Feb. 10, 2012
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech University held a public memorial service Friday evening to celebrate the life and honor the memory of recently deceased running back Tyrone Duplessis.
Duplessis, 21, was in his third year at Louisiana Tech. He passed away last Thursday, Feb. 2. Approximately 1,000 members of the Louisiana Tech and Ruston community attended the service, including fellow students, student-athletes, fans and alumni.
Speakers at the memorial service included defensive end Kendrick James, running backs coach Pierre Ingram, head coach Sonny Dykes and Louisiana Tech President Dr. Dan Reneau. Greater Realness Church pastor Don Banks (father of Tech receiver D.J. Banks) spoke near the end, offering words of comfort to the gathering.
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.
The funeral will be held Saturday, Feb. 11 at L.B. Landry High School Auditoriam in New Orleans with the visitation to begin at 9 a.m. and service set to begin at 11 a.m.
A native of New Orleans, Duplessis ran the ball seven times this season with a long rush of seven yards as he sought to come back from a knee injury that sidelined him during the 2010 season. Six of those carries came in the regular season finale against New Mexico State as Louisiana Tech clinched a WAC title with a 44-0 win.
He played in nine games during his freshman season (2009), running the ball 70 times for 277 yards and returning four kickoffs a total of 88 yards. He ran for a career-high 75 yards on 14 carries in a nationally-televised game against Hawaii while running the ball 17 times for 65 yards on Nov. 14 at No. 7 LSU, helping Louisiana Tech hold a 13-10 lead at halftime.
He is survived by his parents, George and Mary, and two siblings, George III and Levoneshia Dixon.