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Norman High School
Class Of 1972

Welcome to the Norman High Class Of 1972 web site. Our 40th Reunion was great - hope you can attend the next one! We also have a couple of Facebook pages - 1972 Norman High 40th Reunion and 1972 Norman High Alum (and friends) so check us out there too!

Planning for our 50th Reunion has started and the tentative dates are June 10-12, 2022. This is the weekend before Father’s Day. If you know of missing classmates, please let us know.


David Robert Carder, 67, passed away on November 10, 2021. He was born on November 19, 1953, to Shirley (Partrick) Carder and Robert L Carder. David grew up in Norman, Oklahoma, where he received his high school diploma, a Norman Tiger, then went on to graduate from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Accountancy. He then passed the CPA exam his first try. David worked for KPMG Peat Marwick, making Partner. After leaving Peat he became the CFO for a holding company that owned several banks. In 1998 he became the CFO for Cowen Construction, holding that position until his death. David participated in Leadership Tulsa and Leadership Oklahoma during his career.

David was a third generation OU graduate. Being an avid OU fan, he had season tickets to football games for thirty years. While serving as President of the Alumni Association, he also received the Regents Alumni Award in 1991.

David volunteered for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for almost all his working career. He served on several local to National committees. He was instrumental in helping to acquire funding for the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation located in Oklahoma City. He most recently served as Chairman of the Regional Board. David's contribution to MS is far more reaching than can be expressed.

David liked to play golf, travel and enjoyed photography. He and his wife, Debra loved spending time cooking together. Many would even say that he was a master griller. 

David was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents. He is survived by Debra, his wife of 37 years; his children, Chris Carder and fiancée, Icy Coons of Norman, Oklahoma, Mackenzie Carder of Tulsa, Oklahoma; stepson, James Roberts; and granddaughter, Bree Roberts; his sister and brother-in-law, Paula and Martin Sullivan of Norman, Oklahoma; their son, Dylan, his wife Cassidy, and their daughter, Slone of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

In lieu of flowers his family is encouraging donations to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Donations can be given at:

Memorial service to be held at 11:00am on Friday, December 10, 2021. The service will be located at Saint John Episcopal Church, 4200 S. Atlanta Pl., Tulsa, OK. A reception to follow.

Sad to report that David Carder passed away last night. David was recently diagnosed with cancer. I will post the obit when it becomes available. Please keep his family in your prayers.  

Norman Music Center to close after 56 years


A family-owned music shop that’s served as a Norman institution for 56 years will close its doors later this month.

Before moving the shop to 317 W Gray St, where it’s been for 53 years, owners Don and Sally Polk opened Norman Music Center at 1816 W Main St. on Sept. 15, 1965. The family plans to close by the end of October, they said.

Don decided to open his own music shop that summer after working for another store for over a decade following graduation from Oklahoma City University, Sally said.

Sally said Don went to Security National Bank on Main Street — now Arvest Bank — to talk to then-branch manager Jack Patton. After Don laid out his plans to open a music shop in Norman, Patton offered his support.

“‘[Patton] said, ‘You do the work and I will provide the money,’ and he did at a fair interest rate, so we paid them back and have always been very grateful and admired him for that,” Sally said.

Sally said a normal day at their first location would start with her day shift at Tinker Air Force Base. She would finish her shift, wait for Don to arrive home from the store around 6 p.m., then go back to the shop with their son Larry to repair instruments, sometimes until 11 p.m.

“We were young so we loved it, but we didn’t do any recreation in those first three years,” Sally said.

That work ethic and love for both the store and the people who patronized it were the foundation for their continued success, Sally said.

In September 1968, the Polks moved Norman Music Center to the Gray Street location, maintaining their bedrock values through their relationships with the community even today, Sally said.

In 1995, the shop received an award from Music Inc. Magazine for retail excellence and service. That personable service is why Steven Elkins said he’s been a faithful customer since he was a teenager.

“I’ve been coming here for 45 years,” Elkins said. “My first purchase was a Baldwin Howard Piano in 1975.”

Elkins said what’s kept him coming back since is the family-oriented atmosphere.

“There’s been some other bigger stores that have come in since then, but this place felt like home,” Elkins said. “Now it feels like we’re losing a little bit of history in Norman.”

Larry, who has helped his parents run the music shop since 1975, said while the music equipment industry has seen a significant shift to e-commerce in recent years, the shop is closing because it’s simply the right time.

