Services pending for educator, community leader Jerome Etchegoyhen Sr. |

Services pending for educator, community leader Jerome Etchegoyhen Sr.

Jerome Etchegoyhen Sr. on the day of his retirement celebration from the Minden Gardnerville Sanitation District in 2010.
Shannon Litz | R-C file photo

Douglas County educator and community leader Jerome Etchegoyhen Sr. died Aug. 15.

A Minden resident, Etchegoyhen came to Douglas County in 1961 from Humboldt County to serve as principal at Douglas County High School.

He served in that role for 15 years, guiding the construction of the new high school in Minden, and watching the student population grow from 155 students to 900.

He retired from the school district after 31 years as an educator on June 10, 1983.

He graduated from what was then Humboldt County High School in 1946, and after serving a term in the U.S. Navy, graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, where he lettered in track three of his four years.

He married wife Sharon in 1951, and graduated in 1952.

He returned to Humboldt County where he taught math and was assistant coach for the football, track and basketball teams. He was athletic director, vice principal and head basketball coach, where he coached the team to consecutive state championships.

He was inducted into the Winnemucca Hall of Fame in 2000.

He earned his master’s degree from UNR before he took the job as principal at Douglas High.

After retiring from the school district, he obtained his real estate broker’s license and operated Douglas Properties, which was later sold to Marsha Tomerlin’s Coldwell Banker ITILDO.

Etchegoyhen also served on the Minden-Gardnerville Sanitation District board, including as chairman, until term limits required he give it up in 2010.