Two weeks ago today Laramie lost a dedicated community champion in John Hester. John was the co-owner of Antique Fever at 211 South Second Street with his wife Misty. Antique Fever celebrated its 10 year anniversary in September of 2011. 

John was active on campus with the ROTC and as a military historian. He also served as a core member of the Planning Commission with the City of Laramie and was a passionate board member with the Laramie Main Street Alliance and membership coordinator for the Downtown Laramie Business Association.

John was instrumental in numerous downtown improvement projects. From the creation of the First Street Plaza with its informative kiosk, the lighting of the Garfield Footbridge, the Downtown Development Plan and the redevelopment of second floors for residential use in downtown.

All who knew John, as a customer, friend or mentor, will remember his fair and thoughtful insight on issues ranging from community development to WWII history. John made us all want to be better people. To step up and get the job done.

In honor of John’s memory and his unselfish service to the community of Laramie, the Laramie Main Street Alliance has set up a memorial scholarship fund in John’s name. Over the years, John and his wife Misty attended multiple National Main Street conferences and always came back with new and energetic ideas for improving downtown. This scholarship fund will be used to send downtown volunteers to future National Main Street conferences.

If you would like to contribute to the John Hester Scholarship Fund, please send a check to LMSA, Attn. Hester Scholarship, 207 Grand Ave., Laramie, WY 82070. For more information, contact the LMSA office at 307-760-3355 or