Closing the store will allow Larry more time to restore his classic Corvette, he said.

“It’s just one of those things where it’s better to go ahead close — I’ve got so many projects and things I need to get going and places I want to see while I can,” Larry said. “And I need to help my mom and dad, so I’d say closing now is a great thing for all of us.”

Larry said he and his family look back on the last 56 years of making friends with generations of customers and employees with nothing but fondness.

Sally said over the years, she and her family met many customers who were the grandchildren and great grandchildren of loyal customers from the 60s and 70s.

“We’ve had some employees that have become family, so we have many good memories of working here, but it’s just time, and I plan to stay in touch with people,” Sally said. “It was a true family business.”



Sad to report that Mrs. Mary Hartsock passed away yesterday, 3 weeks shy of her 101st birthday.  What a wonderful life for our beloved teacher. Please keep Nancy and her family in your prayers.

I received information that another classmate had passed away. David Knight passed on February 26, 2021. I haven’t been able to find an obituary but I know he was living in the Lake Eufaula area after losing his wife several years ago. David attended Adams Elementary, Central Junior High and attended Norman High through junior year. He graduated from Noble. Please keep his family in your prayers.

Another classmate lost too soon. Randy Brown passed away on May 28. The obituary has not yet been posted but services are being handled by Tribute Memorial Care. Services are scheduled for Thursday June 3 at 10 am at Noble Church of Christ. Please keep his family in your prayers. 


Randy Lewis Brown was born on January 6, 1954, in Kansas City, Missouri to Wiley Lewis Brown and Celia May (Toney) Brown. He passed away on May 28, 2021, in Norman, OK. 
After graduation from Norman High, Randy attended college at the University of Oklahoma where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1977. In 1979, he opened the doors of General Motors in OKC. From payroll to security Randy was a “Jack of all trades” throughout his career. He earned his master’s degree in criminal justice in 1981, giving him more opportunities throughout his remaining career. Randy retired on September 11, 2001.  
Randy’s family was always his motivation, but he always followed his heart and instinct. He was a man of compassion, understanding, and forgiveness. Randy would go out of his way and drive all over the metro to pay bills just so he could catch up with everyone. When he was not socializing, he loved watching his Sooners football and the news. Everyone was always up to date on the news when Randy was around. He never met a stranger in life. He was a man of opinions, but he was one of the most genuine people you have ever met. 
Survivors include his wife, Robin Brown of Norman, OK; daughter, Candace Dragg and Chris of Norman, OK; two sons, Andrew Brown and Lyric of Washington, OK and Ben Brown and Julia of Washington, OK; sister, Janice Maddox and Dennis of Norman, OK; three grandchildren, Joscelyn Harper, Ollie Naden and Greyson Dragg. 
Randy was preceded in death by his parents, Wiley Lewis Brown and Celia May (Toney) Brown. 
Memorial donations can be made to the juvenile diabetes research foundation at:

Just became aware of another classmate gone to soon. Condolences to his family. 

Richard Downing LeBow


Richard Downing LeBow, 63, passed away Thursday, February 8, 2018 at Grand Lake Villa of Grove, OK. Richard was born on February 15, 1954 in Norman, OK to his parents, Joe Will LeBow and Lelia Ann Downing-LeBow. Richard loved to go fishing and bird watching. He enjoyed his wood working and was a handyman of all trades. Richard was a kind and loving person and will be missed by all of his family and friends. He is preceded in death by his father, Joe W. LeBow. Richard is survived by his wife of 20 years, Sandra LeBow of Adair, OK; mother, Lee Pound of Tulsa, OK; daughter, Elizabeth Von Bose of Alaska; step-son, Patrick O’Hara and wife Beth of Tulsa, OK; sisters, Peggy Lacy of Tulsa, OK, Linda Lee and her husband Stephen of Tulsa, OK; numerous family and friends. Family will have a private memorial at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to Lawson’s Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, 311 W. Gray St., Jay, OK 74346 with Shaunda J. Lawson, 3rd Generation Owner/Funeral Director and Staff.

