Duane Cook – Founder
Mr. Cook is the founder of Platte Rivers Veterans Fly Fishing, serving in many capacities including Program Director and Trip Coordinator. Duane spent seven years with the Air Force, serving in Vietnam with the Air Force, with the 20th & 21st TAS Squadrons, and attached to the 101st Airborne Division of the U. S. Army as a Forward Radio Operator at DaLat, Ban Me Thout, Phan Rang, Camp Evans, Camp Carrol, Khe Sahn, outposts in the Ashua Valley, along the Loatian Border and at F. E. Warren AFB in Cheyenne, WY.
Duane was fortunate that his parents put a fly rod in his hands at age seven. He spent his early childhood fishing and exploring the Rocky Mountains around Leadville, Colorado near the headwaters of the Eagle and Arkansas rivers, as well as numerous small creeks, beaver ponds and some great angling opportunities in the state of Utah. Our program motto, “The Water Holds No Scars”, came early to him and the time spent near the water was one of the most calming and centering influences in his life. He loved sharing that joy with his son and daughter, their families and our participants.
Duane was a retired school teacher and championship basketball coach. Duane and his wife Debbie were married in 1972 and raised their family in Cheyenne. In addition to working with Platte Rivers Veteran Fly Fishing, Duane enjoyed any time spent in the high country, writing short stories, outdoor photography, teaching his grandchildren about the outdoors and planning the next adventure!
Dave Morse – Loveland Lead
I am an Air Force vet, having served during the Vietnam era in Biloxi, Mississippi, the Pentagon, Turkey, and at the Air Force Academy. I have been working with Platte Rivers Veterans Fly Fishing for the past 4 years as a Fort Collins/Loveland co-lead for fly tying, rod making and fishing trips. I am a retired geologist who moved to Fort Collins from Champaign, Illinois, in 2012. I have fished since I was a child, and started fly fishing back in the 1970’s, when I lived in Colorado Springs. Since then I have fly fished wherever I lived from the Rockies, to the Midwest, to Gulf Coast, to California Coast. I volunteer in Fort Collins as a Master Naturalist, leading geological hikes. I also sing in the Larimer Chorale, a large masterworks choral group that performs classical music with a symphony in Fort Collins. My interests include nature photography, skiing, choral music, and, of course, fly fishing.
Ron Escobedo – Trip Coordinator
I am a retired 36 year Postal Sevice worker. I’ve been happily married to my wife Kathy for 12 years, together we have two children each and 3 grand children. I was born and raised in Cheyenne Wyoming and have been a resident for 59 years. I was introduced to the great outdoors by my father at the age of 5, I’ve been fly fishing since the age of 18. I developed a passion for fly tying and rod building soon after. I’ve been a volunteer with PRVFF for 6 years. Along with Quartermaster/Rod Building Instuctor, I’ve served as fishing guide, casting instructor, and trip lead.
Ryan Powell – Trip Coordinator
This is my first year with Platt Rivers Veterans Fly Fishing. I currently reside in Fort Collins, CO and am employed by Poudre Valley REA where I work in powerline engineering. I was born and raised in Colorado, however my profession has afforded me the opportunity to move around a bit and experience and enjoy various areas of the county. I’ve been fortunate enough to fly fish places like Colorado, Idaho, the Gulf of Mexico and Hawaii to name a few. After leaving Colorado for 16 years I am extremely excited to be home.
I have been fishing my entire life and had a fishing pole in my hand before I could walk. I began fly fishing in my teens and have never looked back. Fishing and the outdoors are my passions and my way of life, but with all my years with a rod in my hand I know I still have much to learn. I couldn’t be happier to be spending my time and sharing my passions with such a wonderful group of people.
Steve McCoy – Greeley Lead
I have been fly fishing for nearly my entire life and found Platte Rivers a few years ago. I am an Air Force Veteran, serving during the Vietnam War in Colorado Springs, where I worked on airplanes.
Not only have I been a lucky participant in this program but I’ve also mentored on trips, and helped build fly rods. I feel honored to be afforded the opportunity to lead the Greeley operations and bring this program to a new group of veterans.
Maron Davis – Co-Laramie Lead
Maron Davis is a Wyoming native and received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wyoming. He taught biology and science in Laramie for 33 years and coached football, wrestling, and track.
Maron proudly served in the United States Marine Corp from 1958-1962. He is an avid fisherman and white water rafter. He has been a fishing guide on the upper Platte and Encampment Rivers. He has been a Healing Waters instructor for four years.
Kevin Yarbrough – Cheyenne Lead
Originally from North Carolina, I am a 22-year Air Force Veteran that served in North Dakota, Okinawa, New Mexico and retired out FE Warren AFB Cheyenne Wyoming. I began fly-fishing in the mid 1990’s after an Air Force peer introduced me to the sport.
I am employed with Laramie County Community College and work in the Disability Support Services office, working with students of all disabilities and a Sign Language Interpreter for the deaf. In addition, I work with Student Veterans and any disability they may have. I am also the Advisor for the Student Veterans of America Chapter on campus.
These experiences allow me to do what I love; serving our veterans and our communities in any way I can.
Wes Breghenti – Laramie Co-Lead
I grew up fishing and hunting in Pennsylvania with my Dad and brother. I loved reading Field and Stream and Outdoor Life and daydreaming about chasing elk and catching big rainbows in the Rocky Mountains. I was drafted into the Army in 1969 and served one year as an infantryman in the central highlands of Vietnam.
I moved to Wyoming in 1994, graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1999 with a degree in education, and taught junior high/high school English for 18 years. I love to hunt and fish and spend many hours chasing rainbows on the Plains Lake around Laramie and elk in the mountains.
Kimberly Freimuth – Fundraising Coordinator
I am a Wyoming native, born and raised in Cheyenne, WY, and University of Wyoming graduate. My interests include hiking, exploring the great outdoors, photography, gardening, and volunteer fundraising. I have two wonderful dogs, Kaya and Sophie.
I am employed with the Laramie County Community College Foundation, and work with both students, sponsors, and donors to help raise funds to go towards scholarships, equipment, and need based.
This experience allows me the opportunity to connect with our veterans and our community, and I am delighted to be a part of the Platte Rivers Veterans Fly Fishing.