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October 28, 2013

Allen Morain to be grand marshal

NORMAN — Allen Morain, a near life-long Norman resident and businessman, has been selected as grand marshal for this year’s Norman Christmas Parade. He will lead the 10 a.m. parade Dec. 14 from Norman High School east on Main Street to Crawford Avenue.

“All my grandkids have been coming down to the Christmas parade every years. It’s a big deal for us,” Morain said.

He and his wife, Loyce, look forward to the parade every year. “I don’t know why the committee picked me but I’m honored,” he said. “We’ve been blessed.”

Committee chairman Ed Copelin said Morain’s selection was easy.

“The theme is Hometown Christmas and it doesn’t get more hometown than Allen Morain,” said Copelin.

Morain was 5 years old when his father, Gordon Morain, was transferred here from Clinton. Gordon Morain was the chief projectionist and air conditioning maintenance man with Griffith Theatres. Gordon Morain had worked earlier in Clinton, Hobart and Borger, Texas. He came to Norman to service the theater chain’s five movie theaters and five more operated by the Naval bases.

Morain’s family business, named Gordon’s Specialty after his father, opened in Norman in the late 1940s at 217 W. Main. It later moved to the Hale Building at 400 W. Main and later to a location on Gray Street, just west of the railroad tracks.

Gordon Morain was known around town for his expertise repairing everything from Christmas tree lights to water coolers. Allen and his family, including his wife Loyce and son Bruce, operated the business after Gordon retired and in 1995 a new business opportunity opened up and about 200 similar family operations around the country merged into Service Experts.

Morain and his wife, Loyce, have four children and 17 grandchildren. Their children are Connie Baker, Tammy Pasque, Bruce Morain and Ann Kizziar. They are longtime members of Norman’s First Baptist Church and volunteer with several of the church’s ministries.

Copelin said several bands including a combined Norman North-Norman High, Noble and possibly Southmoore are coming. Santa will make an appearance on a special street-legal sleigh.

The parade website, NormanChristmasParade.com, has the entry form. It is also available at the Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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