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Senate honors life of Mildren

By The Associated Press Modified: May 23, 2008 at 6:16 pm •  Published: May 23, 2008
The Oklahoma Senate took time out from its rush to adjournment on Friday to pay tribute to the life of Jack Mildren, the former lieutenant governor and University of Oklahoma football star.

Senators unanimously adopted a resolution honoring the life of Mildren, who died Thursday of complications from cancer at the age of 58.

Sen. Kenneth Corn, principal sponsor of the resolution, recalled Mildren as someone who loved life and always had a smile on his face.

"Even though he'll always be remembered as the famous football star, he was an extremely successful businessman, creating jobs for countless Oklahomans," said Corn, D-Poteau. "As lieutenant governor, he showed us that integrity is more important than partisan politics, and he worked tirelessly to promote the state he loved."

Mildren, who was Oklahoma's first wishbone quarterback, also achieved success in the oil business as co-founder and president of Regency Exploration, Inc., and as an independent oil operator.

He most recently hosted a daily sports radio talk show on two local radio stations, as well as two television sports programs.

Sen. Jeff Rabon, D-Hugo, served as then Mildren's senior administrative assistant in the early 1990's when Mildren was lieutenant governor. Rabon said Mildren was the most selfless man he had ever met.

Lt. Gov. Jari Askins presided during the tribute to Mildren. Oklahoma's lieutenant governor is the president of the Senate.

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