Richard George "Dick" Felt

  • Born: March 4, 1933
  • Died: November 17, 2012
  • Location: Provo, Utah

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Dick Felt

Richard George (Dick) Felt, 79, passed away suddenly on Saturday, November 17, 2012, from natural causes.

Our dear father and grandfather was born in Lehi, Utah, on March 4, 1933, to Charles Ray and Melba Fox Felt. At a young age he discovered his athletic talents, and went on to letter in five different sports at Lehi High School with top honors. He attended Brigham Young University where he was a three-year letterman playing football. He scored a record four touchdowns in the fourth quarter against San Jose State in his sophomore year and was an NCAA All-Conference player.

Dick served an LDS mission to the Eastern States. He returned to BYU to get his degree in Business and Marketing, and later obtained a master's degree in Physical Education where he was the valedictorian of his class. He served as a First Lieutenant in the Air Force stationed at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington D.C. While there, he was in the Honor Guard at Arlington Cemetery and played football for their service team. Dick and Dayleen Hobson met at BYU and were sealed for eternity in the Salt Lake Temple on April 20, 1960, and became the proud parents of Karen, Curtis, Kristie, and Nancy. He and Dayleen were married nearly 49 years before she passed away in 2009.

Dick was drafted by the New York Titans of the American Football League in 1960. He played there for two years and then for the next five years with the Boston Patriots. He was selected to the All-Pro team in 1961 and 1962, and played in the first two AFL Pro-Bowl games.

Dick was hired as an assistant football coach in 1967 by BYU Head Coach Tom Hudspeth. He worked alongside Defensive Coordinator LaVell Edwards. When LaVell was named Head Coach in 1972, Dick became the Defensive Coordinator and Secondary coach, and later the Assistant Head Coach. Dick's coaching talent contributed to a highly successful record for BYU football, including a national championship in 1984. He was involved with athletic administration for the last 5 years of his BYU career, where he helped organize the BYU Varsity Club. He was inducted into the BYU Cougar Hall of Fame, Utah Sports Hall of Fame, and was honored by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Utah Chapter for his Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football. Dick felt privileged to have worked with LaVell and so many great coaches and outstanding players during his 27 years of coaching at BYU, and he greatly valued the personal relationships that he built with his players. Dick retired from BYU in 1998.

While Dick achieved great success on the football field, at heart he was a humble man who never sought recognition for his accomplishments; to his children he was "just Dad". He was known as a great teacher, and players often expressed how much they loved Coach Felt.

Dick was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in numerous callings, including teacher, temple worker, and Bishop of a BYU Singles Ward and also at the MTC. He cherished his MTC experience which increased his deep, abiding testimony of the gospel.

Dick is survived by his daughter Karen (Steve) Rider, son Curtis (RoseAnn) Felt, daughter Kristie (Tom) Jolley, and daughter Nancy (Aaron) Osmond; sister Renie Kopinsky, brother Russ (Rita) Felt; and 16 grandchildren and 3 step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his dear wife, Dayleen, and his loving parents. Our family is very grateful for the Matthew & Lynette Brogdon family for their loving care and friendship they developed with Dick.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 24, 2012, at the Edgemont 4th Ward, 4056 N. Timpview Dr., Provo, at 11am, with a viewing prior to the funeral from 9:30-10:30am. An additional viewing will be held at the Walker-Sanderson Funeral Home, 646 E. 800 N., Orem, on Friday, November 23, 2012, from 6-8:00pm. Interment will be at East Lawn Memorial Hills, Provo. Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Karen, Curtis, Kristie, and Nancy,
Sorry to hear of the passing of your father. When I was writing the Felt history, I talked with your Dad and Mom several times and enjoyed visiting with them. They were great to share information and photos of your family.
Give our best to Renie and Russ. I will call Russ.

Ron Bateman on behalf of the Ibapah Bateman family

P.S. Our mother Phyllis is 91 and still lives on the old Felt ranch in Ibapah. I remember your grandfather Charles and great grandfather George very well.

