A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience:
*Attorney Randy Jones was a Sallisaw native who was an all-conference football player. As an adult, Jones owned an extensive baseball card collection and was a Texas Rangers fan. A family obituary said: “He lived for the annual spring break vacation, someplace, anyplace, with a stadium and a game scheduled for the weekend.” Also a Tahlequah High School wrestling booster. Jones died recently at age 62.
*Jack Gers, 81, was a Capitol Hill High School graduate who played basketball and golf at Oklahoma State. The latter sport was Gers' specialty; he won the state left-handed championship 13 consecutive years. The Air Force veteran gave private golf lessons for many years at the Lake Hefner Course.
*Rudy Minarcin spent the 1950 baseball season pitching for the Tulsa Oilers, then a Cincinnati Reds farm team. Minarcin had one of the best seasons of his career, finishing 13-7 with a career-low 2.86 earned-run average. The right-hander spent parts of the 1955-57 seasons with either the Reds or Boston Red Sox. The native Pennsylvanian died at age 83.
*Margaret Howard of Oklahoma City graduated from Classen High School and the University of Oklahoma. A degree in education took her to North Carolina, where she was a physical education teacher in Greensboro and worked in public recreation in Winston-Salem. She also had a deep love for playing golf; she had 14 holes-in-one during a life that ended at 82 years.
*Dr. Stefan Kostiuk, 57 of Oklahoma City won several championships as a junior high and high school wrestler. Also played baseball. Attended Southeast High School from freshman through junior years. He graduated from Harrah High. The emergency room physician played in many golf tournaments throughout the U.S., including The Oklahoman Open.
*Burl Watson, 86, lettered in track at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Mass.). The Brooklyn, N.Y., native moved to Bartlesville in 1957 and worked as a finance executive.
*Robert Linn, 72, of Stillwater was a scuba diving instructor. Also a Golden Gloves boxing champion.
*George Van Wyck, 79, of Tulsa, raised world champion quarter horses. ... Tina Bell, 31, of Edmond was competitive pool player. ... Paul Artus, 91, of Oklahoma City captained the first Poth High School (Texas) football team. ... Hoben Rogers, 95, of Lindsay was a member of the committee that started plans for Lindsay Municipal Park and Golf Course. ... Charles Rook, 81 of Midwest City, participated in basketball, baseball and track at Cheyenne High School. ...
*Sam Chapman, 84, a former professor of political science at OU and Norman city councilman, played senior league softball. ... Bill Toombs, 89, of Edmond raised and raced quarter horses. ... Oklahoma City resident Danny Lloyd, 25, was an award-winning swimmer and played high school baseball while living in Phoenix. ... Jim Manley, 75, of Tulsa was a bass tournament fisherman. ...
*Andrea Watashe, 35, of Tulsa participated in the Special Olympics. ... Don Gunkel, 72, of Stillwater coached T-ball and second-grade girls soccer for the Stillwater Parks and Recreation Department. ... Troy Bradley, 82, of Tulsa played basketball and football at Pryor High School.