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.
Max Marquardt was a coaching icon at Norman for 20 years. Coaching basketball and baseball, Max made the Tigers a state tournament regular in the early to mid 70s and won the 1970 State Basketball Championship. He retired in 1984.
Marquardt was elected into the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2001. After retiring from coaching Max owned and operated the Kettle Restaurant on Lindsey Street in Norman. For the past few years, his love for life on the go led him to drive cars for Reynolds Ford of Norman to occupy some of his time.
For those of you who knew him, you know he was an incredible man, PaPa, devoted father, coach, mentor, gifted story teller, and comedian. He loved to watch his grandchildren play sports and proudly watched them grow up. Max’s true talents were off the court. Max was gifted with the ability to genuinely make everyone around him feel special and brought out the best in people. He was loved by thousands and has left a tremendous legacy behind.
In lieu of flowers, Max’s wish was the continued support of the Work Activity Center in Moore, Oklahoma, where his son Brad is currently working and has for the last 20 years. The Center benefits and provides work skills for special needs individuals of all ages. The Center relies completely on their existing contracts and the donations of others. Please make donations to:
Work Activity Center, Inc.
203 E. Main
Moore, Oklahoma 73160
Att: Beverly Young
A celebration of life service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 13, 2014 at Journey Church, 3801 Journey Parkway, Norman, Oklahoma 73072. Arrangements for Max and his family were placed in the care of the Vice Family at Havenbrook Funeral Home, Norman, Oklahoma. Online condolences may be shared at
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