Please see the note below from Carol Wilson. Carol mentioned that Robert was a redhead just like her so fit in well with her family. ❤️

“I've been meaning to contact you about one of our classmates that I had been trying to find for several years.  Robert Ruiz Nuzum was a good friend of mine and my family.  He lived away from his mothers place and often stayed with me and my parents.  He became very close to us and even when we moved apart, he still occasionally would call or contact my parents throughout the years.  Unfortunately my parents hadn't heard from him in a while and our attempts to reach him failed.  Many years have gone by and Sandy found him on  Sadly it appears he passed away in June of 1996.   Guess that is why he hadn't contacted my parents!  Don't know how or where but thought it would be important to let his friends in our class know.  He was in the band. Thanks”


Donald Stephen Love, a resident of Celebration, FL, departed this life on January 27, 2021 at the age of 66 after having a heart attack. He was born on March 19th, 1954 in Tulsa County, Oklahoma and attended the United States Naval Academy, in Annapolis MD. He received his commission in 1976 and achieved the rank of Lieutenant before an honorable discharge. He married his loving wife Linda (Lyn) S. Love on June 4th, 1976. His next of kin are his son Chris Love and his son Alexander Love. 

Steve's life was one of brilliance, excitement, determination, kindness, humbleness, and love. Steve served in the United States Navy from 1976 to 1982 and then began working at Westinghouse as a Principal Engineer of Transient Analysis until he retired in 2016.

Steve was an avid athlete. He was a member of the State Champion Norman (Ok) Tigers swim team in 1972. He competed in numerous YMCA Nationals Masters Swimming and Diving Chammpionships with SHY Swim club of Pittsburgh, PA. He had recently taken up distance bicycling, and along with many other feats, completed a triathlon in which he swam across Lake Erie.

Steve was the most honorable, strong, kind, and loving father and husband imaginable. He made friends easily and quickly turned friends into family. He was a highly competitive contract bridge player in a Celebration, regularly participated in local biking groups, and forged indelible bonds. Steve's legacy lives on through his family and friends who already miss him so dearly.

Denise McGregor ofirving, Texas

November 12, 1953 - January 26, 2021


Denise McGregor, 67 of Irving, Texas died Tuesday, January 29, 2021.   She was born November 12, 1953 in Fort Worth, Texas to Weldon Aldridge and Martha Illene Cardwell. Denise worked as a sales representative in the pharmaceuticals industry.  Denise was a graduate of Oklahoma University and earned her master’s degree from the University of Phoenix.  She had been an active businesswoman in Oklahoma and Texas.  She enjoyed life and never looked back, always looking ahead with a very bright smile.

She is preceded in death by her father Weldon Aldridge and brother, Richard Aldridge.  She is survived by her mother, Martha Illene Hill of Irving and sister, Lee Ann Hill of Lantana, Texas.

Family will receive friends at noon on Friday, January 29, 2021 at Donnelly’s Colonial Funeral Home, 606 W. Airport Freeway, Irving, Texas.  Her burial will be at Boyd Cemetery in Boyd, Texas.

More sad news. Denise Aldridge McGregor passed away yesterday in Boyd, TX. I will post the obituary when it is available. Please keep her family in your prayers.


Sad news that Steve Love passed away after suffering a heart attack. His wife passed away the following day from complications from autoimmune disease. Please keep their families in your prayers. I will post the obituary once it becomes available. 


Please keep Steve's family in your prayers  

Charles S. "Steve" Stacy

July 8, 1954 ~ October 14, 2020 (age 66)


Charles Steven “Steve” Stacy, 66, of Cheyenne, Wyoming passed away October 14, 2020 in Cheyenne.

Steve was born on July 8, 1954 in Coral Gables, Florida, a son of Charles F. Stacy and Dorothy June Stacy.

Steve grew up in Oklahoma, California and Colorado. He moved to Cheyenne in 1998 to work in the oil and gas business. He was President of Hoover & Stacy, Inc., a local energy land service company. He enjoyed skiing, windsurfing, and spending time at the beach with his family. He also enjoyed watching the Oklahoma Sooners, Denver Broncos, and the Colorado Rockies baseball team. He had strong faith in the Lutheran community.

Steve is survived by his wife, Wanda K. Stacy; son, Dante Eric Stacy; daughter, Sydney Rose Stacy; step- children, Chasity Baker and her husband, Gary, Eric Cooper and his wife, Allie, and Mallory McChone; 10 grandchildren, Skylar, Breckin, Riggin, Makaia, Jayvion, Kingston, Hunter, Abi, Eli, and Trauden; two sisters, Lissa Boonenberg and her husband, Bill, and their two daughters, Brooke Boonenberg and Mandy Hinkhouse and her fiance, Austin Myers, and a great-niece and nephew, Mandy’s two children, Rylie Hinkhouse and Liam Myers, and Cindy Van Lunsen and her husband, Peter, and his nephew, Cindy’s son, Ryan.

