July 8, 1969 – Aug. 13, 2016
Memorial services for Todd Steven Hallsted will be held Aug. 18 (today) at 1 p.m. at Highland Park Community Church in Casper. Todd, 47, passed away Aug. 13 at Alcova Lake while camping with his family.
He was born July 8, 1969, in Laramie and grew up in Greybull where he was active in church, 4-H and athletics. He held the Greybull High School wrestling team’s Quick Pin record of 8 seconds; was the 1986 2A state champion at 185 pounds; a member of four GHS state championship wrestling teams and wrestled in Finland and the USSR with the 1987 Wyoming Cultural Exchange Team. He was an all-state offensive tackle in football and was on the 1987 North All-Star Shrine Bowl team. He graduated from Greybull High School in 1987.
He attended Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mont., where he played football.
Todd took the “seven-year plan” to earn his degree. He attended the University of Wyoming, Northwest Community College, and then Chadron State College, wrestling at each of the schools. He was the 1991 NAIA area tournament champion.
At Chadron State, he met Angie Anderson and they were married May 15, 1993, in Hay Springs, Neb.
Todd did his student teaching at Crawford, Neb., and earned his bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a field endorsement in natural sciences from Chadron State in May 1994.
He began his teaching career in Pawnee City, Neb., where he taught seventh through 12th grade science and was the head football coach and assistant boys basketball coach.
In 1995, the couple moved to St. Paul, Neb., where he continued to teach science and coach football; he also had the opportunity to build a wrestling program from the ground up. His first varsity team had just three wrestlers; by the second year he had a team of 20 and all the weight classes were filled.
The Hallsteds welcomed daughter Ashton Lynn on Aug. 14, 1997, and their family became complete with the birth of their second daughter, Payton Sarah, on Feb. 14, 2000.
In 2002, the family moved to Casper where Todd taught science at Natrona County High School. He coached middle school football at both CY and Dean Morgan and was an assistant wrestling coach for the Natrona Mustangs.
He continued his education and earned a master’s degree and additional credits.
Todd was an adoring and protective father and husband; he loved spending time fishing, hunting, camping, travelling and laughing with his family and friends.
Many of his former students cited Todd as being a key influence in their lives and in their career choices. He was proud of all of his students; his classroom was always full of kids, whether or not they were his students.
His grandparents, Jean Thomas and Lyle and Iola Hallsted, preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife Angie and daughters Ashton and Payton of Casper; his mother and step-father Jacquie and Sam Whitney of Wheatland; father and step-mother, Lee and Janet Hallsted of Greybull; his brother, Matt, and his grandparents Joe and Virginia Chasteen of Cheyenne.
Memorial donations may be made to Reliant Federal Credit Union, 4015 Plaza Drive, Casper, WY 82601. The donations will be used to fund a scholarship in Todd’s memory.