Henry "Hank" Coe served District 18 for over 30 years. He passed away on Jan. 20, 2021. He was 74. Photo: Wyoming State Legislature

WYOMING — Longtime Wyoming state Senator, Henry “Hank” Coe of Cody, died at home yesterday, Jan. 21, 2021, after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 74.

Coe represented district 18, Park County, from 1989 until his retirement in 2020. Coe held many leadership roles in the legislature, he was the Senate Vice President from 1997-1998, the Senate Majority Floor Leader from 1999-2000, and President of the Senate from 2001-2002. He was a chairman of the Senate Education Committee from 2003-2020.

Coe was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer has his eighth term was coming to a close in 2020. Park County Commissioners honored Coe’s service to the community, signing a resolution, declaring April 29, his 75th birthday, “Hank Coe Day.” According to the Powell Tribune, Coe was not well enough to attend the meeting but was able to watch it virtually on Tuesday, Jan 19.

Senator John Barrasso shared a tweet following the announcement of Coe’s passing, he said, “Hank had a calling to serve. He took that calling and ran with it. His life’s work has made a difference in the lives of the people in Park County and in every corner of Wyoming.”


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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.