Died in 2013

Stanton W. Stan Sutphen, 78, of Easton, died Saturday, February 16, 2013 in Phoebe Home, Allentown. Born: June 30, 1934 in Easton, he was a son of the late F. Sherman and Edith (Godley) Sutphen. Personal: Stan was the basketball coach and an English and journalism teacher at Easton Area High School for over 30 years until retiring. He also was a manager at Eddyside Beach, where he organized the basketball league. He graduated cum laude from Wyoming Seminary, received his Bachelor's degree from Lafayette College and his Master's degree from Lehigh University. He served in the Army and was named the Teacher of the Year in 1991 by the Easton Schoolmen's Association. Memberships: Stan was a past-president of the Easton Jaycees, a director of the Easton P.A.L, a vice-president of the Easton Citizen's Advisory Committee, a board member of Nor-Car Federal Credit Union and a member of the YR Club. Survivors: A son, Greg S. Sutphen of Allentown; a daughter, Tricia R. Dougherty and her husband, Rusty of Nazareth, and three grandchildren, Laura Sutphen and Billy and Megan Dougherty. His sister, Emily Guignet died earlier. Services: Services will be announced by the Ashton Funeral Home, Easton. Memorials: Varsity E Club, 2807 Appian Way, Easton, Pa 18040

Stan Sutphen, who coached Easton Area High School basketball for more than 20 years including an unforgettable run to the state finals, died this morning at the Phoebe Home in Allentown, a former player said.

Jim Hutnik, who coaches the Easton team now and played under Sutphen in the early 1970s, said Sutphen had been in frail health and battled pneumonia the last week at St. Luke's Hospital in Allentown.

Sutphen was a longtime teacher in Easton whose run to the state basketball playoffs in 1971-72 is still remembered. That team fell short of the title but finished third in Pennsylvania.

It and Sutphen were recognized in January 2012 with a 40th anniversary celebration at Easton Area Middle School.

"We had our best years with Stan and he's remained close to me and my family," Hutnik, a point guard on the 1971-72 team, said today. "He'll never be Stan. He'll always be 'Coach.'"

Kerry Myers, a former player who served on the Easton Area School Board, credited Sutphen with opening the door to minorities for Easton basketball when Sutphen took over in 1969-70.

"Stan has been a very important part of my life," Myers said at last year's anniversary. "Without him I wouldn't be where I am today. He opened the door for African-Americans to start playing. When Stan took over color wasn't a barrier anymore."