A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience:
*Mike Arnold quarterbacked Enid High School to its first state football championship, in 1964, with a 28-20 victory over previously unbeaten Tulsa Rogers. He threw two touchdown passes during that game despite a cut on his hand that required 11 stitches. The senior threw for 1,207 yards and 16 touchdowns that season, earning a spot on the All-State team. He held the school's career record for passing TDs at 27 until Austin Box tied it in 2006. Arnold earned a scholarship to Oklahoma State, where he was a part-time starter. The Vietnam veteran and retired Kerr McGee employee founded the Dolphin Swim Team, a club for people with special needs. He died at age 66 after an extended illness.
*Byron Harp, 55, was a running back for Lawton High, helping the Wolverines to 17 wins and one playoff appearance over the 1974-76 seasons. Harp was a big-play back, often collecting more than 100 yards rushing on Friday nights. The Oklahoman selected Harp as honorable mention All-State as a junior and senior. He would go on to play for Cameron University. Injury ended his playing career — and a tryout with the Dallas Cowboys — and Harp went to work in the oil fields. Harp, who also owned a landscaping business, was an Okmulgee resident at the time of death.
*Bob Garner played high school football and basketball at Stratford High School. A love for both sports carried over into college and the military. Garner played basketball at Murray State Junior College in Tishomingo; he played semipro football while in the Air Force. The Gulf War veteran was an Oklahoma City resident when he died at age 52.
*Graphic artist Margene Lang was a competitive bowler. Lang participated for women's and mixed-league teams; she also competed in national tournaments. Lang's personal-best game was a 291. The Oklahoma City resident died a month after celebrating her 99th birthday.
*Robert Threlkeld, known by students as Coach T, died at age 65. Threlkeld spent 25 years as a coach or athletic director at Moore Highland West Junior High School.