OKLAHOMA CITY —
The entertainment industry also lost veteran actor Dale Robertson, who died in February at age 89. Robertson, who was born in Harrah and spent much of his final years at his ranch in Yukon, starred in television westerns such as “Death Valley Days” during the 1950s and 1960s and later had roles on the popular night-time soap operas “Dallas” and “Dynasty.”
Dr. Perry Inhofe, the son of U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, was killed Nov. 10 when the plane he was piloting crashed near Tulsa.
A preliminary report on the crash by the National Transportation Safety Board said Perry Inhofe took an unexpected turn and told air traffic control that he had “a control problem” and that his left engine was shut down.
The sports world also saw the death of Patsy Sutton, 74, the matriarch of a family of coaches; her husband Eddie Sutton and sons Scott and Sean. Another son, Steve, is a Tulsa banker.
Others who died during the year include former Oklahoma first lady Ann Bartlett, former Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Brenda Reneau, former Oklahoma House Speaker Rex Privett, former state Reps. Mike Murphy, Forrest Claunch, Bob Ed Culver and Odilia Dank and Claremore Mayor Mickey Perry.
Wade Walker, an OU football captain and All-American during the early Bud Wilkinson years and later an OU athletic director who hired coaches including Switzer and Billy Tubbs, died at age 90.
Kenneth Stanley “Bud” Adams Jr., the owner of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans and who was born in Bartlesville, died at age 90. Adams was a founding owner in the American Football League with the Houston Oilers, which moved to Tennessee in 1997.
Former University of Tulsa football player Bill Purifoy died in November at age 53, former heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Morrison, who grew up in northeastern Oklahoma, died in September, he was 44.