The Norman Transcript


April 8, 2013

Resident counts his blessings



“One was a typing class I took with some skinny girls in the 11th grade. I type every day,” Trimble said.

The other class was in law school, a class on legal bibliography. It was that class that taught him to research case law, a task now handled by a secretary at her computer.

Trimble looks back on an amazing journey. He is the only one of his siblings to finish high school and the first college graduate in either side of the family.

“My three children were the second, third and fourth to finish college,” Trimble said.

He helps provide for nieces and nephews in an effort to break the poverty cycle.

“I have been blessed. All my life I have been trying to pay back for being blessed,” Trimble said.

Reared without any religious background, Trimble married into the Methodist church, he said, and became very active at McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church. At one time, he taught a class of college age kids “during the Vietnam War, and we had some spirited discussions.”

The students presented him a Bible as a Christmas gift.

“I had never read the Bible,” he said.

Although someone suggested that he focus on the New Testament, Trimble felt it would be better to read the entire Bible through, and he started daily Bible readings.

He doesn’t know how many times he has read the Bible start to finish, “but I read it every morning except Wednesdays.”

Wednesday mornings are given to the men’s prayer breakfast that he helped start at McFarlin 50 years ago. It is an ecumenical meeting, “open to anyone, including women, although we seldom have women attend,” he said.

He left the Methodist church some years ago and now is a practicing Catholic along with his second wife, Patty.

He maintains his law practice and is in the office every day and intends to keep it that way, with respites of travel and participating with his horses and dogs in field trial competitions — a sport that he enjoys with a granddaughter in annual trips to North Dakota.

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