- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

POWELL, Wyo. (AP) - One of Wyoming’s top high school football coaches is being remembered in Powell as someone who could bring a smile to anyone’s face, even under the toughest of circumstances.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1mLeeN1 ) more than 2,000 friends and family members gathered Thursday morning at Panther Stadium for a memorial service for Jim Stringer, who died Friday.

Stringer led the Powell Panthers to four state 3A titles, most recently last fall when Powell beat Douglas in overtime. He was named Wyoming’s 3A coach of the year both in 2011 and 2013. More than 80 past and present Powell football players attended the memorial.

The Powell Tribune (http://bit.ly/1mEtCe8 ) reports that the tall, burly coach was beloved for his open and friendly nature and the personal attention he gave students.

He is survived by his wife, Jill, and their three children.

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