Class of 1977
1977 Maroon Spotlight
Football 74-77, Basketball 74-77, F.F.A. 74-75.
Michael Scott Dexter
August 18, 1958 – December 20, 2022
Michael Scott Dexter, 64, of Fort Worth, Texas, passed away Tuesday, December 20, 2022.
Mike was born in Missoula, Montana, August 18, 1958, the oldest child to Bob and Helen (Phillips) Dexter. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to Donovan Creek near Clinton, Montana, where he caught his first fish, a small trout from that creek, which ran right through the homestead. After his sisters were born, the next move was to a ranch near Corvallis, Montana. There was plenty to do: milking cows, slopping hogs, and other farm-related work; riding horses, damming the creek for a swimming hole, and playing with the cousins when they came to visit.
After Mike’s father suffered a heart attack it was recommended that he make a job change, and eventually the family moved to Perry, Oklahoma, where Mike graduated in 1977. He played football and basketball, was a member of the Future Farmers of America, and played the alto sax.
After high school, Mike attended the state vocational school located in Okmulgee, certifying as an electrical and HVAC tech. He moved to Texas working for several companies including a company that traveled around the country, building well-known chain stores from the ground up.
Mike loved sports, especially football. He was a fan of the Oklahoma Sooners and the Dallas Cowboys. Mike knew the players and coaches, and was pretty accurate on who was going to come out on top at the end of the season. He kept up with the news, politics, and enjoyed watching old movies. Some of his favorite actors were John Wayne, Gregory Peck, Katharine Hepburn, and Jimmy Stewart. Mike had a big heart, helping those in need, and he had a personal relationship with God.
Mike is preceded in death by parents Bob Dexter and Helen Dexter, Stangl.
He is survived by daughter Kayla Dexter; sisters Michelle (Gary) Lawson, and Marla (Derick) Ezell; niece Megan Lawson; a dear friend of more than 30 years, Lee Stewart; his beloved dog, Teacup; and extended family.
A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, January 13, 2023, 2:00 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 727 Elm St., Perry OK. Interment will take place later at Grace Hill Cemetery in Perry.