A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 3:00 pm at the Lakeview Chapel at Schrader, Aragon and Jacoby Funeral Home with a social gathering to follow at Little Bear Inn.

We have received notification that Linda Wilson passed away on Sept 29 from heart failure. Will post more information as it becomes available. Please keep her family in your prayers. 


Linda Carol Barrios

16 FEBRUARY, 1954 – 30 SEPTEMBER, 2020

Obituary of Linda Carol Barrios

Linda Carol Barrios passed away on September 30, 2020 at her home in Norman, Oklahoma. Daughter of Lester Jack and Violet Faun Wilson, she was born February 16, 1954 in Norman, Oklahoma. She was a lifelong resident of Norman and graduated from Norman High School. After high school, she pursued a career in healthcare as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Over the years, she cared for patients at Central State Hospital, Norman Regional Hospital, and the Veteran’s Center. She treated her patients with kindness and gentleness, always showing them the upmost care and respect. 

She loved her family and animals with her whole heart. Her four children were the joys of her life, and she always made sure they were cared for and loved. She adored her cats and had compassion for all living things. 

Survivors include her sons, David Harrington of Norman, OK and Randy Barrios of Allenspark, CO; daughter, Amanda Lee and husband, Brandon, of Shawnee, OK; a brother, Marc Wilson and wife, Debra, of Norman, OK; a sister Jan Merchant and husband, Jamal, of Norman, OK; 5 grandchildren Dakota, Trevor, Logan, Lennon, Daniel; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and son, Stephen.

A graveside service will be held at 10:00am on Tuesday, October 6, at Sunset Memorial Park in Norman, Oklahoma.


On Friday, April 24, 2020, beloved brother, uncle, teacher, and coach Caylon Connie Berglan passed away at the age of 66. 
Caylon was born on December 6, 1953 in Norman, Oklahoma to Paul Wheeler Berglan and Dorothy Marie (Rollins) Berglan. He grew up in Norman and was proud to be a Norman High School Tiger, Class of 1972. During his school years, Caylon was an accomplished pitcher and first baseman in baseball and an all-conference offensive tackle in football. He received his education degree from the University of Oklahoma before spending the next 31 years in the employ of Norman Public Schools. Caylon had two pairs of grandparents in the Oklahoma Land Run and two more pairs of grandparents who moved to Oklahoma shortly thereafter so it seemed fitting that he taught American and Oklahoma history. His love of sports led him to coach boys' football and baseball as well as girls' basketball and volleyball. He was a life-long OU Sooner fan and became an OKC Thunder fan when Oklahoma City received an NBA franchise. 

Caylon was preceded in death by his father, Paul, his mother, Marie, and his brother, Gary. He is survived by his brother Dwight & wife Ann, his sister Margaret & husband Joe Tisdale, his brother Curtis & wife Reva, and numerous nieces & nephews and great nieces & nephews to whom he was affectionately known as "Uncle Big'un". Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family will have a small graveside interment service with a possible memorial service at a later date to celebrate Caylon's life.

Please keep the family of Caylon Berglan in your prayers. Caylon passed away today (April 24). A small memorial service will be held due to current restrictions with a potential service at a later time. I will post an obituary when it becomes available. 

How cool is this. Written by our own Allen Hill and dedicated to the children who died in the OKC bombing. Some of the proceeds go to PTSD treatment and grief counseling. 

The Firefighter’s Hands is loosely based on Major Allen Hill’s experience as a first responder during the Oklahoma City Bombing. It is a touching, beautifully illustrated, children’s story that delicately presents the concepts of Heaven, grief, and heroism. Major Hill is a real life superhero who: won a gold medal in the World Police &Fire Games; was a beachmaster for underwater firefighter rescues; and retired with the rank of Major. Over his 35 years with the OKC Fire Department, Allen has been involved with hundreds of rescues. Now, as a grandfather of four, he has entered the world of authoring children's books that are sure to warm your heart. The BFA Series name is derived from Isaiah 61:3 which states that Christ came to earth to bring us beauty for ashes and the oil of joy for grieving.

