The Norman Transcript

Obituaries

March 27, 2014

Robert L. ‘Buddy’ Pendarvis

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NORMAN —

His civic work included working with community leaders in a campaign to get approval of the first one-cent sales tax. That was in 1966, when the tax raised just $50,000 a month. It now generates about $3.5 million each month for the operation of the city. He represented the Chamber of Commerce before the Corporation Commission to establish Wide Area Telephone Service for metropolitan areas in the late ’70s or early ’80s, ending Norman residents paying a long-distance fee to dial an Oklahoma City number.

He has served as president of the Lions Club and has been active in the Chamber of Commerce and United Way. One of his favorite honors was being chosen as the Norman 89er Day Parade grand marshall in 2007. He truly was an ambassador for Norman.

He met his wife, Donna Drake, on a blind date, and the rest was history for them: 47 years of marriage. They raised three children — Price, Patti and Paige — and loved being parents. He was actively involved in their lives, attending almost every activity his children participated in while also coaching some of their teams.

Family was extremely important to Buddy. He taught his family how to live each day with joy and have fun, too, but also how to live unselfishly. Buddy loved people and, in turn, he was loved by many, too. He has touched countless lives. He loved serving his country, his profession, his community, his faith, his family and his fellow man.

Buddy was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Donna Pendarvis in 2007.

He is survived by a son, Price Pendarvis; daughters Patti Fox and husband Larry and Paige Hofer and husband Jon; his brother, William “Billy” Pendarvis and wife Betty; his eight grandchildren, Amanda, Megan and Austin Pendarvis, Sidney and Jeremy Fox and Drake, Shane and Chase Hofer; and cousins, nephews and nieces. He will be missed by his dear friend, Gerry Mayes.

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