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March 17, 2013

After 70 year in Norman, a different perspective

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NORMAN —

Stepping out of day-to-day operations of a business gave Morain a chance to spend more time with his family of four children and 17 grandchildren and for his outdoor sports activities. Although they live on a golf course, he said “hunting and fishing, that’s my golf.” A member of First Baptist Church since 1947, he and Loyce have time to work in the church ministries helping families in need. They regularly make hospital visitations “and call on people with needs. Doesn’t matter what denomination they are.”

In a mentorship program of First Baptist Church in cooperation with Lincoln Elementary he meets weekly with a boy who needs a male role model. “We do homework or I read to him, or he reads to me. It is a volunteer program that is not costing the government, the schools or the parents anything. Morain leaves each session each week with “a sense of being able to fill a void in that child’s life.”

Reflecting on the Norman he knew as a child and youth he says “life was simple. Things were unadulterated. People were trusting. They didn’t lock anything up.”

Being closely involved with his grandchildren, attending their sporting events and other activities, he sees the changes in lifestyles. He can look back to sharing three meals a day around the family table. He values most his family and the roots that grew deep through a lifetime in the Norman community.

Growing philosophical, he adds “I’ve seen a lot of comings and goings. But life is that way. Things change.”

 

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