A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed a game day experience:
*Cecil Outhier was a Homestead native who worked 37 years for Haliburton Oil Services. He took great pleasure in teaching neighborhood boys how to pitch, hit and catch a baseball; kick and pass a football; shoot a basketball; and safely fire a rifle. A family obituary said Outhier “was every boy's favorite dad for many years.” He died recently at age 86.
*Carla Hertzog Elam, 42, of Chickasha was a supervisor for United Parcel Service. She was the mother of three, softball player Lynnsie and wrestlers Austin and Cael. The kids' athletic ability came naturally. Carla played softball and basketball at Lawton High School. She went on to play college softball while earning a business administration degree at Cameron. Carla also coached youth softball.
*Mitchell McElmurry, 61, of Muskogee was a three-sport letterman at Fort Gibson High School in the early 1970s. He played football, basketball and baseball, before moving on to Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. McElmurry played competitive softball for several state championship teams. He returned to Fort Gibson High and served as an assistant football coach for more than 15 years.
*Jimmy Banks, 88, of Elk City was asked to play baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals organization out of high school. He instead chose the Navy, signing up in September 1942 as America faced the challenge of a two-front war. Afterward, he went home to southwestern Oklahoma and played semi-pro baseball in the Elk City League. Banks spent one season in professional ball, 1951, with the Pampa Oilers and Borger Gassers of the West Texas-New Mexico League. He wound up spending several years working for the postal service.
*Talala resident Errol Calvert Sr., 73, was an accomplished archer who bagged a state-record buck in 1963. Calvert was a body builder into his late 50s, receiving the Mr. Oklahoma Spirit Award after defeating kidney cancer.
*Jerry Meyers Jr., 66, graduated from Ada High School, which was about 10 miles from his hometown of Francis. Meyers served in the Vietnam War, and then worked in the oil fields as a mechanic. Free time was spent fixing and driving race cars.
*Ken Hopkins, 61, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was an all-area offensive lineman in 1970 for Lawton High. He earned a football scholarship to Northwestern Oklahoma State, although he finished an economics degree at Southwestern Oklahoma State. Hopkins, a supporter of youth sports, worked in health care while living in Florida.
*Ed Buddrus, 92, of Muskogee was president and chairman of the board of Acme Engineering and Manufacturing Corp. The World War II veteran was a disciplined athlete, running in many marathons during his life.