A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience:
*Burl Bartlett was a successful high school football coach in Oklahoma and Texas. The Ingalls, OK, native led Blackwell and Kingfisher to a combined 44-13-5 record over the 1951-56 seasons. The 1953 Kingfisher team finished 10-0-1, losing a playoff tiebreaker (on penetrations) to Tonkawa, which went on to beat Cleveland for the Class B state championship. Bartlett was just as successful in Texas, guiding the Dumas Demons to a 33-20-1 record, including the 1961 Class 3A state title. He was later hired as an assistant coach at Texas Tech, where he recruited and signed Lawton wide receiver Danny Hardaway, the first black athlete to play for a Red Raiders team. Bartlett was an Enid resident at the time of death at age 85.
*Former Putnam City North pitcher Jake Orem died in Morgantown, W.Va., where he was attending school. Orem played baseball last season for Clarendon College (Texas), where he was 1-1 with 14 strikeouts in 16 innings. The right-hander transferred to the University of West Virginia as a junior to study nursing.
*The former Wilma Jean Robinson was a cheerleader in 1945 for Cushing High School. Wilma Jean Rueb, a mother of four, died recently at age 84.
*James Fisher was inducted into the Greater Oklahoma City Bowling Council Hall of Fame in 1991. Thea Harrah native was inducted for service; as a member of the Oklahoma Men's Bowling Association, he held every league office at least once. Also a former president of the Oklahoma State Bowler's Association. Participated in 30 American Bowling Congress Tournaments over 1974-2005. Spent several years as a Youth Bowling Association coach at the Penn 44 Lanes. Highest sanctioned game was a 279, and highest sanctioned series was 691. The retired FAA instructor died three days before his 80th birthday.
*Former Bartlesville Schools administrator Ron Jared died recently at age 71. Jared played football and marched in the band at Allen High School.
*Woodward resident Bill Smithton was a star athlete at old Rosston High School. He ran track and helped the basketball team to the Class C state tournament. Smithton attended Oklahoma State on a track scholarship. Smithton drove a 1952 Studebaker in car races and also enjoyed fishing. He died at age 66.
*Frances Misialek of Edmond enjoyed horse racing at Remington Park. For more than 40 years, she and husband Chet, were horse enthusiasts. The Misialeks entered several horses in Remington Park events. Frances, a Canton, N.C., native, died Dec. 3 at age 81.