Another gone too soon. Please keep Vickie’s family in your prayers

Vicki Sue Davis (Blakemore)
August 22, 1954 ~ March 13, 2020 (age 65)

Vicki Sue Davis, age 65, life-long resident of Norman, passed away Friday, March 13, 2020.  She was born August 22, 1954.  Vicki was employed with the Cleveland County Clerk for 14 years.  She enjoyed listening to music and attending concerts, loved quilting and gardening, and was an avid OU football fan.  A loving wife, daughter, mother and grandmother, she will be deeply missed.

She is survived by her husband, Steven Davis; mother, Mary Blakemore; daughter, Sarah Beth Summers; son, Kevin Leon Summers and wife Donnie LyRae; brother, Terry Blakemore; and five grandchildren, Bailey Ferguson, Emily Ferguson, Jamie Ferguson, Harvey James Summers and Sawyer Davis Summers.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at Havenbrook Funeral Home in Norman.  Interment will follow at Norman I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

David Mathews
Died February 29, 2020

Dave Mathews asked very little of this world but he gave everything. His mark is everywhere. It’s in my home and in the homes of many of my friends and hundreds if not thousands of homes and businesses across Norman and Oklahoma City. He was a tile man. Everybody knew him. For years he drove an old Toyota FJ 45 Pickup which he imported from Johannesburg, South Africa in 1984. The late writer Dick Stansfield even wrote a story about his acquisition and the dogmatic determination he engaged, writing letters worldwide to find this exact style of truck. He drove that FJ 45 Land Cruiser pickup until it would drive no more, hauling tile, cement, sand and the tools of his trade. I sold him my Chevy pickup later so he would have reliable transportation. Dave always referred to the Chevy as “your truck.” He would tell me, “Your truck is doing great.”

Dave lived for his children, Grady and Jennifer, albeit from afar. He would always tell me that he wanted his kids to have this or that…a thing of value to him, whether it be money or a special rock he had found somewhere. He took a mission trip to Central America once to help build housing for the people there. He brought back a rock. When he knew of my travels, he would ask me to bring him a rock from Nepal, Colombia or Bolivia…and I would. He kept them by his front porch and later, in a sort of alter, scattered around a little grove near the apartment where he had moved. He would sit beneath the trees in the evening by his chimenea and play his congas or bongos, often toking on a joint. He didn’t care much about the law. 

According to Dave, he lived by the laws of nature, straight, plumb and square. That’s what he knew best and it showed in his work. His life was simple, but the things he found simple were beyond most of us. He could do things with tile, brick and mortar that would astound his clients. Dave’s craft was done the old way with mortar and lath, forming a perfect, wall, floor or room before securing the tile. He told about a shower he built for a man in Goldsby. The house burned down before it was finished, the only thing left standing was the shower. The fellow wrapped a chain around it, hitched it to his tractor and drug it intact across the acreage and pitched it into the ditch, still in one piece.

A free spirit, sometimes you got more than you bargained for with Dave. If commissioned to do a job, he would do it to perfection, but he might also add a special twist, just to make it his own and to give you something special and unique. It might be an unusual design he cut into the stone or some pattern he would craft from colored tile and center it in your shower. He would leave a stone cross or heart on my porch, cut with his tile saw and tell me where it should be displayed. He was bold that way and you lived with it, because he was Dave. 

He was bold in other ways too. A gentle man he was, but he would become livid with the government and the way they taught our children and spent his tax money…which he somehow never paid. Dave was called in by the IRS once and he would tell of the little room where he was interviewed. He said there was one table, two chairs and a light bulb overhead. They asked him why he would not pay his taxes and he said he told them they could stuff it. He told them they could lock him up, feed and house him if they wanted. They could have his old truck if that would help their cause, but he had no intention of supporting their misguided agenda. They turned him loose and stopped bothering him. Dave paid for everything in cash.

He had a few rants that when triggered, he would recite, then he would calm down and return to his work…a work of perfection. He was also passionate about his Lord. Dave would often quote scripture and it would often be a verse supporting his desire to have little, to value little here on earth besides his friends, his children and the work of his hands which he did with all his might.

Dave was good with numbers. He saw patterns in them, baffling to most of us. A date, added together would represent something of consequence. His birthday plus the month and year reversed might equal a phone number or some other odd mathematical accident. It was like Dave to die on February 29th of a leap year. I’m sure he would have something to say about that that no one else would have thought of.

