Garnett E. "Moose" Detty passed away at his home in Tucson, Arizona, on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003. He was 82 years old.
Moose Detty received the first Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Society (PATS) Service Award in 1991 and retired as Pro's CEO in 1994. In 1999, Moose was presented the Johnson & Johnson — College Athletic Trainer's Society (CATS) Outstanding Service Award in Kansas City, MO. Mr. Detty was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 1994 and the PATS Hall of Fame in 2002. He was considered an "Ambassador" of Athletic Training. During his tenure with the Philadelphia Eagles (1961-1975), he preached to all the importance of the new field of athletic training. He educated medical school students, podiatry students, orthopedic residents, physicians, college student athletic trainers, high school administrators and even local clubs on the role of this new health care professional – the athletic trainer.
The native Oklahoman was a Marine decorated for his service to our country at the Battle of Midway during World War II. He was a successful Golden Glove Boxer, a Tri State and Fleet Marine Corp Heavyweight Champion and a successful coach. In 1952, Moose was selected AAU Boxing Coach of the Year and tutored the 1952 Olympic Gold Medalist.
His ingenuity led to the use of newly discovered neoprene and its use for athletes. He turned this into a successful business and retired from athletic training in 1975. Pro Orthopedics allowed him to give back to the profession he loved for 30 years. Pro has sponsored newsletters and seminars on state, district and national levels. Additionally, Pro has and continues to provide scholarship opportunities for future athletic trainers. Moose Detty established the Warren Lee Trust Fund, named in honor the Head Athletic Trainer at the University of Arizona who died during his tenure there.
Moose often remarked that he wanted to give something back to the athletic trainer, especially those who worked for little pay. In celebration of his life, CATS has named one of its CATS Family Scholarships in his honor, the Moose Detty CATS Family Scholarship. This award goes to the son or daughter of a CATS member.
A celebration of Moose's life was held at the Corpus Christi Church in Tucson on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2003. Moose Detty is survived by his wife, Angela; three sons, Gerry, Mike and Tom and daughter Angie.
In lieu of flowers, the family requested that donations be sent to the following scholarships:
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