Friends and colleagues of long-time educator Larry Hurst of Sheridan remember him as a compassionate, extroverted, honorable person, and a good listener.
Dirlene Wheeler, who just retired as principal at Sheridan High School, described the man who was killed over the weekend in a crash as a very caring person, and extremely smart. She said she and Hurst were friends as well as colleagues. The principal described him as a team player, and said he had big plans for his retirement.
Government teacher Tyson Emborg credited Hurst for his own career.
The 65-year-old was killed Saturday while he and his wife, Sara, were bicycling on Coffeen Avenue. She was struck by the same vehicle and remains in critical condition at a hospital in Billings. Hurst had retired as assistant principal at the high school a year ago after nine years there. Before that, he was principal of the junior high school for six years, transferring to the high school after the school district closed Central Middle School. Art teacher Bob Hanchett said Hurst was on the committee that hired him, and coached with him for two years. Hurst took the art teacher under his wing after the teacher's mother died.
High School teacher Art Baures said the former assistant principal also coached football and track – and was himself a national champion football player and track athlete. Hurst came to Sheridan from Mid-Del City School District as an administrator after a hiatus from education during which he attended law school in Oklahoma City. From there he was assistant attorney general for the state of Oklahoma and worked in two law firms, including one that he owned, before returning to education.