NORMAN — Warner Earl Lovell, Jr., of Norman, died January17, 2013, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born April 12, 1944 in Fort Worth, Texas. When he was eight years old, his family-- parents and two sisters-- moved to Long Beach, Calif., where he grew up and graduated from high school with honors. Lovell left Long Beach in 1962 to attend the University of Oklahoma, where he graduated on the President’s Honor Roll with a B.A. in journalism in 1966. While studying for one year on an MBA, he took some law courses, and it became obvious to him that he wanted to be an attorney.
Lovell commented that the eternal debate between plaintiff v. defendant captivated his interest and compelled his vocational choice.
In 1970, Lovell graduated from the OU Law School and for the next 41 years practiced as a trial lawyer — mostly concentrating in family law.
Twice he argued orally before the Oklahoma Supreme Court on cases which successfully established new precedent, one of which had national implications. He practiced with Fagin, Fagin and Fagin, P.C., then Fagin Hewitt Mathews and Fagin, P.C., then Fagin Lovell and Fagin, P.C., and in 1988, until retirement in 2011, he practiced as a sole practitioner. However, he was “of counsel” with The Able Law Firm from 1991 until 2011.
Lovell married GwynetthHobson on Sept. 3, 1966 — a marriage which lasted 46 years until his death.
He and his wife enjoyed traveling so much that they went on 47 cruises, including trips to four continents and numerous islands. As recently as 2012 they went on nine vacations. They always lived in Norman.
Athletics was always an important part of Lovell’s life. As a boy, he was on numerous baseball, football (3 years undefeated), track, gymnastics, swimming and water polo teams.
As an adult he competed in Master’s division soccer teams for 10 years, and was an avid tennis player for decades, until November, 2012, winning several local tournaments. Lovell considered himself the No. 1 OU football fan. He was an OU cheerleader for four years (1964-67); only missed one OU home football game for 51 years (1962-2012) and attended every OU v. Texas game during that span.