Posted by Ronald R. Bateman - South Jordan, UT - cousin   November 26, 2012


Karen, Curtis, Kristie, Nancy,
So sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. I will always remember and be thankful for the warmth and hospitality of your parents when I was first down in Provo going to BYU. I remember always being proud to tell people that I was related to Dick Felt. I'm sorry I can't make it to the funeral, but know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care.
Bryan Hobson

Posted by Bryan Hobson - Twin Falls, ID   November 25, 2012

Dear Felt family,

I have only known Dick for a short time, having relocated to Provo just a few years ago. I was never able to know Dick as a football coach but it has been my privilege to be his Gospel Doctrine Sunday School teacher for the past several months. I have fond memories of getting to know Dick over this time. As a member of the class, he told me he only had one complaint. He said the chairs in the Relief Society room were too close together. So I would always prepare for Dick by taking one chair up on the back row and giving him a seat with some extra space. He enjoyed that. I quickly learned Dick was a man with broad shoulders but an even bigger heart.

Dick would often let me know when he thought I taught a good lesson. I remember one lesson in particular, when I taught about the Place of Mormon in talked about in Mosiah 18. I taught how each of us can experience our own place of Mormon when we enjoy the fellowship of a covenant people, who have become the children of Christ, who mourn with those who mourn and comfort those in need of comfort. Dick gave me one of his big thumbs up at the end of that lesson. I miss being able to spend time with Dick, but I know he is now in his "Place of Mormon" and that he is happy surrounded his loved ones.

Tony King
Edgemont 4th Ward

Posted by Tony King - Provo, UT - Fellow Edgemont 4th Ward Member   November 24, 2012

To the Dick Felt Family: When they write the book about "True Gentlemen in Sports," the name Dick Felt will be a featured personality. I had the distinct honor of covering BYU football in the late 1970s and early 1980s for The Salt Lake Tribune and during that time, Coach Felt was ALWAYS available to talk about "his kids" in the defensive secondary. Dick was the real deal...courteous, humble and forthright, win or lose and the Cougars didn't lose many in his tenure. Dick was an annual attendee of the Utah Sports Hall of Fame Induction ceremony in Salt Lake City, having been inducted himself in 1986. He will be missed by the entire BYU family. And he will be missed by the entire state of Utah and the football community nationwide. I know I will miss his gentle spirit.

Posted by Dick Rosetta - Midvale, UT - Friend   November 24, 2012

I worked in the Athletic Department during Dick's tenure at BYU and have admired him and the way he coached and dealt with the athletes that he was responsible for. He set a great example of what is expected of Coaches and Athletes at BYU. I express my deepest sympathy to his family members and pray the Lord's blessings be with you at this special time as you celebrate Dick's life.

Posted by Bob Noel - OREM, UT - Friend   November 24, 2012

My sympathy to the family. Russ, sorry to see the loss of your brother. I am on mission in Nigeria and saw the obituary. I hope for your peace and blessing as you struggle through this time. I understand now how you got those great tickets to BYU/Hawaii years ago.

Brent Winget
Air National Guard

Posted by Brent Winget - Nigeria - friend of Russ   November 23, 2012


I am so sorry to read off your fathers passing,

Because of work problems ,I will not be able to attend either the viewing or funeral service.

I remember your singing voice and the great person that you are.

I remember seeing your dad walking in the mall many times aan thought about you.

With warmest regards,

Rick Peirce[bishop]

Posted by Rick Peirce - Orem, UT   November 22, 2012

As a young high school football coach during the 1980's, Coach Felt had a huge impact early in my coaching career. He had tremendous knowledge
of defensive secondary schemes and was always happy to share his knowledge. Nearly every drill and technique that I taught my players while coaching at Granger and Hunter High I learned from Coach Felt. He was such a gentleman and a great example. He will be sorely missed. Best wishes to the Felt family. Mike Fraser, Granite School District

