LAME DEER – Allen Fisher, who had served as the head boys basketball coach at Lame Deer since February 2017, died Monday night in an accident on the Tongue River. Fisher was 37.
Fisher led Lame Deer to its first State B tournament appearance in 2017 by winning the Southern B divisional at Rimrock Auto Arena, defeating rival Lodge Grass in the championship.
An outpouring of support flooded social media Monday into Tuesday as news spread about Fisher’s passing. Former MSU Billings basketball player Buddy WindyBoy commented on his Facebook page: “Rest Peacefully. Not ever good to hear news like this! You will be missed Al Fisher.”
Tommy Robinson, a prominent sports photographer in southeast Montana, said: “Allen brought a passion and zeal unlike almost any other to rez ball. He was always the first one to meet (his players) as they would come to the bench during a timeout. Man, you will be missed big time Al. Thanks for always greeting me with a smile – I’ll never forget that.”
A rosary service is scheduled for Thursday at St. Labre Catholic Mission at 7 p.m. A mass of Christian burial is set for 10 a.m. on Friday at Lame Deer High School, followed by a graveside service at Fisher Butte Cemetery in Lame Deer at 12:30 p.m.
MTN Sports does not have any additional details about Fisher’s death as of Tuesday afternoon.