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October 25, 1951 - August 21, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Mack Lamar "Rooster" Cogburn, died peacefully at home in Oklahoma City on August 21. Present during his passing were wife, Sherry, and their dog, Sam. The cause of death was living a very full life. Born October 25, 1951, in Lubbock, Texas, to parents, James Cogburn and Imogene Gray, Mack charmed his way through high school, playing both baseball and football. After graduation from Coronado High in 1971, Mack enlisted in the United States Navy. Just before basic training, Mack suffered a car crash, leaving him medically deceased and honorably discharging him from the forces. However, Mack is a "come back kid"; his life was not yet over. Leaving the Lubbock dust storms, Mack moved to greener pastures of Oklahoma in 1974. Bouncing around from job to job, Mack later claimed he'd been a doctor, a fireman, a cowboy, an inventor, a rodeo clown, and an actor, among other professions. Once, while tending bar, he challenged a customer for a $100 tab, flipping a coin, double or nothing. Mack won the cash and the customer paid the tab! Ever the gambler, Mack finally found his niche in the ups and downs of the oil and gas industry. Starting as a landman, Mack enjoyed searching down mineral owners and building relationships. Surviving the oil crash of the '80s, Mack's persistence and love of the industry paid off when he began his own mineral investment company, Tularosa Inc., in 1998. While a young man in oil and gas, Mack met Sherry Rose Hill. When they both weren't working, they "made every weekend, every second, count," traveling with friends to float the Illinois River, play roulette in Las Vegas, lying on the beach in Cancun. Married for nearly 38 years, Mack stole Sherry's car in 1976 and refused to give it back until she said "I Do." An elopement to Taos, NM followed with children a few years later. In his 62 years, Mack lived in Texas and Oklahoma, however, when asked, said he would have gone surf side, residing on a beach in Florida, Mexico, or the Bahamas. Near the end of his life, Mack made his landlocked disappointment clear, telling his children to "never wait for something you really want because there might not be any time to wait." Not one for regrets, Mack's final wishes included a family memorial trip to his favorite sandy destinations. Surviving him are wife, Sherry Cogburn; daughter, Amanda Rose Cogburn Baustert, her husband Doug Baustert, and their children, George Kincaid Baustert, Anelie Rose Baustert, and Charles Mack Baustert; and son, Travis Lamar Cogburn, his wife Christy Smith Cogburn, and their children, Colt Lamar Cogburn and Carter Wayne Cogburn. Mack is also survived by a sister, Mitzi Cogburn Gragson and her family; and a brother, Gary D. Cogburn and his family. Predeceasing Mack were parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family members ? as well as his gallbladder, the right side of his liver, and two front teeth (which he lost in a friendly misunderstanding with a buddy's right hook.) Also waiting for him at the Pearly Gates are several loved pets and his lifelong best friend, Nick Stephens. Celebration services are to be held on Monday, August 25 at 12 p.m. at Vondel L. Smith Mortuary North. Respecting Mack's wishes, funeral attendees are asked to wear bright colors and, in lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Santa's Cause, c/o Quail Creek Bank. Summing up his end of life journey, Mack signed his letters to friends and family with three simple words: "Via con Dios."

Published in The Oklahoman on Aug. 24, 2014
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