Davis civic leader Baren 'Skip' Healey dies at 78

Davis civic leader Baren ‘Skip' Healey, who also played a key role in Oklahoma politics, died Sunday at 78.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: October 23, 2012
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He first came to Davis in 1949. Healey bought the Flying L Ranch with his brother, Burke.

On Dec. 27, 1955, Skip Healey married Leslie Sue Hill.

Healey is survived by his wife, Sue; his son Colt, Colt's wife, Sherry, and their daughters Heather, Alexa and Diana; his son Clay, Clay's wife, Holly, and their children Chase and Trey Healey and Valerie and Elizabeth Farabee; his daughter, Casey Killblane, Casey's husband, Hugh, and their children Trevor and Paxton Killblane, a sister-in-law, five nephews and a niece.

“Dad died of respiratory arrest,” daughter Casey Killblane said. “We were blessed that he lived life fully until the last day.”

A memorial service for Healey is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church of Davis.

Matt Pinnell, chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party, in an email described Healey as “One of the true legends in our Party.”

“There's a reason our ‘OKGOP Party Builder Award' is named after this man,” Pinnell said. “Skip helped blaze the trail that the rest of us Republicans have had the pleasure to walk on.”

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