Malcolm Wade vowed to his wife not go down without a fight.
The former Carl Albert wrestling coach died Wednesday following a three-year battle with kidney cancer. Wade was 65.
“He never complained, not one time during this entire ordeal,” his wife Karen said. “Actually, he was just very amazing. I don’t know too many people that could have gone through what he went through the last three years and have the attitude that he had.”
A memorial service is scheduled for Thursday to honor Wade in the Carl Albert High School Auditorium at 10 a.m.
Wade spent 24 years coaching during his 36-year career as a teacher. He retired on May 19, 2011, and was diagnosed with cancer the following day.
He led Carl Albert to state wrestling championships in 1991 and 1992, and was also a USA wrestling coach. He stopped coaching in the late ’90s.
Each season, Carl Albert hosts the Carl Albert Malcolm Wade Invitational in his honor, something he remained proud of following his coaching days.
“He’s kind of the father of successful wrestling out here,” Carl Albert athletic director Gary Rose said. “He’s a heck of a coach and a really good guy.”