A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience:
*Lavoy Hatchett, 83, of Tulsa helped establish the math department at Oral Roberts University. He was also the school's first baseball coach, guiding the then-Titans to a 40-37 record over the 1966-68 seasons. Hatchett remained involved in the athletic department after baseball, spending 33 years as the official scorebook keeper for the basketball teams.
*Tulsa Holland Hall High School graduate Sarah Adams played field hockey at the University of Richmond. After earning a degree in sociology, she returned to Holland Hall, where she was the field hockey team's head coach and taught physical education. In 2009, Adams started missionary work in Africa, with a focus on children affected by AIDs. She died at age 32 from injuries suffered in a car accident in Zimbabwe.
*Alfred Oulds of Ponca City was a golf instructor. He served as an assistant golf pro at the Ponca City Country Club and then Pawnee Prairie in Wichita, Kan. Oulds spent several years as head pro at the Creve Coeur Golf Course in St. Louis. He was named Gateway Section Teacher of the Year while at Creve Coeur. Oulds returned to Ponca City to retire, but he continued to teach golf to adults and kids at The Practice Tee. He also attended several PGA tournaments, including The Masters in Augusta, Ga. Oulds died at age 86, and per his request, his body was donated to medical science.
*Detroit native Jeffery Jones attended Langston University, where he earned a journalism degree. He worked in several businesses by trade and spent down time officiating basketball, softball and baseball in Oklahoma. The Muskogee resident died at age 51.
*John Geitgey, 94, of Jet played college football at Northwestern State in Alva. He was a fan of both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, often traveling to bowl games with wife Jane and friends. John Geitgey was a farmer by trade. A World War II veteran who rode on gliders that delivered heavy equipment to Allies in Europe.
*Marvin Baker, 88, of Oklahoma City won the State Fair Senior Stroll seven consecutive years. The World War II veteran prepared for the 2-mile speed-walk by walking hundreds of miles each year. Baker's last win was in 2001.
*Uncas native Ron Frick, 87, won the Kaw Lake Crappie Tournament championship. He also coached softball for St. Mary's Catholic Church.
*Curtis Parks, 71, of Tulsa earned a tennis scholarship to the University of Tulsa out of Tulsa Rogers High School. He was a devoted hunter and fisherman.
*Billy Warren, 82, played football and basketball and ran track at Woodward High School. He earned a basketball scholarship to Phillips University in Enid. Transferred to Oklahoma State and participated in intramural track. Warren worked in a family business after college.
*Jerry Williams, 74, of Woodward played basketball and baseball at Leedey High School. He also enjoyed fishing for salmon in Alaska.
*Wylie Loftin, 89, of Lawton. Played football and basketball at Graham High School in Texas. After serving in the Army Amphibian Special Forces during World War II, he co-captained the Midwestern State University football teams in 1946 and 1948.
*Lorenza Thomas, 74, of Lawton was a heavyweight semipro boxer. ... Bert Hoffner, 67, of Woodward was a coach in the Mulhall-Orlando school district. ... Richard Mardis, 82, of Ponca City once held the record for the largest catfish to come out of Lake Ponca. ... Kiel Holladay, 28, of Checotah participated in rodeos. ... Judith Hosner Anderson, 69, of Duncan was a physical education teacher. ... Roger Ritchie, 64, was a swimmer for Muskogee Central High School.
*James Hart, 87, of Tulsa played high school football in Pampa, Texas. ... Ginger Porter Klaver, 83, of Norman was a cheerleader in her native Iowa. ... Bernice Bryson Davis, 82, of Norman was a standout girls basketball player at Oney High School. ... John Cathey, 84, of Stillwater was a high school quarterback in Camden, Ark. ... James Fournier, 61, of Enid was an avid golfer who served as men's league president at the Meadowlake Course.
BY SCOTT MUNN