NORMAN — Calvin “Leo” Fowler was born May 22, 1933, in Madill and passed away in his home there Saturday, April 26, 2014. He was the son of life-long residents Virginia and Calvin Fowler.
He attended school in Madill, graduating from MHS in 1951, where he was known as a great athlete and notorious prankster. He attended OU on a football scholarship but soon began boxing and won Oklahoma’s Golden Gloves Middleweight Championship in 1954. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from the University of Oklahoma.
In 1952, he married Shirley Richerson, of Claypool, and they had three children: Robert, James and Susan. Football and coaching young people were his passions, and his first job after college was with the Bethany Broncos, where he also revived their track program. He later coached in Perry, Chickasaw and Muskogee, finally ending up as athletic director in Joplin, Mo. After five years in Joplin, Leo moved to Miami, where he became head coach at Miami Dade High School and enjoyed the sun and water sports. But Oklahoma was his home and he returned here in 1975, taking the assistant principal position at Moore High School. He later returned to Norman as the Tigers’ athletic director.
In 1985, he married Peggy Peterson McClure, of Norman, and moved back to Madill to care for his aging parents. He settled into a life of semi-retirement, eventually working evenings at the Texoma Peanut Company.
He is survived by his loving wife, Peggy; her three children, Brenda, Shelley and Allen; and their children and grandchildren. He is also survived by his three children and two granddaughters, Emily and Cora Barraza of Dallas.
Leo will be greatly missed each time we chew a King Leo peppermint stick, celebrate an OU win or hear the Kingston trio playing. He was an intellect who loved folk and classical music, spent hours reading maps and history books, recited and wrote poetry and kept a lovely garden. Leo was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and we are grateful to have shared his days.