Laizure left the university in 1984 to be co-founder and co-publisher of the Cleveland County Record, a weekly newspaper in Noble. At Noble, the newspaper was one of the first in the state to be produced totally on personal computers.
The Transcript purchased the newspaper in 1989 and retained Laizure as the newspaper’s editor.
He was The Transcript’s senior photographer at the time of his death. His photos have been honored with awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists and Oklahoma Press Association. The family was active in organizing and making Christmas and Easter gifts for homeless children living at East Main Place and at the Salvation Army.
In addition to his wife, daughter Jennifer and sons Phillip and Jackson, Laizure is survived by three brothers and a sister. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Mary Laizure and brothers Robert, Cecil, and Michael.