church. In high school he was named to first team All-State honors in football and basketball. After graduating from Scotland High School in 1964, Larry was recruited to play football at Yankton College in Yankton, SD. At Yankton College he earned All-Conference honors for three years as a defensive halfback and graduated in 1968. Larry received his Master’s degree in Education from the University of South Dakota and was a graduate assistant for the 1968-69 Coyote football team. Larry married Charlene Payne in 1968 and had two children Jay and Jacki.
Larry began his teaching and coaching career in Pierre, and later taught in Gregory, Hot Springs and Mitchell, SD. His coaching highlight was when the 1974 Hot Springs Bison football team was undefeated conference champions. Larry was named SD High School Football Coach of the Year. Larry remarried Sandy Bietz in 1979 and had three children Jill, Jake and Josh. Larry continued coaching football at Augustana College and then at South Dakota State University 1981-88. While at SDSU, Larry taught Fishing Techniques a favorite elective for many Jackrabbit students. Larry returned to his farming roots joining seed companies Keltgen Seed, Mycogen and Midwest Seed Company.
Larry was an avid outdoorsman. Hunting and fishing were instrumental in Larry’s life as he made many lifelong friends out on the lake and in the field. Larry was happiest out on a hunt or with a fishing rod in his hands with family or good friends by his side. The nickname “Coach” was a source of joy for Larry and he took great pride in his coaching accomplishments. Many of his former players, teammates and coaches became lifelong friends and an important part of Larry’s life. The past few years were at times challenging for Larry with his increasing health problems. Particularly difficult for Larry was being quarantined from everything and everyone he loved. However, Larry never got down on himself and kept an ever positive attitude. And as Larry’s health problems continued to increase, so too did his unwavering love for his siblings, children and grandchildren.
Larry “Coach” Ireland, age 74, died Thursday, May 21, 2020 at Ava House in Sioux Falls, SD.
He is survived by his five children: son Jay Ireland of Phoenix, AZ; daughter Jacki Ireland of Phoenix, AZ; daughter Jill Ireland of Dell Rapids, SD; son Jacob Ireland of Spencer, IA; and son Joshua Ireland of Jackson, MN; eight grandchildren: Jack, Isabella, Aiden, Andrew (Ireland); Sophia and Idan (Jones); Pearl and Ruby (Weiland); sister Karen Orth of Loveland, CO; brother Wayne Ireland, of Sioux Falls, SD; sister Mary Mathison of Sioux Falls, SD; and sister Kathy Manning of Vermillion, SD.
He was preceded in death by his second wife Sandra Ireland and his parents.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
Sympathy and prayers for comfort to the Ireland family.
Linda Novak Wold May 28 2020 1:22 AM
Got to meet Larry through my dad (Roger Nelson). When you talked to Larry he always had things to say. He always asked how you were doing and what you been up to. We talked about Scotland and people we both knew. We then talked about football and different people we knew that played. Larry always had a good story to tell about football. He was a good guy to have around
Tom Nelson May 26 2020 11:19 PM
Wayne, Mary, Kathy and all the Ireland family, I send my most sincere condolences for the loss of Larry. I was lucky enough to play a lot of basketball, football and baseball with "LI". Not only was he a great athlete and student, he was a true lover of life. He was a close friend, great guy and will be always be remembered for that smile and wonderful personality. If we could go back in time, I know we would sure like to have that last half back in the 1964 State B Championship game! Who knows? An Old Highlander, Ron
Ron Clough May 26 2020 11:03 PM
Mary, so sorry about brother Larry. Looks like a life well lived with much accomplished. Just cut a little too short. Was hoping to see you and classmates this summer but it was not meant to be. Stay strong. Sincerely, Paul Kautz
Paul Kautz May 26 2020 2:35 PM
Your ACS team loves you, Jill. I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. You and your family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
Pam Mason May 25 2020 11:51 PM
Uncle Larry always told the best stories!!
James Orth May 25 2020 10:14 PM
I knew Larry from High School and have fond memories of our High School days at SHS. He was such a great athlete and fun to be around. One of the highlights of our High School days was when Larry was Homecoming King and crowned me Homecoming Queen. I was so glad we were able to reminisce about our High School days and to catch up on what was happening in our lives over the years since graduation at our 50th class reunion. My deepest sympathy to all the family. Praying you will be able to treasure all the memories through laughter and tears as you go on in life without Larry's presence.
Karen Herman Hess May 25 2020 9:48 PM
Kathy, I am praying for you as I know how hard it is to lose a brother. Praise the Lord we were raised in Christian families and know that we will see our brothers again. Gods blessings always for you and Larrys family. The funeral was so nice and the pastors message was excellent.
Suzanne Brown Simmonds May 25 2020 9:47 PM
God Bless you Coach.
Robin Byrne May 25 2020 8:40 PM
Dear Kathy, Callie and Family of Larry Ireland, I am so sorry for your sorrow, and am holding you all in my heart. Growing up in Scotland, Larry was my first awareness of a great basketball player. I can still see him on the basketball court. May your blessed family memories help heal the sorrow in your hearts
Jan Goodwin Ireland May 25 2020 6:18 PM