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Former AHS Coach Passes

Coach Danny Boyce


January 13, 2017

Many people around town are feeling a great loss as they hear of the death of former AHS coach Danny Boyce.

Boyce led the AHS football team to more wins than any other coach in the schoool's history. He also held the honor of being the longest tenured coach in Aztec Tiger football history.

Boyce was born June 14, 1954 in El Paso Texas, but grew up in Farmington and graduated from Farmington High School in 1972. According to his obituary, while attending FHS he participated in football and track and was the captain of the football team his senior year. He was also named to the North/South All Star football team.

He received a football scholarship to attend Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan. He graduated in 1976 with a BS degree in health, PE and recreation. That same year, he married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Linda Roberts. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Fort Hays until he received a call to return to Farmington to coach football in 1977. He also coached baseball and Wrestling there.

He found his way to Aztec in 1989, when Aztec High School invited him to become the head football and baseball coach.

Boyce ended his football coaching career at Aztec with more wins than any other coach. His 97-64 record is the most games ever won or ever coached for the Tigers. His six district titles were exceeded only by the legendary Fred Cook who had seven. He coached in two championship games, both on the losing side and both to Artesia (1993, 2003). He won eight of his 18 playoff games.

AHS Wrestling coach Herb Stinson said, "I had the privilege of being Coach Boyce's Defensive Coordinator from 1989 until I retired in 2000. Coach Boyce gave me what I needed to be successful and together we were in the playoff every year except the first. After I had announced my retirement, he asked if I would coach with him in the 2000 North/South game which was extremely memorable. It was a fantastic week of football." Stinson added, "He was a coach's coach, may he rest in peace and watch over his family and football!"

After retiring from AHS, Boyce moved to Las Vegas to teach and coach at Desert Pines and Las Vegas High School retiring again in 2014.

Boyce passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, in Las Vegas, On Jan. 1. He leaves behind his wife of 40 years, Linda; son, Hayden and his wife, Candy; brothers, Johnny Boyce and Tommy Boyce and wife Tonya; numerous nieces and nephews; and his special companion, his Landseer Newfoundland, Mikey.

A celebration of his life will be 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Sierra Gold Tavern 6515 S. Jones Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89118


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