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February 24th, 2013 09:35 AM
RIP Jaime Melendez
Former Sooner offensive lineman in the '70s, and a classmate of mine at Lawton High, Jaime Melendez, has passed away in Tulsa. Coached at Booker T. Washington. He was was one if the nicest guys ever. RIP my friend.
His daughter posted this on Facebook.
Dad found his peace this morning. He passed away a little after 6am. My dad was and will always be bigger than life, and was so humbled by everyone reading this. All of your prayers, your encouraging words, your diligence in making sure his family was taken care of; I know he is even more at peace knowing how loved he was. For all of his former players, we always laughed that his obituary would say that he was survived by a beautiful wife, two daughters, and hundreds of sons. You all made his life so rich. He lived his life just how he wanted and in his words, "rode til the wheels fell off." I love you dad, always, always, and always.
February 24th, 2013 09:53 AM
He was a fine player. He was part of a group of really dominant home grown linemen that OU had during the mid 70s. I specifically remember him being highlighted on TV for a block he made in the Texas game which resulted in an OU Touchdown. It's great to know that he touched the lives of so many others.
February 24th, 2013 09:59 AM
Got drunk with him one night in Norman circa '76. He had to be only 56 or 57? Was it an illness?
February 24th, 2013 10:02 AM
Sorry to hear about your loss.
February 24th, 2013 10:07 AM
Jaime was probably 57. Lung cancer I believe.
February 24th, 2013 11:52 AM
I've been wondering what ever happened to Jaime... Pretty young to go. Condolences go out to his family and friends and the LHS family.
February 24th, 2013 01:34 PM
February 24th, 2013 03:12 PM
Best thoughts and prayers for his family
February 24th, 2013 03:30 PM
February 24th, 2013 04:06 PM
Really good guy, rest now.
February 24th, 2013 04:35 PM
Jaime scored a TD against Texas. Recovered a fumble in the endzone. He was one of Switzer's favorite players. He was a year ahead of me in school. Friendly bear of a guy. He could party,but I remember that he and his brother wore that ROTC uniform and showed respect too. This one hits close to home. We ran in way different circles but I was always proud of him.
February 24th, 2013 04:52 PM
He did pretty well for being 6'1", 260 tops.
February 24th, 2013 04:55 PM
February 24th, 2013 05:18 PM
February 24th, 2013 05:50 PM
That's what I misremembered.
February 24th, 2013 06:01 PM
Very sorry to hear this. RIP. I never had the pleasure of meeting him at OU, although I knew many of the players.
February 24th, 2013 08:09 PM
He was my spanish teacher at broken arrow.... Would throw tape balls at us if we were goofing off.... Sparked up a cig during class once... One of my favorite teachers.
Was one of our coaches too... Guy always spoke his mind, didnt care about ramifications.... But would take how ever much time that was necessary to teach you something... Only teacher i visited after graduation.
February 24th, 2013 09:40 PM
Coached me in football and track...taught us all to cuss in Spanish so we wouldn't get flagged in games.
Outside of football he kicked me in the ass several times to get me back on track when I was going the wrong way.
Fantastic man, great coach, great player.
February 24th, 2013 11:30 PM
Makes sense if it was lung cancer.
February 25th, 2013 02:46 AM
The 1975 OU team went to the Orange Bowl that year. Eight players from that Orange Bowl roster have passed away. That's unbelieveable. R.I.P. to Jaime and the others.
Sammy Jack Claphan
Lee Roy Selman