Posted by Mike Fraser - Taylorsville, UT - Friend   November 22, 2012

Dear Felt Family,

Thank you for sharing your Father, Grandfather, Uncle, or Brother and your Grandmother . I had the privilege of Playing for Coach Felt from 1987-1988. He taught me a great deal about being a good teammate and friend. He was always full of humor teasing the players from American fork like Chad Robinson about how he use to steal all the pretty girls because the real men came from Lehi. It was during my Diagnosis with Cancer that I came to know the true worth of Coach Felt. I saw the gospel in his countenance and true discipleship as we talked about the cancer and my treatments. He allowed me the opportunity to coach from the sidelines when I was going through radiation. Even though I couldn't play I attended all the meeting because that's what teammates did. He was always concerned about me and my family and his wife would call my wife to check in on her. There are but a few people that come along in one's life that make a lasting impression upon your for good. Coach Felt was one of those people. Till we meet again Coach God speed and keep the Bench warm for the BYU vs Ute football in Heaven remember there is no Red in Heaven...

Kirk Davis BYU DB 1987-88

Posted by Kirk Davis BYU DB 87-88 - Maple Valley, WA - Player for Coach felt   November 22, 2012

Dear Karen, Curtis, Kristie and Nancy: My sincere best wishes to each of you. I will always remember growing up along with you in the extended family of BYU football and your dad was such a big part of that era. And throughout his life, he always showed in other people, making them feel important. That's a geat legacy and a lasting example to me.

Posted by Kurt Kragthorpe - Salt Lake City, UT   November 21, 2012

I haven't seen Dick since way back about 1963 when we were both working at Sperry Univac. I really enjoyed knowing him. He was kind and friendly and a great athlete. I admired those things about him. I'm really sorry to see of his passing as well as not having stayed in touch the past years. My condolences to the family. Bob Babalis

Posted by Bob Babalis - Salt Lake City, UT - friend   November 21, 2012



Posted by Oscar Lofotn - Hammond, LA - Teammate @ Boston Patriots 1961   November 21, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of coaches loss. Me and coach had some great times at Wasatch Mountain and the Homestead on the golf course. He was a great friend. He will be missed.

Posted by Tom Bonner - Heber City, UT - Friend   November 21, 2012


Dear Felt Dad was a great man. I have known him off and on for 40 years and use to see him all the time running down at the Smith Field House. We use to run against each other some days and in his younger days he usually beat me. I saw him last almost exactly a year ago at the BYU Management Dinner for LaVelle and Patti. We talked for a few minutes and he was glad to be there for LaVelle, but I sensed he felt somewhat out of place without your Mom there....that was just my impression. I posted a longer memory of Coach Felt on my Facebook Page.....just add me....Bill Freeze and you can read is the link...if you are on FB, you can probably bring it up with the picture of us together. God bless in this time of morning and transition...

Bill & Linda Freeze and Family

Posted by Bill Freeze - Highland, UT - Friend   November 21, 2012

Felt family: I am very sorry to hear of the passing of your father and grandfather. I wanted you to know that I spent 4 years of my life with Coach Felt at BYU as a defensive back. I know I tested his patience several times as a player, but I am greatful for the things he taught me regarding football and how to be a better player. He truly was a great teacher and a humble man. Your family has been in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Troy Fuller - Jacksonville, FL   November 21, 2012

We were blessed to have associated with this remarkable man while in school in Washington DC and for our crossing paths on and off over the years. Loved those times as he was always the gracious and much respected player, coach, husband, father and grandfather.

Posted by Dave & Jan Peterson - Orem, UT - Friends   November 21, 2012

To the dear family and friends of Coach Felt. Please accept our heart felt sorrow for the passing of this incredible man and coach. He is a favorite of everyone and will be greatly missed by us all. May you all have his spirit with you until we all meet again. Our sincere love and best wishes. Bobby and Kay Roberts

Posted by Bobby Roberts - West Jordan, UT - BYU Football Player - Class 1968   November 21, 2012

Coach you will be missed, I always appreciated your kindness and lessons you taught us in your gentlemen like way. I will always remember putting you thru the paces after your heart attack while you attended cardiac rehab, and sitting with you in your home during the Miami game to see that you didn't have another event. It was a role reversal we both laughed about. Thanks for helping so many of us out and caring about all of us and our families. So glad we were able to honor you this past year it was a great celebration of you and your life, and gave us all great memories to cherish.
God bless you and your family.

Posted by Bobby Salazar - Midway, UT - Former pplayer   November 21, 2012