The Rev. Dr. Dean Paul Talagan, 85, of Cheyenne passed away Aug 13, 2019 at the Davis
Hospice Center in Cheyenne.
Talagan was born Oct. 23, 1933 in Cheyenne to Paul and Anastasia Talagan. He was a 1951
graduate from Cheyenne High School. Talagan earned a baccalaureate in classical Greek and
history from the University of Wyoming. He also earned a Master of Arts and a Doctorate in
Education from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master of Theological Studies from
Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, MA.
Talagan began his education career as a teacher and principal in the Cheyenne Public Schools
and the public school of Bakersfield, CA. Talagan also served as assistant state superintendent of
public Instruction and he was a past member of the Laramie County Community College Board
Talagan was ordained to the Greek Orthodox Church Holy Priesthood onj Aug, 1975 in
Cheyenne. He served his home parish of Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church.
During his career he was the founding director of the Patriarch Athenagoras National Institute
and Youth Retreat at Harriman.He became the founding priest of Saint Catherine Greek
Orthodox Church in Greenwood Village, CO in 1984. He served as president of the Colorado
Councils of Churches and was a member of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Religious
Talagan was a passionate and inspirational educator.
Talagan was preceded in death by his wife Argie Lafkas.
Talagan is survived by his children, Stacie (Marc) Wade of Denver, CO and Paul (Kristi)
Talagan of Saugus MA.; grandchildren, Angela Wade of Denver, CO., Miles Wade of Houston,
TX and Barbara Talagan od Sugus, MA; sisters Stella Contos and Jean (Bill) Langas; brother-in-
law, Paul (Pat) Lafkas; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation was held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Aug 8, 2019 at Saint Constantine and Helen Greek
Orthodox Church in Cheyenne with as Trisagion service at 7 p.m.
An 8 a.m. divine liturgy at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church with His
Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver and Metropolis clergy proceeded the 10 a.m. funeral
service. Family and Friends were invited to a memorial luncheon at Cheyenne Frontier Days
Buckle Club Following internment.
Pallbearers were John Contos, William P. Langlas, Dr. A.J.Mears, Nico Porreco, Vince
Porreco and Miles Wace.
Honorary Pallbearers were Nick Anest, Tim Joannides, Dr. George Karamigios, Paul Lafkas,
William j. Langlas, Father John Murray, George Zaharas and Steve Zaharas.
Friends who wish may contribute to Saint Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church,
P.O. Box 112, Cheyenne, WY 82003; to Saint Catherine Greek Orthodox Church 5555 S.
Yosemite St. Greenwood Village, CO 80111, or to Davis Hospice Center, 6000 Sycamore Road,
Cheyenne, WY 82009.
Family condolences may be offered at www.schradercares.com