NORMAN — Max Marquardt of Norman, Oklahoma passed away Friday, February 7, 2014 at the age of 78. Max was born September 8, 1935 in El Reno, Oklahoma.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Ruby and Fred Marquardt; his sister, Gloria Holzen; his brother Pete Marquardt; and second wife Barbara Nation.
He is survived by his daughter Cindy Byram and her husband Gregg with granddaughters Ashlee and Morgan Byram; his son Brent Marquardt and his wife Angela with grandchildren Madison, Mackenzie, and Brandon Marquardt; and his son Brad Marquardt, all of Norman.
Max grew up in Union City, Oklahoma where upon graduation from High School he attended Central State University (UCO) on a basketball scholarship and also participated in football, baseball and track and field. Max obtained all-conference honors in basketball for three years, where he was twice named Central State University’s Outstanding Athlete in both his freshman and senior years, and obtained his Master’s Degree.
While attending Central State, Max met and married his first love and mother of his children, Jerry Marquardt. Upon graduation from college, and at the ripe old age of 21, Max became the youngest head coach in Oklahoma when he accepted the head basketball coaching position at Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, where he coached for four years. He then accepted the head coaching position at Pawhuska High School where he coached for the next three years. In 1964, Max became the head basketball coach for the Norman High Tigers. Max considered this his dream job as he turned down many college coaching opportunities. Norman was where he wanted to raise his family and leave his legacy. His name is forever etched on the Wall of Fame in the NHS gym where he spent most of his time. As well as coaching he touched many children’s lives by teaching driver’s education at NHS. Most of the students remember him for letting them make frequent stops at the local donut shop.