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What’s Behind SJ-O Football Coach Dick Duval’s Cause of Death?


Longtime St. Joseph-Ogden football coach Dick Duval’s cause of death has been revealed after he passed away on Thursday morning (September 17, 2022) at the age of 64. May he rest in peace.

The heartbreaking news has been confirmed by SJ-O superintendent Brian Brooks who announced the legend’s passing to The News-Gazette on Thursday afternoon.

Duval lost his life about six days after the Hall of Fame coach was introduced last Friday night in a touching ceremony at the Spartans’ Glenn Fisher Athletic Complex. It followed with many the well-wishers turning out to see Duval, flanked by his family, as SJ-O’s football field formally was titled Dick Duval Field.

 St. Joseph-Ogden football coach Dick Duval's cause of death has been revealed

Many gathered at the newly named Dick Duval Field last Friday to honor the great coach. Late Duval, originally from Herscher, came to SJO in 1988 as a young coach seeming to begin leading a program. The next season, he led the Spartans to the state title game, one of five plays in the championships.

He discovered last March the field he coached on for above a quarter-century would bear his name. It was a long journey since then, as Duval battled pancreatic cancer, although his family maintains the moment the tarp came off the scoreboard is a moment they’ll cherish forever.

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Illness Becomes Dick Duval’s Cause of Death

Dick Duval’s cause of death has been clarified as his longtime illness; sources announced he died following an extended battle with pancreatic cancer.

Some claimed he passed away due to COVID-19. However, US day News can not confirm any rumors. Our team is searching to find more related information and provide the latest updates as soon as possible. Stay with us.

Nevertheless, family privacy should be respected at this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the death of Dick Duval.

Duval coached the Spartans for nearly 3 decades, going 251-75 in that time. He was awarded five state runner-up trophies and never lost a record in approximately 28 years as a head coach.

“When his grandkids come out here, they’ll always see that and think it’s PawPaw’s field,” Kiel Duval opened up last Friday, adding “That’ll be a cool experience for them, and it’ll definitely be cool for us seeing that.”

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Dick Duval was the school’s most-winner football coach, dating back to the 1963 union between St. Joseph and Ogden high schools. Duval led the Spartans to 28 winning seasons in as several years, including a 251-75 record, 26 postseason berths, and five state runner-up finishes.

Reactions to Death of Dick Duval

Celebrities’ death news always breaks many hearts, but fans kindly remember memories, and their idols are alive in their hearts even after death.

Quickly after the tragic news was confirmed, many of Duval’s friends and fans expressed their sadness on social media by posting their tributes:

An SJ-O Hall of Fame inductee and Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame honoree, Duval left the coaching world at the Spartans following the 2015 season. His final campaign saw the SJ-O finish 12-1, was awarded the Okaw Valley Conference, and proceed to the Class 3A state semifinals.

St. Joseph-Ogden football coach Dick Duval's cause of death has been revealed

Brooks announced programs are in the works for a memorial of Duval before Friday night’s football match between SJ-O and Monticello at Dick Duval Field.

“We will definitely have a moment of silence,” Brooks stated. “There are some people working on the possibility of painting a couple of things in his memory on the football field.”

Brooks recognized emotions possibly will be high when that game starts at 7 p.m., regarding that Duval was a part-time teacher at Monticello as well after he retired from SJ-O.

“Dick would want it no other way than to play on and go out there and play under the lights on Friday night,” Brooks continued, “but it’ll be a tough night and an exciting night at the same time.”

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