He saw patterns in everything, the clouds, even in the trees. He would point out an odd grafting of two species, giving God the credit for this happy accident. His eye for patterns permeated his life and his work. 

My friend had a strange way of seeing almost everything. Once when camping with his family in Colorado, he, his wife Gala and two children joined us on a hike. There were some precarious places and he shied from them, later telling me that he couldn’t risk his kids. I, he said, had three so I could afford to lose one. You had to know Dave.

He always had a generous heart. In 1982 he had a large dump truck and tractor. He used them to help me build a long driveway at my home. He was a master with the front end loader and box blade, precisely grading out my driveway and then helping me pour several loads of concrete, dragging it by hand to level the surface. He never accepted a dime for his equipment or effort that I recall. We were friends and that’s what friends did. 

Dave was frustrated by technology. He swore it was some cosmic conspiracy against him. He told me for years that he was a dinosaur….that he couldn’t even work a cell phone. But he would tell me he knew he should get one so he could take pictures of his work and share them on the Internet. I finally convinced him to get one but he  got a flip phone. He tried a smart phone. I would demonstrate how to tap and drag his finger to make things happen but when he tried, it didn’t work. The conspiracy theory arose again, but smart phones weren’t designed for a man with layers of callouses on his fingers from dragging them through gritty concrete, shaping his art for generations to come.  He threw the smart phone away.

He was usually soft spoken, but sometimes Dave would enter the scene with his booming voice and high spirits. He called my middle son Benvolio, a name that stuck. “Benvolio, how are you today?” he would say and he always brought a smile. 
Dave would call now and then, out of the blue, and he would begin reciting a new poem he had just written or play something on his congas, then he would ask what I thought of it. If we were out somewhere, anything would do when the mood struck him. He could play a paint can, tin can or oil drum like the master he was.  

And like anyone, he enjoyed approval. When he would drop by he would sometimes disappear into the house. We might find him in the living room or one of the bathrooms, admiring his work from decades past. He would laugh and say that someday they would find him tipped over, face down in concrete. They would say he died doing what he loved most, creating something. They would just leave him right there and finish the pour. 

He didn’t miss it by much. When we get to heaven, when we see those golden gates and the pillars that support them, there will be a  bronze placard, carved by the Lord himself. On that placard will be the words, “These pillars were placed here by the best. They were built by my friend, Dave Mathews.” 

Dave was needed elsewhere and God has called him home.


Provided by Bill Dragoo. 

Obituary for Tommy Gene "Tom" Morgan

Tommy Gene “Tom” Morgan, of Noble, Oklahoma, passed away January 2, 2020 at the age of 65. He was born September 26, 1954 in Norman, Oklahoma to Gene Byron & Betty Alene (Woodrow) Morgan. 

Tom grew up in Norman and attended Norman High School, graduating in the class of 1972. He went on to attend the University of Oklahoma and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement Administration. For most of his working career, Tom was respected as a self-employed Petroleum Landman 

Tom enjoyed OU football, farming, hunting and fishing. Tom was an avid hunter the majority of his life, but in the last several years he preferred to enjoy the outdoors by watching and photographing wildlife. Scott and Carol Bauman filled his heart by allowing him to tend to their farm and work with their land and animals. He had an eclectic taste in music from Taylor Swift, the Beach Boys, and Shania Twain to Elton John, as long as it was LOUD. Tom also had a passion for weather and his favorite pastime was to watch the storms come in. His family always counted on him to send out severe weather alerts. 

Tom’s grandparents, Mary and Tommy Woodrow, blessed him with a plethora of cousins, aunts and uncles that fostered his great sense of humor. They often rode motorcycles or 4-wheelers together growing up and regarded him as the planner and researcher and when a trip or get-together was planned. Tom is survived by his best friend and birddog Boomer, 1 son, Mack Morgan, of Norman; 1 daughter, Macey Stewart & husband, Travis, of Norman; 3 grandchildren, Jaden Chapel-Morgan, Tesa Stewart and Daniel Stewart; his mother, Betty Morgan, of Norman; 2 sisters, Mary Hawkins, of Noble, and Christine Sarff, of Norman. The family would like to thank his aunt and uncle Janie and Marc Murphy, nephew Billy Sarff, niece Jenny Shuman, cousins Chad Murphy and Rusty Grissom and a multitude of extended family that he cared for so deeply. He is preceded in death by his father, Lt. Col. Gene Morgan. 

