FORREST LEE HAYDEN, SR.
Family and friends gathered October 10, 2015 at St. James Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City to celebrate the extraordinary life and contributions of Forrest Lee Hayden, Sr., inspired adult educator and loving husband, father and friend who passed away earlier this year.
Born in Gulfport and brought up in Pass Christian, Lee was educated in public school until he entered St. Stanislaus, where he excelled academically and in sports, graduating Valedictorian in 1945. Lee was in the United States Army from 1946-48, serving in the Korean Occupation.
He completed a pre-engineering course at Perkinston Junior College and married Margaret “Maggie” Dantagnan of Bay St, Louis, MS.
Moving to Norman, Oklahoma, Lee enrolled in the University of Oklahoma, graduating with a B.S. in 1951 and an M.S. in 1952. Lee joined the Extension Services Division of O.U. and began his career in adult education, and he and Maggie began their family.
Lee periodically returned to the Gulf Coast for employment. Each time, the University of Oklahoma offered him more challenging positions in adult education.
He returned to Oklahoma in 1966 and remained in adult education for the rest of his career. Lee “pioneered one of the most innovative Continuing Education programs in America,” and helped to coordinate the design, construction and opening of the Oklahoma Center for Continuing Education (OCCE) in 1962. OCCE facilities continue to serve OU’s Outreach/Continuing Education program today.
Lee’s dedication to adult education won him numerous service awards from the National University Extension Association. In 1972 he became Director of Short Courses and Conferences managing approximately 450 conferences annually, coordinating planning and program development for 125 of them. Following a separation and divorce, Lee married Jan New, Education Coordinator for the National Asphalt Pavement Association.
In 1985 Lee was selected for a position with the Human Resource Development Service of the Oklahoma State Office of Personnel Management, helping to design and deliver management training programs for more than 12,000 state employees annually.
By 1993 he became Director of their Management Development Division, later receiving a Governor’s Commendation for dedicated service to the citizens of Oklahoma. Lee retired in 2003.
He enjoyed travel, the pleasures of everyday living and the comfort of his home. After a brief period of hospitalization and nursing home care with hospice in 2015, Lee passed away in May.
Lee loved finding new ways to grow and learn, and he encouraged and helped many people to continue their education by employing them or helping them to find work.
His mind was ageless, his humor irresistible, and his kindness and generosity well recognized.
Lee was preceded in death by his father and mother, Julius John Hayden, Sr. and Forrest Spring Hayden; his brothers, Julius John Hayden, Jr. (Lillian) and Eugene V. Hayden (Buck); his aunt, Mildred Copeland (Dick), and his former wife and mother of his children, Margaret Dantagnan Hayden. Lee is survived by his wife Jan; his six children and their spouses: Holly, Patty (Nathan), Forrest Lee, Jr., Margaret (Conner), Dan (Caroline), and Michael (Toni), and his twelve grandchildren: Heather, Sarah, Jesse, Dylan, Aaron, Avery, Amelia, Noah, Jill, Alex, Reagan, and Benton.
Memorial contributions may be given to a heart, stroke, cancer, autism charity or hospice of your choice; the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA); the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma; Oklahoma City Rescue Mission; Salvation Army, Wounded Warriors Project, or St. James Episcopal Church.
Harvey J. Wehrwein passed away on Sept. 8, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas.
He was the son of Marilyn Deakle Mavor and the late Conrad Mavor and the late Ellwood J. Wehrwein.
He was born in New Orleans, La. and had previously resided in Waveland, MS.
Survivors include his mother Marilyn Deakle Mavor, Waveland, MS., sister Marilyn W. Madden, Gray, Ga., two sons- Joey and Damien, Uncle Delbert Deakle , Kenner, La and a host of cousins and friends and special friend Debbie Thortensen.