Feb. 3, 2012
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech has announced that a memorial fund has been set up and a public memorial service scheduled for Friday, Feb. 10 in honor of recently deceased running back Tyrone Duplessis.
The Bulldog running back passed away early Thursday morning at the age of 21.
A public memorial service has been scheduled for Friday, Feb. 10 at 5 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center on the Louisiana Tech campus for family, friends, teammates, fellow students, fans and alumni to honor his memory. Funeral arrangements are still pending.
Louisiana Tech University has established a Tyrone Duplessis Memorial Fund. The University and Athletics Department, along with the family, asks that in lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Tyrone may be made to the Tyrone Duplessis Memorial Fund at the Louisiana Tech University Foundation, Inc. This is a tax deductible gift and can be made payable to the Louisiana Tech University Foundation, Inc. (memo: the Tyrone DuplessisMemorial Fund) and mailed to P.O. Box 1190, Ruston, LA 71273-1190. Gifts to the fund may also be made online at www.latechalumni.org. For more information or questions, or to make a gift by phone, please call Jennifer Riley at (318)255-7950 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the Louisiana Tech women's basketball game against Fresno State on Feb. 4, Pi Kappa Alpha - in conjunction with the school's InterFraternity Council (IFC) - will be selling Tech 22 buttons ($3) and stickers ($1) with all proceeds going to the Tyrone Duplesssis Memorial Fund.
"He loved to play football," Louisiana Tech head football coach Sonny Dykessaid of Duplessis. "That's the thing that stands out about him. It was obvious that his family was very supportive of his football career and the time he spent playing. He had a tremendous passion for the game. He was one of those players that loved to be out there with his teammates and people enjoyed being around him. He had a very outgoing personality and had a unique way of dealing with people that was fun. He really loved to play and gained a lot of happiness from being out there with his teammates and being a part of a team. He made a comment about being excited to get his WAC Championship ring and couldn't wait to wear it."
The funeral will be held at the L.B. Landry High School Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 11. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. with the service beginning at 11 a.m.
He is survived by his parents, George and Mary, and two siblings, George III and Levoneshia Dixon.