USAO Mourns Regent Jack Mildren
CHICKASHA -- Flags were lowered to half-staff on Friday at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma to mourn the death of a great friend to the institution, Regent Jack Mildren, who died Thursday after a two-year battle with cancer.
Services are scheduled at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, at McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church in Norman.
President John Feaver shared the news with faculty, staff and alumni on Friday morning, which surprised many since Mildren's cheerful outlook led his friends to believe he would survive the ordeal.
Former Lt. Governor and energy entrepreneur Jack Mildren was an Oklahoma success story and icon for public service. Gov. Brad Henry appointed him to the USAO Board of Regents in 2006.
" There is no way to overestimate his contributions to the board," USAO President John Feaver wrote to employees and friends of the college. " He served only two years on the USAO Board, but his stature and his profile across the state had tremendous impact in drawing attention to USAO and what we endeavor to accomplish. He's a good friend and he will be missed."
Sports websites call him " the greatest quarterback in Oklahoma football history" and " the Godfather of the wishbone offense," following his 1969-71 career at the University of Oklahoma under Coach Chuck Fairbanks.
After his college fame and brief professional football career with the Baltimore Colts and the New England Patriots, in 1979 Mildren and a partner started Regency Exploration, which ultimately was sold to a Fortune 500 company. This allowed Mildren to enter Oklahoma politics, where he was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1990.
Later Mildren became president and CEO of Pre-Paid Legal Services. In recent years, he has led companies in the energy and software industries. In 2003, Mildren was named Vice Chairman of Arvest Bank in Oklahoma City.
A favorite avocation was sports talk radio. Until his death, Mildren hosted an afternoon daily talk show on 930 WKY, Oklahoma's oldest radio station, in Oklahoma City.
Larry Jack Mildren was born October 10, 1949 in Kingsville, Texas. He died May 22, 2008 in Oklahoma City.
Mildren attended Cooper High School in Abilene, Texas, leading the Cougars to the Class 4A state championship in 1967.
At OU, Mildren set records in his 1971 senior season. He was named both All-American quarterback and Academic All-American his senior season.
Mildren is survived by his wife, Janis, and their three children: Leigh Woody and her spouse Russell Woody, Lauren Ford and her husband Adam Ford, and Andrew Mildren, who is married to Caroline Mildren. The Mildrens also have a grandson.