Memorial Services will be held at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at Wildwood Community Church, located at 1501 24th Avenue NE, in Norman, OK. Services are under the direction of the John M. Ireland Funeral Home & Chapel, Moore, OK.


Carlene  Lamar Standerfer

Carlene Lamar Standerfer

February 16, 1954 - September 11, 2019

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Carlene Lamar Standerfer age 65 of Norman, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019 at Norman Regional Hospital. Carlene was the oldest of two daughters born to W D Lamar and Braunita (Beal) Lamar. She grew up on a ranch southwest of Norman and attended Norman schools, graduating with the class of 1972. As a young girl, Carlene enjoyed working with her father, WD and grandfather Carl Lamar on the Lamar Ranch. There she learned to ride horses, work cattle and spent a lot of time going to rodeos. 
After high school, Carlene married and later raised three daughters, Tracy, Aimee and Sara Beth. She was a gifted student and attended college to become a nurse. For many years she worked in the Nursing field, working in hospitals and in the home health industry in Cleveland and McClain Counties. She especially enjoyed working with children and under privileged kids. 
Carlene lived in the Norman area all of her life. She loved being in the outdoors, riding horses, fishing and working in her yard. Throughout her life she also enjoyed bowling, roller skating and riding motorcycles. 
Carlene was a wonderful mother and loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by: 
Grandparents, Carl and Mary Lamar,
Chock and Laura Beal.
Parents, WD and Braunita Lamar.
Daughter, Sara Beth Standerfer.
She is survived by: 
Husband, Irvin Pendley of the home. 
Two daughters, Tracy Ratzlaff and husband Zac of Norman, 
Aimee Brown and husband Larry of Norman. 
Seven grandchildren, Taylor and Baylee Adkins, Maci Roesler, McKenzie Brown, Olivia and Ryane Ratzlaff, Tyler Whaley and Haylee Henderson. 
One great granddaughter, Averee Adkins. Sister, Mary Reikowsky of Norman, 
Cousins, David Chastain of Goldsby, Sam Chastain of California. 
And other loving relatives and friends. 
Graveside memorial services will be 10:00 am Saturday, Sept, 14, 2019 at Hillside Cemetery in Purcell, OK. Memorial donations may be made to the "Mary Abbott House" in Norman or the "Bethesda Inc" in Norman. Send online condolences



Gayla Sue Palmer

JUNE 15, 1954 – FEBRUARY 9, 2019

Obituary of Gayla Sue Palmer

Gayla Sue Palmer, 64, of Oklahoma City, OK passed away Saturday February 9, 2019.

She was born June 15, 1954 to William and Patsy Hansmeyer. On June 28, 1974 she married Joseph Palmer, Jr. in Norman.

Gayla loved to bowl, swim, shop, go to movies, travel; especially on cruises. She loved flowers and to decorate her home and look at new houses even if she had no interest in moving. Above all, she loved her family and grandkids.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband Joe of the home; children: Candice and husband Justin Fritz of Moore, Carissa and husband Scott Clumpner of Dallas, Camille and husband Doyle Cox of Yukon and Justin Palmer of the home; grandchildren: Brooklynn, Caroline, Joshua, Kai, Kamron, Kayson, Krash; sister: Diana and husband Val Schlueter of Norman as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Sunday February 17, 2019 at Primrose Funeral Service, Norman, OK. Visitation will continue from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday February 18, 2019 at the Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be at 1 p.m. at New Life Bible Church, Norman, OK. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery. Pastor Jayson John will officiate.

Arrangements entrusted to Primrose Funeral Service Norman, OK. Sign the online guestbook at

Marilyn Garman

Mar 16, 1954 - Aug 20, 2018

Marilyn Garman passed peacefully from earth to Heaven on Monday, August 20, 2018, at the age of 64. Marilyn was born on March 16, 1954, in Norman, OK, to Karl and Kathryn Malthaner. She graduated from Norman High School in 1972, she then went on to spend time at Oklahoma Baptist University, and then finally graduated from the University of Oklahoma. She also spent time at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary studying childhood education. On November 14, 1981, Marilyn married Jim Garman and was married to him for 36 years.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her father, Karl Malthaner. She will be lovingly remembered by her mother, Kathryn, her sister, Karen D'Amboise, and brothers Kent Malthaner, Mark Malthaner, and Kevin Malthaner, as well as her husband Jim Garman, and children Jason Garman and Sabrina Covey, and grandchildren Aria Garman and Natalie Garman. 

