The Obit For Dean Boger

Dean Michael Boger
March 23, 1952 - July 7, 2009

Published in The Sun News on 7/12/2009

COTUIT, Mass. | Dean Michael Boger, 57, of Cotuit, Mass. and Myrtle Beach, passed away Tuesday, July 7, 2009 with his loving family by his side after a valiant battle with prostate cancer.

Born March 23, 1952 in Amarillo, Texas, Dean would forever be true to his Texas heritage. He graduated from Falls Church High School in 1970, and went on to graduate from High Point College, N.C., in 1974, where he was a member of the Pi Kappa Alfa fraternity. He continued his education and obtained his Master's from Westfield State in 1979.

Dean arrived in Cotuit in his Dodge Pioneer to play for the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod Baseball League in 1973. That is where he met is beautiful ''bride'' of 36 years, Patricia Heher. After a great year on the Kettleers, Dean was signed by the Oakland A's in 1974. He played ball for them for one year, until he and his wife decided to settle down and start a family.

Dean was an icon at Barnstable High School in Hyannis, where he taught science from 1975 until 1995, when he became Dean of Students until 2009. During that time he coached football and basketball, and coached baseball for 20 years, leading his team to the 1988 State Finals. ''Coach Boger'' was honored by many of his players and their families during his baseball retirement ceremony, being remembered as one of the best coaches Barnstable had ever seen.

Dean loved to golf, go sailing, and walk the beach with his beloved dogs. These things showed the true nature of this wonderful man, who saw the good and beauty in the simple things in life. Cotuit Highground Golf Club will not be the same without Dean's left handed swing, kind smile, and sharp wit. That is where, in 2007, Dean accomplished the amazing feat of a hole-in-one on the par 4-third hole, 50 years after the only other hole-in-one on that hole.

Gathering with family and friends at the end of a great day of sailing, or a day spent on the golf course, Dean, with Patti by his side, would raise a glass of his special French wine and toast to friendship and togetherness. That was the true essence of Dean Boger. At the end of his time here on earth, Dean held on to watch his youngest daughter graduate from high school, to hear of his son's engagement to be married, and to walk his oldest daughter down the aisle on her wedding day. The strength and the will of a loving father cannot be denied.

In addition to his beloved wife, Patricia Heher Boger, Dean is survived by his three beloved children, Brittany Boger Ramos and her husband, Rich, of Myrtle Beach, Sampson Boger and his fiancee, Moniquica Franklin of Cotuit, Mass., and Corey Angela Boger of Cotuit, Mass.; and by Matt and Laura Belanger, who adopted Dean and Patti as their honorary parents. He is also survived by his parents, Roy and Renee Boger; and his brother, Bruce Boger, of Gaithersburg, Md.; and many nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his brother, Jack Boger.

Graveside services will be held noon Tueday, July 14, 2009 at Mosswood Cemetery, Cotuit. Visiting hours are from 4 until 8 p.m. Monday, July 13, 2009 at the John Lawrence Funeral Home, Route 28, Marstons Mills.

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In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dean Boger Scholarship Fund, B.H.S., 744 West Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601.