2002 – John C. Cole

Mr. Cole is well known for almost 50 years of service to Cheyenne Frontier Days, but his dedication to community service doesn’t stop there. The former Wyoming Department of Transportation official has donated his time, efforts and voice to many activities. In the 1950s, Mr. Cole started driving carriages in the Frontier Days parade. He went on to serve on many rodeo committees and for more than 26 years, he has announced morning events. His voice can also be heard at 4-H, FFA and Laramie County Fair events. He has also been active in youth baseball leagues and has served on the Laramie County Community College board of directors. As president of the Jaycees, Mr. Cole oversaw the project to reclaim the swampland of Lake Minnehaha, creating the area where the “Big Boy” locomotive is now located. He is also known for his 32 years of service in the Kiwanis Club. “You’ve got to be active if you want to see things done in the community,” he said.