Celebrating the life of Maurice Edwin Mahan
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with Don English officiating.
Maurice, the eldest child of James and Elizabeth Mahan, was born June 3, 1915 in Quilnlan, Oklahoma. He grew up on a farm, was educated through 8th grade at a country school, and graduated from Quinlan High School in 1932. He graduated from Oklahoma A & M (now Oklahoma State University) in 1937 with a degree in agronomy. September 4, 1937 he married his high school sweetheart Leatha Marie Washburn.
his high school sweetheart Leatha Marie Washburn.
Mr. Mahan began his professional career with the state of Oklahoma surveying soil. This experience led to a job with the Soil Conservation Service (SCS) where he worked in several cities in Texas (San Angelo, Brownwood, Ranger, and Fabens). In response to a family crisis, he returned to his home in Quinlan to farm for a year before returning to the SCS and moving to Altus, Oklahoma in 1944. In 1948 he became a Prudential Insurance agent and the family moved to a farm near Headrick, Oklahoma where he could also pursue his farming interests. In 1952 they moved back to Altus where he founded the Mahan Agency which remained open till his retirement in 1990. He was a certified senior appraiser and served as president of The Altus Board of Realtors and the Life Underwriters Association.
Mr. Mahan was a charter member of Grace United Methodist Church in Altus, where he served on the administrative board and was active in Methodist Men. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and for 36 years was a member of the Altus Noon Lion's Club, serving as President in 1971. In 1991, Maurice was honored by his fellow Lions when he was named a Melvin Jones Fellow, the highest honor conferred by Lions Clubs, International Foundation. this award is given to a person who has served his community and Lions in an outstanding manner that best exemplifies the Lion motto " We Serve" . He was involved with Associated Christian Ministries serving as president and working on the "Corp Walk. He worked with the Boy Scouts of America as a scoutmaster for 10 years and with the Girls Scouts as a board member during the time when Camp Kate Portwood was established. Maurice volunteered extensively with the Salvation Army as well as Meals on Wheels. He also helped with ACMI House, Senior Council of Jackson County, RSVP, AARP, Hospice of Jackson County and Roadrunners. He and his wife enjoyed traveling with the Altus Good Sams. In 1987, Maurice was honored as a Living Legend sponsored by the Museum of the Western Prairie and KWHW Raido in Altus.
In September of 1996, after making their home in Altus for 44 years, Maurice and his wife Leatha moved to the Baptist Retirement Center in Oklahoma City where they are members of the New Hope United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Edwin and Elizabeth Robertson Mahan; one sister; Helen Freeman of Amarillo, Texas; and one great-grandson, J. Preston Mahan of Altus.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Leatha Marie Mahan of Oklahoma City, six children, Susanna Mahan Norman and her husband Joe of Amarillo, Texas, James C. Mahan and his wife Glenda of Altus, Terry Mahan and his wife Sandra of Phoenix, Arizona, Jan Mahan Ford and her husband John of Azle, Texas, Dr. Den Mahan and his wife Georgia of Tullahoma, Tennessee, Shari Mahan Portman and her husband Bob of Oklahoma City, two brothers, John Mahan of Oklahoma City and Rev. James Mahan of Altus; one sister, Lola Fritzler of Derby, Kansas; 18 granchildren; sex great-grandchildren and many in-laws, nephews and nieces.
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