Tributes: Legendary Norman High coach Max Marquardt dies at age 78

Marquardt, who spent 20 years at Norman, guided the 1970 boy's basketball team to the Class 4A state championship.
by Scott Munn Published: February 10, 2014
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A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed a game day experience:

*Max Marquardt, 78, was inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2001 for success he enjoyed as a high school basketball and baseball coach. The El Reno native spent 20 years at Norman High School, where he made the Tigers a consistent state basketball tournament participant. He led the 1970 team to the Class 4A state championship, beating Northwest Classen 47-42 with big scorers John Carroll and Joe Simpson providing all but six points. Before compiling a 349-147 record as a coach — which included early career stops at Pauls Valley and Pawhuska — Marquardt attended the University of Central Oklahoma on a basketball scholarship. He was a three-time all-conference player for the Bronchos. Marquardt was also on the school's football, baseball and track and field teams. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday at Journey Church, 3801 Journey Parkway, in Norman.

*Stan Johnson Jr., 80, retired in Oklahoma City after 30 years with the Scott Paper Co. He had a life of adventure, whether it was jumping out of airplanes as an Army paratrooper or coaching championship teams in youth football. Sandwiched in between was serving as athletic director at the downtown YMCA in Denver and playing fullback for the University of Wyoming's 1956 Sun Bowl championship football team. Johnson was also an accomplished body builder who won the Mr. Senior Okie title at age 40.

*Delman Dennis, 80, of Oklahoma City attended the OU-Texas football game for more than 30 years. A longtime season ticket holder for Sooner football and basketball teams.

*Hunter Miller beat cancer at age 4 and as a teen played golf for Jenks middle and high schools. He died at age 20.

*Len Sherrell, 78, of Tulsa was a dirt car racing enthusiast. He raced a car for several years until a wreck in 1969 at Thunderbird Speedway in Muskogee forced him to retire. Sherrell owned a paint and body shop, and he remained in the sport by sponsoring a race car driven by Jackie Howerton, a local standout who also competed on the prestigious U.S. Auto Club Silver Crown Series.

*Chad Roberts, 37, of Jay was a team roper and horse trainer. Served as president of the Grove Roundup Club.

*Annie Boland, 60, of Oklahoma City was a member of the Kerr McGee swim team as a youngster. The Northeast High graduate also played competitive tennis.

*Jack Lackey, 62, was a seventh-grade geography teacher who coached middle school football and basketball in Yukon.

*Tom Taylor, 61, of Bremerton, Wash., was a retired welder at the U.S. Navy shipyard. The native Oklahoman played semi-pro baseball for the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. in Lawton when it was a state powerhouse.

*Lewis Rackley, 88, of Walters was an Army medic during World War II. During down time, he starred as a fast-pitch softball player. After the war, he was hired by Monsanto — which wanted Rackley to pitch for the company softball team. He wound up spending 30 years working for Diamond-Shamrock in Muscle Shoales, Ala., where he retired as chemical plant supervisor.

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by Scott Munn
Sports Assistant Editor
Scott Munn joined The Oklahoman/Oklahoma City Times sports staffs in October 1982. He spent a year as a formcharter, three years on the desk and 16 as a reporter. Scott has spent the last nine years as an evening assistant sports editor. Scott's...
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