Earl Dean Hicks, 80, a long-time resident of Perry, Oklahoma, passed away on March 17, 2019 at Stillwater Medical Center at Perry following a brief illness.
Hicks, the youngest of 11 children of Ervine P. and Edna Hicks, was born in Carnegie, Oklahoma, July 25, 1938. The family moved to the Perry area in about 1947. Earl attended Perry Public Schools from the third grade until high school graduation in 1956.
He married Roberta Ann Myers of Sumner, Oklahoma on July 19, 1957. She preceded him in death in 2013.
He then attended Tulsa University and Oklahoma State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree.
He was the recipient of a National Academy of Science award that allowed him to earn his master’s degree in Math and Physics from the University of Oklahoma.
He began his first career as an instructor for Perry Public Schools where he taught for 30 years in areas of math, physics, and computer science. He is thought to have taught more than 2,000 Perry students over his career.
Following retirement from teaching, he worked in the Perry City Offices as an administrative aide from May 26, 1987 until June 25, 2006.
He had been a member of the Perry Memorial Hospital Board of Directors. Earl was currently serving on Perry City Council to a seat to which he was appointed to February 6, 2018. He was preparing to start a new 4-year term, running unopposed for election. He previously served a term on the City Council from Nov. 19, 1984 through April 20, 1987.
The couple had three children: Tracy Hicks, of Marland; Rodney Hicks, of Rancho Cucamonga, California, and Lisa Ann Hicks Berger, of Oklahoma City. Two granddaughters: Jessica Hicks-Malan, Tulsa, and Lindsey Berger, Oklahoma City; and one great granddaughter, Addison Hicks, of Tulsa.
Services are entrusted to Brown-Dugger Funeral Home. A visitation and viewing is scheduled for Tuesday, March 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. with family present, at Brown-Dugger Funeral Home.
A funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, at First Baptist Church in Perry, Oklahoma.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Perry High School Alumni Fund, Perry, Oklahoma.
Mr Hicks was an awesome physics instructor. His efforts directed me to my engineering profession. We visited many times after I moved back to Perry. Many fond conversations.
Dean FekenPerry, OK
All Prayers for you all!! Hugs he was a Great Person!
Christina Dolezal- HerrianOklahoma city, OK
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Rest In Peace Uncle Earl ~ ❤️
Linda (Hicks) SmithSeattle, WA
I was very sad to hear of the passing of Earl Dean Hicks. He was my math and physics teacher at Perry High School and one of the best teachers I ever had. In fact he prepared me so well for OSU that I found the math and physics classes there to be just a review of what he taught me. He also contributed so much to the Perry community. He was truly a fine teacher and citizen and will be remembered and missed by many including me.
Mary Ann Martin MatzkeCorvallis, OR
Earl had been a great friend.
Byron MayesOklahoma City, OK
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I enjoyed teaching with Earl. Lots of good memories!
Kenneth H FrankPerry, OK
Earl's many years of service to the City of Perry are so appreciated. It was my honor to work with him. He will be missed!
Dixie JohnsonPerry, OK