An outstanding Chadron State College athlete from the late 1960s, Dean Palser, died last Wednesday evening at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney after a short bout with pancreatic cancer. He was 62.
A native of Scottsbluff, Palser was a standout in both football and baseball at Chadron State. He played tight end on the Eagles’ football team that went 8-1 his senior season in 1968, when he caught 35 passes and was named to the NAIA District 11 all-star team. He had 107 career receptions, the most in Chadron State history at that time.
He also was an all-conference first baseman for the CSC baseball team and was inducted into the CSC Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988.
After graduating from CSC, Palser taught and coached at Lusk, Mitchell and Bayard and worked in private business briefly before joining the faculty at Scottsbluff High School, where he had graduated in 1965. During his tenure there, he was an assistant football coach before serving as the head coach for approximately five years in the 1980s, coached the throwers on the track and field team for a number of years and was the boys’ golf coach his final 10 years at the school.
Palser also was recognized as an outstanding basketball referee. He refereed at the state tournaments at least 11 years and called a championship game several times, including the boys’ Class A finals in 1987. His officiating partner seven times at the state tournament was his lifelong friend, Rod Ehler, also a Scottsbluff High and Chadron State graduate.
Story courtesy of Chadron State Athletics.