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March 5, 2013

Fisher's sunrises always remembered

DUNCAN —  

Cowboys come with their own culture, own ways of life, and many times, their own quirks such as an appreciation for sunrises and a preference for blue barns.
Anyone who knew John Fisher would not discount the fact that he was a true cowboy and throughout his 80 years on this earth, his family and friends said he never met a stranger. The Marlow native and life-long resident passed away March 1 at the age of 80 and will be pulled to his final resting place in true cowboy style at 10:30 a.m. today from First Baptist Church in Marlow to Marlow Cemetery.
“He’s going to be pulled in a more than 100-year- old black carriage hearse that’s coming from Atoka,” said LeAnn Sellers, Fisher’s daughter. “It’s very fitting and I think he would be so excited for something like that.”
Born Aug. 26, 1932 in Marlow, Fisher was a graduate of Marlow High School and later received his bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University, known then as Oklahoma A&M. He married Joy Janell Brown on Nov. 6, 1955 and together they ran an 1,800 acreage ranch, until Joy’s death just a short month ago on Jan. 30, 2013. The ranch was previously owned by his parents, 
“They would have been married 58 years in November,” said Sellers. “When she died, I knew he wouldn’t last long because he loved her so much.”
During the last four to five years of her life, Joy was not able to take care of herself, so Johnny did the cooking and cleaning to the best of his ability. Sellers said one of her friends told of how they would pull up to church and Johnny would walk around to let Joy out and help her into the church.
“He was a very special man,” Sellers said. “My dad loved to laugh, he was precious.”

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