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William Dennis "Denny" Price

Oklahoman Published: July 9, 2000
Obituaries/Death Notices

PRICE William Dennis "Denny" was born January 28, 1938 in Norman, Oklahoma, and went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, July 7, 2000, at the age of 62. A memorial service will be held at the Emmanuel Baptist Church, Enid, Oklahoma, on Monday, July 10th, at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Wade Burleson officiating. Denny grew up in Washington, Oklahoma until his family moved to Norman when Denny was in the tenth grade. Denny attended Norman High School where he was an All-State baseball and basketball player. Denny participated on the first Norman High School state championship basketball team where he set the state tournament record for most points in a single game. Upon graduating from Norman High School, Denny attended the University of Oklahoma on a baseball and basketball scholarship where he earned All Big Eight honors in both sports. While attending the University of Oklahoma, Denny was active in the Baptist Student Union where he met his future wife, Ann Dunn of Chickasha, Oklahoma. Denny and Ann were married June 16, 1962. There never was a basketball game in which Denny played or coached during their marriage that he didn't walk out of the locker room and first look to find Ann, his wife and best friend, and give her a loving wave. After graduating from OU, Denny served a short stint in the United States Army and then joined the Phillips 66'ers A.A.U. basketball team where he earned All-American honors. In 1964, Denny was invited to participate in the Olympic trials on behalf of the United States basketball team. After playing for the Phillip's 66'ers , Denny took the head coaching position for the Shawnee High School basketball team. Denny then became the assistant head basketball coach for the University of Oklahoma under John McCloud, and then moved to Phoenix, Arizona where he served as assistant head coach for the Phoenix Suns basketball team. Denny was then asked to serve as the head basketball coach for the Sam Houston State Bobcats in Huntsville, Texas. In 1979, Denny entered private business where he eventually formed P&Q well service company in partnership with Johnny Quarles. After several years in the oil field service business, Denny was asked by Phillips University to become their Athletic Director and men's basketball coach. Denny served Phillips University as Athletic Director for twelve years, and men's basketball coach and women's basketball coach for seven years and three years respectively. Most recently, Denny served as the co-head coach for Oklahoma's only professional basketball team, the Oklahoma Storm of the United States Basketball League. Though Denny had an illustrious career as an athlete and coach, what mattered to Denny was his faith and his family. Denny was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church where he served in many leadership capacities and faithfully participated in the Emmanuel PraiseSingers choral ministry. His commitment to Jesus Christ was paramount. From his faith flowed a love for, and dedication to, his wife, Ann and their three sons, Mark, Matt, and Brent. All three sons excelled in basketball, but more important to Denny, all three sons have a personal faith in, and commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ. Denny joined Ann and his sons in forming the Price Family Ministries. This non-profit corporation exists for the purpose of training young people in the fundamental principles of basketball and the basic truths of the Christian life. Thousands of young people have been touched through the basketball camps and Christian concerts of the Price Family Ministries. Denny is survived by his wife, Ann Price, of the home; son, Mark and his wife, Laura of Atlanta, Georgia and their four children, Brittany, Caroline, Hudson, and Joshua Price; son, Matt and his wife, Kathryn of Tulsa, Oklahoma and their two children, Baruk and Jackson "Denny" Price; son, Brent and his wife, Marcy of Houston, Texas, and their three children, Madison, Savannah, and Elizabeth Ann Price. Denny is also survived by his mother, Daisey Rae Price; his sister, Janice Masters and her husband, Don; his brother-in-law, Philip Dunn and his wife, Jean; and three nieces, Donnita Cooper, Dayna Cooper, and Denice Jones. Denny was preceded in death by his father, Hartley Price in February of 1999. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either the Price Family Ministries or Emmanuel Baptist Church's Project Jubilee expansion fund. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends are invited to an open viewing Sunday night, July 9th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Ladasau-Evans Funeral Home. Denny Price touched many lives with his life, and his family and friends are grateful for the touch of God upon Denny's life, which made us all admire and love William Dennis "Denny" Price.

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