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Villareal – Coach Morey W., 91,

Posted: 27 Nov 2007 3:14AM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Villareal,Haney
TULSA,OK -- Villareal – Coach Morey W., 91, Former Educator and Coach at Tulsa Rogers HS died peacefully on Saturday, September 9, 2006. Born January 30th, 1915, the son of immigrants from Spain and Mexico, he grew up in the North Tulsa Greenwood area and survived the Tulsa Race Riots of 1921. He attended Central HS where he was a standout running back and a state champion wrestler in 1933. He attended Central State Teachers College (now the University of Central Oklahoma) where he was a two-time All-American in wrestling. Months after his graduation, he married Martha Lou Haney of Oklahoma City. A stint in the US Navy followed where Morey trained sailors in hand-to-hand combat, in preparation for overseas assignments in World War II. He coached championship football and basketball teams in New Mexico and Kansas before retuning to Tulsa. Morey received a Masters Degree in Business Education from the University of Tulsa in 1953. He coached wrestling, football and golf at Rogers for 22 years. He was twice named Oklahoma Wrestling Coach of the Year. In 1958 his wrestling team won the only wrestling state championship in school history. He was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1995. He developed athletes that went on to NFL careers, but treated the average athlete with the same respect and dignity. Coach did not know prejudice. He was an admired leader for Hispanics, African-Americans and an effective role model for all minorities. He was recognized for community service in 2005 by receiving a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from US Congressman John Sullivan. He was a loving father and husband. Morey and Lou raised six children with warmth, devotion and unconditional love. He is best remembered as a leader of young men. He took a lower middle class group of boys and taught them not only how to excel in athletics, but also pressed them to achieve academically, to be good citizens and to make the most of their lives. He was a father figure to many people and gave a life direction to a large number of Tulsa’s youth. It is a legacy that lives on…and will never die. His wife Lou preceded Morey in death. He leaves behind a devoted family, 6 children: Morey J., Bob, Betty, Danny and John of Tulsa, Martha of Savannah, GA; grandchildren: Kristen, Robert, Andrea and Megan of Tulsa, Randy and Kacey of Savannah, GA, Leslie of New York City; 3 great grandchildren; a brother, Joe of Muskogee and a sister Helen Flores of Tulsa. Mass of the Resurrection will be at 2:00PM Wednesday September 13, Holy Family Cathedral, followed by a private family interment. A reception will be held at Tulsa Bible Church at 5:00PM on Wednesday. Friends are contributing to Tulsa Area United Way Agencies. The Fitzgerald Ivy Chapel, 585.1151.

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