Marilyn loved children and spent decades teaching first-grade and second-grade Sunday school at church. She loved telling a Bible story and leading the children into a time with God. She also was a site coordinator for Whiz Kids, a mentoring program for inner city children. She believed that every child was worth the effort it took to help them reach their potential.

Marilyn was also a member of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief. She loved the idea of being able to help people in a real time of need and being able to show the love of Jesus to someone who might not otherwise have ever heard the name. 

A memorial service celebrating the life of Marilyn will be held at 11 a.m on Friday, August 24, 2018 at Quail Springs Baptist Church, 14613 N May Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73134

Barry Ray Rheudasil passed from this life to his heavenly life on June 23, 2018 in Norman, OK. Barry was born in Paris, Texas on Feb. 5, 1954 but spent almost all his life in Norman where he went to elementary school through graduation from Norman High. He loved Norman. Barry's life was not what he wanted it to be due to some unfortunate incidents beyond his control. Barry had a very kind and loving heart and was happy to help others. He liked to read and write poetry. Barry was loved by his family and his many friends. He is survived by his mother, Charlotte Stallings and step-father James Stallings of Paris Texas; father, Don Rheudasil and step-mother Iris of Okla. City; his sister Becky Miller and husband Zack of Dallas; his brother Mark Rheudasil and wife Helena of Okla. City. Bless his heart, he will be missed.

We have received word that Randy White passed away recently.  Please keep his family in your prayers.

Dr. Jonathan Randolph (Randy) White died December 31 after a three year battle with prostate cancer. He was a dentist in Norman and taught at the OU dental school in OKC. Service is Sunday, January 7, at 3 PM CST at First Presbyterian Church,555 S University Blvd, Norman, OK 73069. His first wife was Vickie Hutchison. They had two children, Allison Carter (Norman) and Jonathan White (OKC). Randy's second wife was Donna Hewitt, NHS Class of 1976. Donna had two children, Joseph and Robert Wharton (both live in California these days). Donna died in 2004.

Randall's Story

 Randall Clark Hackler passed away in his family's home in Norman, OK on November 24, 2017. Randy had been through a long struggle with cancer. His father Maurice Hackler died two days before, they walked together into the afterlife. Randy was born April 3rd, 1954 in Wichita, Kansas to Maurice and Robbie Hackler. The family moved to Norman in 1959. He graduated from Norman High in 1972. Randy attended Oklahoma University and received his BFA in 1983 and his Masters of Fine Arts in Printmaking in 1991. Randy left Norman during the summers to travel. He woke up in his 1957 MGA convertible beneath the Grand Tetons in Jackson, WY one morning in 1974. He had found his place. For the rest of his life he would travel between the two very opposite worlds. He loved fly fishing and backpacked into the Wind River Range every year except two between 1982 and 2017, many times by himself. He took great care of everything he owned and used the same camp stove for every single trip. Randy married Debby West on January 25th, 1987. Their daughter, Coral (Cory) Elise was born on June 10th, 1987. Every year on her birthday he would tell his beloved daughter that it was the anniversary of the best day of his life. Randy was a true friend to many people. He was always good at staying in touch and he made a point to visit his friends across the country. Predeceased by his mother, Robbie, and his father Maurice. He is survived by his daughter Coral Amayi and husband James-Garrett of Cochise, Arizona; sister Trudy Sickles and husband Don of Norman, Oklahoma; his niece Anne Maguire and husband Reed of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and his nephew Garrett Sickles of Denver, Colorado; along with several cousins. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests uploading a short story or video of your favorite memories of Randy to: A celebration of life service will be held at Shevaun William's Photography studio at 221 E Main St, Norman, at 7 pm the evening of December 15, 2017, with an art gallery reception to follow.

We are saddened at the passing of Randy Hackler, who lost his battle with cancer last evening.  Randy's father also passed away on Tuesday.  Randy's services will be held later next week after the family celebrates the life of his dad. Will post service information when it becomes available. Please keep Randy's family in your prayers. 

We have received word that Kathleen (Kate) Bryant passed away in Rockport, TX on 11/6/2017.  We will post additional information once it becomes available.  Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers.




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