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1934 - 2019

John A. Philbin, Sr.
July 2, 1934 - Feb. 8, 2019

John Arthur Philbin, Sr., 84, passed away on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, after a lengthy decline in health followed by a stroke. John was born in Shawnee, OK on July 2, 1934, to Floyd Arthur and Challie Calhoun Philbin. He was a graduate of Oklahoma University, where he was president of Sigma Chi. John earned his juris doctorate from Oklahoma City University and joined the law firm that later became known as Speck, Philbin, Fleig, Trudgeon and Lutz, where he practiced over 50 years.
John was avid OU football fan. He was a former President of the Oklahoma City All Sports Association.
John is survived by his wife of 35 years, Peggy; and her daughters, Emily and husband Matt Shaffer and their sons, Harrison, Bennett, and Preston; and Jennie and husband Anthony Curtis and their daughters, Caroline and Madeleine. He was previously married to Diane Douglass and is survived by their son, Doug Philbin and his wife Gwen and their children, Sydney and Amanda Jayne. He was predeceased by his son, John A. Philbin, Jr., and is survived by daughter-in-law, Barbara Philbin, mother of Claire and husband Zach Walchuk and their children, Liam and Eli; and Maggie Philbin. He was predeceased by brother, Don Philbin.
A very special thanks to fraternity brother, Ken Taylor, for his friendship. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Pediatric Cancer Research at Children's Hospital Los Angeles at 4650 Sunset Blvd, Ste 29, Los Angeles, CA 90027, in honor of Amanda Jayne Philbin; or Oklahoma Chapter of the Humane Society. Per John's request, there will be no memorial service.
Published in The Oklahoman on Feb. 10, 2019
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