Daryl Paul Boots was born in Redfield, S.D. May 3, 1944 to Paul & Louise Boots.  Daryl graduated from Redfield High school in 1962 where he was involved in music and sports, mainly wrestling and track.  He graduated from Nettleton Commercial College in Sioux Falls SD in 1963 and worked as General Bookkeeper for Robertson Auto in Brookings, S.D.  A year later on September 5, 1964, he married his childhood sweetheart, Sandy Ferguson, and promptly enrolled at Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D. a few days after getting married.  He graduated from Northern State University with a teaching and coaching degree in 1968 and was on the varsity wrestling team all 4 years. 

After college graduation he taught business and coached wrestling and track for 6 years at Stanley County HS in Ft. Pierre, S.D.  He was awarded the Outstanding Young Educator award for 1970-1971 in Stanley, Hughes and Sully counties.  In August of 1974, he moved the family to West Point, NE where he taught business and coached wrestling and helped with various other sports until his retirement in 2006.  After retiring from teaching he helped coach golf at the Guardian Angels-Central Catholic High School in West Point for 11 years.

Growing up, Daryl was an active hunter and fisherman and loved the outdoors.  The sport of  wrestling was his lifelong passion, but he also enjoyed camping and enjoying outdoor activities with family and friends such as boating, water skiing,  canoeing, bicycling, motorcycling, snow skiing, ATVing and golfing.  He also loved music and sang with the Cuming Choraliers for over 30 years.  Daryl will be inducted into the Nebraska Scholastic Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame on June 7th for his 60 years of participation, coaching, and support of wrestling.

Daryl was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church serving as Luther League Sponsor, served on the council, helped with the Marksman program, sang in choir and read lessons at church services. He had been a member of West Point JayCees.

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