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Outdoor Writer Mike Lambeth dies at 55

by Ed Godfrey Modified: April 18, 2014 at 5:24 pm •  Published: April 14, 2014
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Mike Lambeth, Edmond Outdoor writer        ORG XMIT: 1107230032460692
Mike Lambeth, Edmond Outdoor writer ORG XMIT: 1107230032460692

You may not have known Mike Lambeth, but chances are you know his work.
Lambeth, 55, a long-time outdoor writer from Edmond, died Thursday in his motel room in Woodward.
Mike was in Woodward to participate in the lieutenant governor’s annual turkey hunt. It was his 18th appearance at the lieutenant governor’s turkey hunt.
Over the years, Mike’s hunting and fishing stories have appeared in numerous magazines, including Oklahoma Game and Fish, North American Whitetail, Texas Trophy Hunters Magazine, Hunting Fool and others.
Occasionally, Mike even contributed a story to The Oklahoman’s outdoors page. For a few years, Mike and I would take a striper fishing trip together each summer to the Lower Illinois River. I enjoyed his company and sharing stories about the outdoors.
Mike was passionate and very knowledgable about the outdoors. A past president of the Oklahoma chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Mike was the first person to introduce me to turkey calling contests after I started writing about the outdoors, and I will never forget how animated he became in his demonstration.
“I knew Mike for 20 years,” said George Moore of Edmond, who shared a deer hunting lease with him. “He hunted and fished with me and I made many of a turkey call with him.
“I think he was a good writer. Everybody talked highly of him. He was a giving person. I don’t know anybody that would ever say anything bad about Mike Lambeth.”
Mike loved going on turkey and deer hunts, but he would get just as excited when someone else would have the opportunity to go on a big hunting and fishing adventure, Moore said.
“Everybody will tell you the same thing,” Moore said. “He would just get so pumped up. It was like he was there with me. One thing he always said that stuck with me: ‘The anticipation far outweighs the participation.’ I loved him like a brother. He is going to be deeply missed by a lot of us.”
Funeral services for Mike Lambeth are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at the North Pointe Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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