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September 14, 2012

Muncrief's death leaves a void in Marlow

MARLOW — Ernest Muncrief will always be remembered as a one of a kind individual. For many, Muncrief was a teacher, a weatherman, the voice of the Marlow Outlaws.

Muncrief, 90, of Marlow, died Wednesday at his home.

“He was a very good friend and my neighbor. He was one of my teachers in high school,” Darrell Sparks, District 1 county commissioner, said.

Sparks said Muncrief’s death has created a gap in the Marlow community, a hole that may never be filled. The two had known each other for many years and were close.

Sparks attributes much to Muncrief and was saddened to hear about his death.

“He was my ag teacher for several years,” Sparks said. “He helped raise some of us boys. He helped keep us on the right path. He is going to be missed.”

In 2010, Muncrief received the Benjamin Franklin Award from the National Weather Service. The award was presented during a Marlow Lions Club meeting and recognized him for 55 years of service.

He took over the Marlow weather station in the 1940s, after the person running the station retired. When the National Weather Service looked for someone to take over the station following that retirement, Muncrief agreed to do it for the time being. But even 57 years later, it was still a job he enjoyed.

“Probably everyone in the county knew him,” Sparks said. “He was one of a kind.”

Muncrief was a well-regarded Marlow resident known by all ages. And more than likely, people associated him with either Marlow Public Schools or agriculture.

Sparks remembers well Muncrief’s winter battles with breaking ice for the cattle that he and his family raised.

Sparks said people used to go over to Muncrief’s to see if he needed help breaking the ice around his cattle only to be told he’d already done it.

“He didn’t want anyone to help him until he absolutely needed it,” Sparks said.

In the education field, Muncrief was more than an agriculture teacher.

He spent half a century as the voice of the Marlow Outlaws, retiring from the position in 2006. Muncrief also delivered the school’s mail from the Marlow Post Office.

Joe Ligon, First Baptist Marlow pastor, took the microphone following Muncrief’s retirement as the voice. Ligon said there was no way to replace Muncrief; they just handed him the microphone.

“I had the great privilege of knowing Mr. Muncrief,” Ligon said. “When I moved to Marlow, I was the superintendent of schools. He used to deliver the mail every day. And he had a contract (with the school) for a cup of coffee every day.”

Ligon and Muncrief were in the Marlow Lions Club together for many years. Ligon said there is no denying Muncrief’s quality as an individual Muncrief.

“He was such an icon here in our community,” Ligon said.

At the time of Muncrief’s retirement as the voice of the Marlow Outlaws, Tommy Cosgrove, who was the Marlow High principal at the time, said Muncrief was dedicated to the school district and was an important part of Marlow Public Schools.

“He’s been a role model for all of us,” Cosgrove said at that point.

Sparks said Muncrief was active up to the end of his life. He was defending his home against fires just days before his passing.

“He was as good as they come,” Sparks said. “I will miss him.”

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