Oklahoma State Senate
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: May 23, 2008
Senate Mourns Passing of Jack Mildren
The full Senate has given unanimous approval to a resolution honoring
the life of former Lieutenant Governor and University of Oklahoma
football star Jack Mildren. Lt. Gov. Jari Askins, President of the
Senate, presided over the chamber as the resolution was read and
approved unanimously. Mildren, age 58, was diagnosed with cancer
two years ago and died on Thursday.
Corn, principal author of Senate Resolution 105, said he was
extremely saddened by Mildren’s passing. He recalled Mildren
as a man who loved life and always had a smile on his face.
“Even though he’ll always be remembered as the famous
football star, he was an extremely successful businessman, creating
jobs for countless Oklahomans,” said Corn, D-Poteau. “As
Lt. Governor, he showed us that integrity is more important than
partisan politics, and he worked tirelessly to promote the state
Known as the Godfather of the Wishbone, Mildren also achieved
later success in the oil businesses as co-founder and President
of Regency Exploration, Inc., and as an independent oil operator.
He also hosted a daily sports radio talk show on two local radio
stations, as well as two television sports programs.
Sen. Jeff Rabon served as then Lt. Gov. Mildren’s senior
administrative assistant in the early 1990’s. Rabon recalled
Mildren as the most selfless man he’d ever met.
“He was tough and smart on the football field, in politics
and business. I admire his character and his tenacity, and I’m
very sad that we’ve lost him at such a young age,” said
Rabon, D-Hugo. “Our hearts and prayers go out to the entire
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